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The OXD Mirror: A Tribute To Chicago House And More New Music

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Robert Owens: 'This Time'

Even though house music is as well known today as mainstream genres like pop, rock, and R&B, it has not always been so commonplace or well-regarded as it is in 2015. Chicago was one of the first hold outs for house music, where this new and evolving music style broke race and sexual orientation barriers in the 80s – bringing people together under this new form of rich, soulful dance music, and eventually spreading all over the world.  

London-based record label Midnight Riot, known for their compilations of original disco and house tracks along with classics and B-sides, have put together a really great album that pays tribute to Ron Hardy, the Music Box, and the formative years of Chicago House. The album mixes vintage material with tribute tracks from current artists and Chicago legends, like vocalist Robert Owens. Owens is Chicago House royalty; one of the few that has reserved his soulful vocal talents for dance music. ‘This Time’ is his excellent contribution to this Chicago-centric compilation, which features many queer artists like Owens himself, and the likes of The Cucarachas, The Carry Nation, Severino, Alinka & Shuan J Wright, and The Black Madonna.  

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The OXD Mirror: Getting Deeper Into House with Severino, Fort Romeau and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Vanessa Daou: 'Love Is War (Severino & Terry Farley Dub Is War Mix)'

Vanessa Daou’s 1996 single 'Two To Tango' became a 90’s club staple after getting a popular rework by New York legend Danny Tenaglia. Nearly 20 years later, one of Horse Meat Disco’s prolific producers/DJs, Severino Panzetta, alongside Terry Farley of Roach Motel, have given her 2013 'Love is War' track their special touch to make yet another one of her soft spoken-word driven recordings into a hip-moving anthem. The simple, single note keys combined with an addictive bass line are the perfect instrumentals for Vanessa’s vocal work, making it a sure hit for late night crowds. 

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The OXD Mirror: New Disco Edits by Dimitri From Paris, Holy Ghost!, Todd Terje and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

 

Today's column starts with a "Throwback Thursday" moment, back to 2013 when we initially shared 'So Good,' by Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One's combined act, Tuxedo. The duo just released their eponymous full length album and are currently touring the world. Disco don Dimitri From Paris gives their lead single a fresh update by peppering the track with his signature synths and funky grooves.  It's also available as free download to celebrate Dimitri's hitting 5 million Soundcloud streams.

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The OXD Mirror: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles and More New House Music

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

David Morales: 'Frankie's Tune'

One year ago, the world lost the man affectionately known as “the godfather of house music,” Frankie Knuckles.  With five singles hitting #1 on the Billboard dance charts, including “Tears” and “The Whistle Song,” and dozens of hit remixes for artists like Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, and Lisa Stansfield, Knuckles’ impact was felt not only the airwaves but in the clubs.  He was one of the pioneers of house music along with childhood friend Larry Levan, and the phenomenon they created with their music transcended gay, straight, black or white clubs, uniting many under a shared love for this new dance music. 

Frankie was part of a collective called Def Mix with long time friend David Morales. In tribute to his late friend, Morales has released ‘Frankie’s Tune,’ a beautiful, soulful house track true to the style that Morales and Knuckles crafted together in their many years of producing. Tamra Keenan provides vocals on the track, backed by the signature Def Mix piano and percussion. It’s a tender reminder that house music isn’t just bass and beats, but can be a rather lush form of music from the soul, a legacy that Frankie was instrumental in fostering.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Róisín Murphy, Jad & The Ladyboy, Discodromo, Virginia and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 

Róisín Murphy is finally back big time. Last month, the Irish singer teased us with the Paris is Burning-inspired 'Gone Fishing,’ followed by last week’s killer dance track ‘Jealousy’ (which has both a disco and house mix) and now it is time for the first official single off of her new album to see the light of day, 'Exploitation' – an interesting mix of uptempo beats, distorted synths and a jazzy guitar, all tied together by Róisín's strong vocals. The new LP, Hairless Toys, will be out on May 11th, although it will not include 'Jealousy,' which so far is available only as a vinyl EP (you can stream the full EP here).

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The OXD Mirror: New tracks by Monarchy, Du Tonc, Goldroom, The Carry Nation, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Regular readers of this column know that Occupy The Disco was conceived at a Monarchy concert way back in 2011. We convinced our friends to come check out this band that they had never heard of but we were positive they'd enjoy nonetheless. After amassing a sizable crowd, we recognized that our friends, and the young gay community in general, were open to experience nightlife sounds beyond the Katy Perry/Rihanna/Britney variety, and Occupy the Disco was born. Since then, Monarchy has held a special place in our hearts as we patiently awaited a follow up LP to their phenomenal debut album, Around the Sun

The UK-based duo, comprised of Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black originally released 'Black Widow' on their Almost Human EP late last year and have now included the track as part of the band's full length album, Abnocto. To celebrate the album's release they debuted a brand new video that features album guest star Dita Von Teese (who collaborates with them on 'Disintegration,' another album track). The song includes all the elements I love about Monarchy: poignant lyrics, sung in beautiful falsettos by Black, brought to epic proportions by Armstrong's cosmic production. Abnocto released last week, thanks in part to a pledge campaign that funded the project. Read more about the project in an interview with Armstrong, where he also discusses coming out publicly late last year.

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