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The OXD Mirror: Hot Chip is back, Plus New Releases by Marcus Marr, Robag Wruhme, and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Hot Chip: 'Huarache Lights'

Hot Chip’s sixth studio album is on the way with an expected release scheduled for May, and the first single, 'Huarache Lights,' is already prime material.

 The song includes all the elements that made us all fall in love with the British ensemble in the first place: quirky arrangements, a catchy melody, infectious basslines, and they went further this time by  including a sample of First Choice's classic disco anthem 'Let No Man Put Asunder.' Hot Chip has set my expectations high and I look forward to what is coming up.

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out and Feel the Love with Music by Frank Ocean, Satin Jackets, HNNY and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

My last column delved into the realm of deep house, showcasing the darker elements of house music. Today we take a significant departure and invite you to relax and chill out with some dreamy soundscapes by house music superstars.  

Frank Ocean paid tribute to the late Aaliyah last month on what would be her 36th Birthday, by covering her remake of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit, 'At Your Best (You Are Love).' Ocean's haunting, stripped-down version gets a futuristic, cosmic makeover by L.A.'s starRo, a producer and DJ known for his downtempo tracks that fuse "beats with jazz, R&B, soul, chill, emotion, and love."  It's the perfect track to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, which is right around the corner.

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The OXD Mirror: Andy Butler Goes Solo, And Other New Music For The Week

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Andy Butler is the mastermind behind the rotating disco house act Hercules and Love Affair, and the man behind the group's three full studio albums released between 2008-2014.  The group, comprised mostly made of LGBT performers (Butler himself, Antony Hegarty, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman and Nomi Ruiz to name a few) brought back a  very queer sound to mainstream house music.  Though Butler has always acted as the "lead" for HALA, every song has always been a collective effort of the many artists that make up the group.  In 2015, Butler has set to break off on his own and produce under his own imprint.

Andy Butler: 'You Can Shine (Feat. Richard Kennedy)'

Debuting his first solo EP next month, Butler leads with recent tour mate Richard Kennedy, who acted as male vocal lead for the last Hercules and Love Affair world tour.  I had the pleasure of seeing this very sassy vocalist perform during that tour and his vocal chops and stage presence are combinations you don't see too often.  'You Can Shine' is an excellent club track, with some sounds reminiscent of Butler's HALA days as well as some new flavor injected.

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The OXD Mirror: Tin Man Remixes Erol Alkan & The Return of Paradisco

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Originally conceived by Erol Alkan as an exclusive track for his FabricLive 77 Mix, ‘Sub Conscious’ received a new acid treatment by ones of my favorite producers in 2014, Tin Man, which is coming out as a 12” on the Phantasy imprint.

Tin Man’s experience with neoclassical and ambient work can definitely be seen in this re-work, but it is the added piano riff towards the end of the track that really makes it stand out as a hot record for the dancefloor.

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The OXD Mirror: Dive Deep with Miguel Migs, Compuphonic, Walker & Royce and more

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

EDM may have ruled the airwaves in 2013, but 2014 saw a shift to all sorts of house music, both mainstream and otherwise. The resurgence of deep house is a trend Occupy The Disco is a big fan of and today I'll be highlighting some of the latest cuts from that subgenre.

Miguel Migs' enlists the soulful vocals of Meshell Ndegocello on 'What Do You Want,' a track from the San Francisco-based DJ's latest album, Dim Division.  This isn't the first collaboration for the two, with Meshell providing vocals for two tracks off of 2012's Outside the Skyline. While the original production on the track is light and airy,  The 'Migs Salted Vocal' highlights the bassline, grounding it in a lower atmosphere and making it much more dancefloor ready. The track is part of a remix package, out on Defected Records later this month.

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The OXD Mirror: Catch a Fever With Fiorious and Other Sizzling New Singles

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Fiorious: 'Fever'

We first introduced you all to electro funk/disco/pop artist Fiorious back in 2012, and his queer disco sensibilities and New York style immediately struck a chord with us.  

The Bronx-born artist quit his day job as a pop music journalist and moved to Europe to start a music career of his own.  As a follow up to his 2012 self-titled album, Fiorious is prepping his Danceteria EP for release this month.  'Fever' is the first release from said EP - and combines some really fun funk and disco elements into an upbeat track.  I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what else this guy has in store for us in 2015, but for now you can grab this track as a free download here.

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