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The OXD Mirror: Is JHud the New Dance Diva? And The Return of Midnight Magic

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Jennifer Hudson won the hearts of the gay community (and an Academy Award) with 2006's 'Dreamgirls,' playing underdog Effie White.  Her first two solo albums following the movie, Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me, showcased her vocals in a more subdued, traditional R&B environment.  Her most recent album release, JHud, has taken the singer in a a new direction with something new to add to her repertoire: dance music diva.

Gorgon City ft. Jennifer Hudson: 'Go All Night'

I've always felt there's been an element to Jennifer Hudson's talent that's been untapped; with the smooth disco and funk-inspired sounds of her new album JHud, it feels as thought that missed potential has finally been fulfilled. Jennifer hit the studio after finishing JHud with rising star producers Gorgon City for a track for their debut album, Sirens, out this past week. The production itself is catchy, although fairly similar to the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure.  The real star of this song is Jennifer's voice; her vocals shine brightly on this house track, reminiscent of other great house vocalists like Martha Wash and Robert Owens.  Bonus fact:  this track was co-written by another rising star, Kiesza.

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The OXD Mirror: Yelle is back, and new music from Escort, jozif and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Yelle: 'Complètement Fou'

French trio Yelle has a distinctly fun and unpretentious approach to pop and dance music, and became popular in 2007 after their cover of 1987’s hit ‘A Cause Des Garçons,’ including a cute remake of the original music video by another trip curiously also named A Cause Des Garçons.

This week, Yelle's third studio album, Complètement Fou (French for "Completely Crazy”), sees the light of day, keeping in line with the trio's signature electro-pop sound with the album's title track.  Continuing with the feel-good vibe reminiscent of post-Daft Punk French electronica, the just-released music video embraces rich colors, oversized popcorn, and voguing. The combination that showcases Yelle’s effortlessly sexy, silly and hilarious style that makes them so unique. 

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out with Dreamy House Tracks by Horixon, Chris Malinchak, Soul Clap & More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Monarchy's Andrew Armstrong teams up with John Sambrooke again for another Horixon EP, which includes their latest single, 'Great Things.' Jacques Teal's beautiful, introspective vocals are complemented by a dreamy landscape provided by this hot production duo.

The EP's title track, 'Brighter Day' features house vocalist legend Robert Owens. Having collaborated with Owens before on 'Lifeline,' (released by Kitsuné) there's no question their new collaboration will fall into heavy rotation. Check out both tracks on the Brighter Day EP, available now on Beatport.

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The OXD Mirror: Kiesza Teases Her New Album, And Other New Music From Fred Falke and Elizabeth Rose

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

We've been closely following Kiesza since her debut single 'Hideaway' got our attention this past spring. Her follow-up single 'Giant In My Heart' continued to build on the singer's success as she set out on a rigorous media tour to support her quickly rising star. Over the past weekend, Kiesza released 'No Enemiesz' to tease the release of her album, Sound of a Woman, on October 21st.

Kiesza: 'No Enemiesz'

Kiesza certainly picks up where she left off in 'Hideaway' and 'Giant In My Heart' with 'No Enemiesz.' The track has a pulsing house beat complemented by piano keys in the chorus, all wrapped together with Kiesza's soulful vocals. The singer claims her debut album will contain not only dance and house influenced tracks, but you'll also hear grunge, rock and folk on Sound of a Woman. We're certainly excited to hear her debut release next month – but in the interim, be sure to catch her performing on Ellen on September 24th.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Groove Armada, Zero 7, Audiojack, The Juan Maclean and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

 
Groove Armada: 'Rescue Me'
 
Groove Armada has been around for nearly 20 years now and they still churn out instant classics at a rate most producers would only dream of. They’ve come a long way since the 90s, with an evolving sound that so far has been influenced by house, jazz, dub, pop, R&B, trip-hop and drum’n’bass.

 
2014 has been a prolific year for the British duo with the release of three EPs so far, including their latest Stairwell Felonies out now on Get Physical. The smash opener ‘Rescue Me’ brings back memories of old-time warehouse parties with its soulful elements, strong build-ups and ethereal breaks.  
 
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The OXD Mirror: Get Housed by The 2 Bears, Hot Since 82 and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

The 2 Bears, comprised of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raphael 'Raf Daddy' Rundell, have just released 'Get Out,' the opening track from their sophomore album, The Night is Young.

The track starts slowly, with a cadence that wouldn't feel out of place on a Hot Chip Album, but quickly builds and takes the listener on a journey to the dance floor. The track sets the stage nicely for the album's lead single, 'Angel (Touch Me),' which has had me grooving for several months now. The Night is Young releases on October 13th via Southern Fried Records

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