The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Today we celebrate the one year anniversary of The OXD Mirror on Towleroad. We want to thank Andy for giving us the opportunity to share our love for music with Towleroad readers. Music is the centerpiece of social functions for many gay men and we are lucky to have the chance to expose readers to great new music they perhaps would not hear otherwise. Our goal is to elevate the gay musical palates beyond the pop world and re-ignite interest in disco and house music for our community as it has played such a strong role in our cultural, sexual, and political revolution. Thanks to everyone for reading and for all the support!
Nick Monaco: 'Freaks Edit'
While Nick Monaco has had only one official release so far (which we featured in March), his refined production skills hardly pass unnoticed. Monaco's most recent track, an edit of Digital Underground's 'Freaks of the Industry' is a great example of how hip-hop and house music can be seamlessly combined. The jazzy elements of the original track are still present on top of the more uptempo beat in 'Freaks Edit'. And, although the vocals have been stripped down to mere moans and background whispers, Monaco manages to keep the song's soul intact. This track (and the entire bootleg EP Nick Monaco has put out with fellow Californian Navid Izadi) is available for free download.
Ripperton feat. Hemlock Smith: 'Tape Hiss'
Raphaël Ripperton is a Swiss producer whose career has been on the rise since the release of his debut album 'Niwa' back in 2010. For his sophomore effort, A Little Part of Shade, which is scheduled for release later next month, Ripperton has invited a series of artists to collaborate on most tracks, including Swiss folk/rock singer Hemlock Smith, who has provided vocals for four tracks. The first single and one of the songs to feature Smith's vocals is 'Tape Hiss,' a mellow, yet powerful piece of work that leaves it up to us to decide whether we should dance or solely appreciate its beautiful melodies with closed eyes on our own.
Say Lou Lou: 'Julian (Lancelot Remix)'
Lancelot has been on my radar for a bit over a year now as he slowly releases some great original tracks and a few remixes every once in a while. The Sydney-based producer's latest venture is a re-work of Swedish girl duo/sensation Say Lou Lou's 'Julian.' It is interesting to see an artist like Lancelot seeking a darker path, especially when his most notable productions are clearly geared towards a bright and happy mood. This track is available for free download on Say Lou Lou's website.
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