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04/19/2007


The OXD Mirror: A Return of The Greats, New Music From Hercules and Love Affair and Todd Terry

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

As history has always showed us, GLBT people have always been the ones to set the trends in music, followed furiously by the rest after the impact of our music is felt on the world. 

Hercules and Love Affair - 'Do You Feel The Same'

Hercules and Love Affair, the queer collective started by Andy Butler, effectively rendered electro dead with the revival of disco in their 2008 hit single, ‘Blind’, featuring Antony Hegarty.  The success of this single and the group’s first album helped to bring disco back in a new and serious way to electronic producers and bands.  Over time, the group has featured out artists like Nomi Ruiz, Shaun J Wright, Kele Okereke, Kim Ann Foxman, in addition to Hegarty and of course Butler himself.  The group is back for their follow-up to 2011’s Blue Songs, called Feast of the Broken Heart, out on April 14th, with ‘Do You Feel The Same’ as the lead single.  The pulsing jam is rife with the great beats and sleek vocals, this time courtesy of HALA’s touring vocalist Gustaph.

More new music AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror:
(Re)Introducing Florrie and a set inspired by Plastic Plates

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Florrie - 'Seashells'

British model/drummer/pop singer/songwriter Florrie first occupied my ears 3 years ago with 'Call 911,' which was briliantly remixed by disco mastermind Fred Falke in 2010. The song quickly became my personal favorite of that summer (the more popular 'Happiness,' by Alexis Jordan, complemented it perfectly) and I've enjoyed following her career ever since.

After notable releases like 'I Took A Little Something' and 'To The End' on various EP's, Florrie is releasing a new EP, Sirensin April of this year – her first release since being signed to a major record label. The lead single, 'Seashells' has a heavy Middle Eastern backbone that complents Florrie's ethereal vocals, making it a nice slow burner for the dancefloor. While her debut album is rumored to be "still happening," we'll have to make do with yet another tease from the blonde bombshell, which will hopefully satiate us until the LP details are released later this year.

Tomorrow night, we're OCCUPYING Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery for OXD fan-favorite and ally, Plastic Plates' return to New York. Check out a set inspired by his pop, disco and house sensibilities, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: The Politics of Dancing and New Music by Annie, Plastic Plates and Sam Sparro

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

The Politics of Dancing...or Why Occupy The Disco?

Before Stonewall happened in 1969, two people of the same sex were not legally allowed to dance together in New York City. You could get busted for engaging in such act, and people often got in trouble with the cops for doing exactly that. But over the years following the Stonewall riots and the consequent repeal of the city’s cabaret law in 1971, dancing would become gay people's most powerful form of protest, and the main tool for expressing who they are. It laid ground for the gay civil rights movement to flourish by connecting the right people across dancefloors. And this social, political and dance revolution would be powered by uptempo black R&B records played by gay DJs at queer and racially diverse places like The Loft, The Gallery, the Paradise Garage and The Saint, which were only to be labelled “disco music” by the mass media towards the end of the '70s decade. The rest is history, and gay culture, civil rights and even the mainstream music industry would change forever.

Disco (and house music later in the '80s) is more than a music genre – it has a history of gathering under one roof people that wouldn't otherwise come together: gay, straight, black, white, rich and poor. It started as a revolutionary gay movement with direct social and political consequences.  Forty years later, disco and house still push boundaries and change concepts by simply inspiring us to dance (and collectively protest) all night long.

Annie feat. Bjarne Melgaard: ‘Russian Kiss’

The politics of dance music are obvious in Annie's latest release, 'Russian Kiss,' a collaboration with fine artist Bjarne Melgaard. Scheduled to coincide with the kick-off of the Sochi Olympics, the song and video are blunt statements against Putin and his gay-hating laws that have been broadly covered by all media channels at this point. Part of the proceeds from the song will go to the gay rights advocacy non-profit All Out. The track is heavily inspired by Lil’ Louis’ 1989 classic hit, 'French Kiss,' with an important twist: the infamous female orgasm break is replaced with a sexy male version. A tweak that could perhaps shake Russian’s authorities suppressed homoerotic feelings?

More new music AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Andre Leon Talley goes Disco via Midnight Magic and More - LISTEN

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

Company Freak - 'Andre Leon Talley (Midnight Magic Remix)'

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, self-described dance super group CompanyFreak have released the EP of their single, 'Andre Leon Talley'.  The song is aptly named after the not-gay former Vogue editor and judge for America's Next Top Model, boldly claiming in the lyrics "I wanna be just like him!  I wanna have friends like him!"  While I can't say I necessarily agree with the sentiment,  I am definitely want to have more of CompanyFreak's brand of dance, soul, funk and disco music.  Fellow super-group and perennial OXD favorite Midnight Magic have remixed the original, adding in their disco sensibility and funky breaks to the song.  It even got the attention of Out Magazine, who named it a "fashion week anthem".

An array of music, for fashiony and non-fashiony types, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: The 'Return' of Róisín Murphy and Tracks inspired by Hot Since 82

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT

The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Freeform Five feat. Róisín Murphy - 'Leviathan'

One of the most distinctive voices on the pop, house and disco scene belongs to the Irish maven known as Róisín Murphy. We've enjoyed her as part of Moloko and she won our undying adulation with 2007's Overpowered. Since then she's given us collaborations and original tracks that in an attempt to keep us satiated. One track that has been rumored for years is 'Leviathan,' a track Murphy has played privately part of her DJ sets, but never saw (or heard) it's official release. Finally, Murphy teams up with Anu Pillai (Freeform Five) to release the track, out next week on Eskimo Records.

The track is brilliant as expected but I also find the song inspiring. The creators themselves have described the song as "rallying call for individuality" against the system of society, including its constraints and freedoms. Something we can all sympathize with, for sure. Also included is a remix by Pillai himself, with cosmic grooves that harken back to his Kid Gloves days  when he created one of my absolute favorite remixes ever, to Murphy's 'Movie Star.' Is it Murphy's official return? Not really... but we'll take what we can get. 

Check out a playlist inspired by Leeds' Daley Padley, better known as Hot Since 82 
AFTER THE JUMP. ..

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by The Mekanism, Bright Light Bright Light, Wolf & Lamb and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

As one of the most played artists at the legendary New York City club Paradise Garage during the late '70s and through the '80s, Gwen Guthrie became a familiar voice that echoes through decades in the gay collective unconscious.

In addition to making her own music, she performed backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna. She was also often remixed by Larry Levan, who made her famous at the Garage scene in the '80s. Thirty years later, young French producer The Mekanism (born Damien Rousell) takes a stab at reviving one of Guthrie's hits, 'Dance Fever,' with an uptempo re-work filled with energy and groove. The track can be downloaded for free here.

More music for your dancing pleasure, AFTER THE JUMP...

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