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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Erol Alkan, Dedication, Francis Inferno Orchestra and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

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.  

Margot: 'Waldorf (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)'

As one of London's legendary dance scene influencers, Erol Alkan has done it all, from party promoter to DJ to music producer. Having started in the electro and new rave era of the early 2000’s, Alkan seamlessly transitioned into the electronic dance scene and today runs his own label, Phantasy, which releases many talented artists, including Daniel Avery and Connan Mockasin. Alkan is a prolific remixer who has re-worked artist like Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Scissor Sisters and The Chemical Brothers – and his latest work for Margot is my highlight this week. This is a track that builds up a lot of power during its initial 2 minutes before it finally breaks into the kind of ecstasy inducing climax every dancefloor hopes for. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of the big hits of 2014.

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The OXD Mirror: Reintroducing MNEK and a Slew of New Remixes

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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.   

Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, known to the masses as MNEK, has peppered the soundscape with his unparalleled talent, through collaborations and remixes for artists such as Rudimental, Charli XCX and Duke Dumont. Now that the British teen has signed to a major record label, he's pulling out all the stops and gearing up to release of his first full-length album. The buzz around MNEK started with his release of various "refixes" of 90s hits (using his vocals and completely new backing). Browsing through his soundcloud feed makes it clear that the popular music from this 19-year-old's childhood, from garage to R&B, has influenced his style in every possible way. With 'Every Little Word,' MNEK repackages those influences and infuses some new jack swing into his already iconic souful vocal vibe. Can't wait to hear what he has in store for us next!

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The OXD Mirror: Róisín Murphy's Shows Off Her Italian Side and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Roisin Murphy - 'Ancora Tu'

Irish disco chanteuse Róisín Murphy is back with her first official extended release in 7 years!  Since 2007's Overpowered LP, she has released a smattering of singles and guest vocals, keeping rabid fans like myself chomping at the bit for any Róisín that we could get.  May 28th marks the date that her new Mi Senti EP is released, and as the name may allude, it's an Italian-language effort containing 5 covers of Italian pop songs and one original track.  Roisin has showed her chops for doing cover songs in the past, with a cover of Bryan Ferry's 'Slave to Love', used in a 2008 Gucci campaign.  For 'Ancora Tu', a 1976 hit by Italian singer Lucio Battista, Roisin adds in her signature moody electronic sound and almost spooky background vocals to reshape the song into something that is purely her own.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by GusGus, Nancy Whang, Cut Copy and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

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.  

GusGus: 'Crossfade'

When I first heard GusGus as a teenager, it changed my relationship with music. Their 1997 full-length Polydistortion (still one of my all-time favorites) was a delight to the ear with its textural, ethereal ballads and very weird sounds mixed in with a few thumping dance beats. That 90's rave and trip-hop era is long gone by now, but GusGus still remains active and relevant as they share the first single, 'Crossfade,' from their ninth studio album Mexico. It is the second on German techno/avant-garde pop label Kompakt, and judging by this first track, I expect another grand work by the Icelandic supergroup. For a broader taste of their sound, check out the amazing video for 'Over' and, of course, their masterpiece, Polydistortion.

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The OXD Mirror: 'It's Album Time' for Todd Terje, More New Tracks and a Frankie Knuckles Tribute

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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.  

 

Over the years, Todd Terje has released a string of impressive EPs and remixes that have only built up anticipation for a full length album from this Norwegian disco giant. Terje is well aware, and finally releases his appropriately named debut LP, 'It's Album Time' next week (stream it now on NPR). On the album, Terje stays true to his signature cosmic disco sound and "brazen lust for melody," but also recognizes that listening to an album is much different than his 12" singles out in the club. Suiting to his playful nature Terje experiments quite a bit on the album, providing a listening experience that's specifically tailored to be enjoyed at home.

The album track 'Delorean Dynamite' is just one example of of such mastery, as the song begins with the high energy from the previously track, 'Strandbar' and post climax, allows for a beautiful dénouement that sets the stage for the next track, a ballad with Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry (shared by Josh last week). I highly recommend the album, it's a real treat and will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer. 

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The OXD Mirror: Plastic Plates Remixes a Runway Anthem and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Disciples - 'Catwalk (Plastic Plates Remix)'

Collectively, the three of us at Occupy The Disco are all fans of the voguing and ball scene era (as documented in the classic Paris is Burning) and the music that inspired the mainstream rise of club music.  It's no surprise that a dance song titled 'Catwalk' is a direct homage to that voguing and runway culture.  The song is the title track of London-based Disciples' sophomore release. Plastic Plates, who you've all seen us feature on here more times than I can recollect, gave the track an even more runway-appropriate take by removing some of the hardness of the original track while infusing in beats worthy of a fierce strut, hair flip, or fan wave.

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