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04/19/2007


The OXD Mirror: New Music by Disclosure and Mary J. Blige, Groove Armada, Duck Sauce and more!

BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

We first shared Disclosure with Towleroad readers in summer 2012. A year and a half later, they've taken the world by storm, with a platinum record, sold out concerts, and a nomination for a Grammy award. Even R&B diva Mary J Blige has given the brotherly duo her seal of approval by joining them on this new version of their track 'F For You'. Her voice itself is one of the most powerful in the business, and along with Disclosure, they've created a tremendous dance track together that is a nod to every power dance diva of the 90s.

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

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Duke Dumont, Borneland, MNEK, HNNY & Saint Pepsi

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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.   We're trying out some new formats to keep this column fresh, so stay tuned over the next few weeks as we fine tune!

There's no doubt that nostalgia is very "in" these days. Whether it be in television, films, or even "throwback thursdays" it seems like everyone is reminiscing about the "good old days," and reissuing our childhood memories with an added millenial gloss. This revisiting of the past is also very apparent on today's music. With pop acts like Beyoncé sampling more of a '90s R&B vibe, and dance acts like Disclosure harkening back to early UK Garage music, updating yesterday's sound for a new era is de riguer by today's cultural phenomenons.

We saw the trend first begin to emerge in 2012 with the French Express enclave taking '90s R&B hits and giving them a tropical feel. Now, producers are becoming even more experimental and are using the audience's familiarity with the original track as an anchor that leads them through their new, updated productions. This strategy works very well for unknown artists as it's a great way to have audiences become instantly familiar with their track and want to seek out other, original music that has the same production value. The playlist below features some artists that are certain to make it big in 2014 through using this tactic successfully.

Have a listen, and check out my notes on each track AFTER THE JUMP. ..

 Learn more about these tracks, and listen to an extended mixtape AFTER THE JUMP... 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 1.9.14

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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 movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

Dan Beaumont: 'Trippy Pumper'

Dan Beaumont is a London-based DJ and occasional producer who just signed with the Classic Music Company label. His hypnotic 80’s-flavored hit 'Trippy Pumper' releases next week. I’m absolutely loving the rolling bass and gentle synths. The accompanying video serves the track very well with its quirky dancers in retro outfits and some funky visual effects as the song evolves.

 

Kartell: ‘Turn Over’

Although unrelated to the French Express crew, Kartell could easily blend in with the talented group of DJs and producers who became so dear amongst the gay audience. Hailing from Paris, Kartell released a new EP this week titled Sapphire, which includes 'Turn Over,' a track reminiscent of the soulful, R&B-inspired arm of the new-disco genre and features sampled vocals from Avant’s 'Separated.' As much as I’ve grown relatively tired of this trend over the past months, something about 'Turn Over' somehow manages to make it sound fresh and interesting.

 

John Talabot: ’08-01’

To celebrate his birthday (which happened yesterday), Catalan producer John Talabot has shared what he called a "demo" track as a free download. The song is conveniently called '08-01' and has many of the features that made Talabot one of the most promising producers coming from Europe: ethereal synths, chill beats, and textural, beautiful melodies.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 1.2.14

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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 movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Hães.  It's a new year, so naturally we've got a batch of fresh deep house, garage and of course disco tracks for you all to soak up.  Enjoy!

 

Lancelot: 'Giving It Up (Feat. Antony & Cleopatra)'

Sydney continues to churn out some of the most talented house music producers, including newcomer Lance Gurskik, aka Lancelot.  He's put out two EPs for Nurvous Records, and is back again with the piano-infused 'Giving It Up', which features vocals from Anita Blay and Alex Burnett, who together go by Antony and Cleopatra. The team has produced a deep, vocally-driven house track that was first heard and featured on The Magicican's Magic Tape 38.  This song has enough flair, drama, and the all-important piano backing to make this song a huge dancefloor hit.

 

Rio Shock: 'Moleque Transante'

There are many things I love about Brazil, but one of the things I love most is the country's unique, sometimes tropically-infused taste in dance music.  Rio Shock is a project started by João Brasil that aims to position baile funk as part of the dance music world that's remembered as a genre for more than just a few one hit wonders.  'Moleque Transante' pulls in Portuguese rap (which sounds vastly different from American rap), funky breaks and beats, and even deep house keyboards in to create a beach banger that works oceanside or in a warm nightclub in the wintertime.

Mickey: 'Deepest'

Belgian DJ Mickey has been a music lover from a very young age, following the 60's, 70's and 80's eras closely along with modern deep house music.  His heavy deep sound is felt once again on the appropriately titled 'Deepest'.  It's a little heavy, moody, and perhaps not for someone who is used to build ups and drops in their dance music; I think however, given the chance, this strong deep house track will grow even on those who aren't familiar with the genre.

 MORE NEW MUSIC, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Ru's Top Tracks of 2013

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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.    

2013 has been a great year for the music that we love. Not only have mainstream acts like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and even Beyoncé embraced the disco sound that we love, lesser known acts like Todd Terje, Jessie Ware and Anna Lunoe have also created incredibly exciting house and disco tunes. My top tracks of 2013 overlap heavily with Josh & Tad's so instead of boring you with a similar list I've included a few additional favorites below, in no particular order. To listen to my top 25 of the whole year, check out my latest podcast, Ru-Mix 2013: You're Not Good Enough.  

Duke Dumont - 'Need U (100%) [ft. A.M.E.]' 

There were high expectations for Duke Dumont after 2012's smash hit, 'The Giver.' Luckily he followed up with a classic '90s house sound on the incredibly infectious 'Need U (100%).' Featuring the sexy vocals of UK starlet A*M*E & co-producer credits by MNEK, I predicted the song to be a dance-floor filler in January 2013. By summer it had hit number one on the charts and was heard practically everywhere. Luckily for me, it never got old. I can't wait to see what Dumont has in store for us next year. 
 

Green Velvet - 'Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)' 

Green Velvet's 'Bigger Than Prince,' an ode to haters, is a song that just drips with swagger. The lyrics empower the listener to "Walk Around Like [They're] Bigger Than Prince' -- a haughty statement at face value, but in the context of the song it's quite fantastic. Leave it to my favorite producer of the moment, Leeds' Hot Since 82 (Daley Padley) to put his signature deep house spin on the track, turning the engaging original song into a veritable club banger.

 

Disclosure - 'F For You'

I have put a moratorium of sorts on writing about Disclosure as I have covered them so much in past columns (with good reason of course). Their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle features many guest vocalists but it's always their surprisingly sophisticated production that take center stage. Perhaps that's why 'F For You' is my favorite track from the album as it only features the two incredibly talented brothers. 

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The OXD Mirror: Tad's Top Tracks of 2013

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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 movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tad Hães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

This week I'll be sharing my top 10 tracks from 2013. Josh featured his last week, and Ru will share his in the coming weeks.

 

10. Future Four: 'Into Orbit'

Future Four is an act led by Andy Meecham, the man behind Chicken Lips and The Emperor Machine, who has been featured on this column enough times to need no introduction. As Future Four, Meecham takes a new direction towards a lighter and happier mood, which can be experienced through the incredibly uplifting 'Into Orbit.' In some ways, the track even reminds of me of an Everything But The Girl classic, with the addition of the usual space twist which is so particular to Meecham’s work.

 

9. Dusky: 'Nobody Else'

2013 saw the peak of the late 90’s UK-garage trend through acts like Disclosure, Bicep, and Dusky. The latter was responsible for the huge hit 'Nobody Else,' an ultra-catchy 90’s-inspired house track with dark moments, soulful vocals and enough versatility to move dance floors with all kinds of crowds.

 

8. The Juan Maclean: 'Feel Like Movin’'

The Juan Maclean has consistently put out fantastic releases since its inception, so it comes as no surprise that out of two singles that made the light of day this year by the duo, at least one would be a favorite of mine. The high energy in 'Feel Like Movin’' is unlike of any other track I’ve come across this year, and as Nancy Whang sings "it’s the perfect night to get away," one can’t help but long for another night out dancing.

 

TRACKS #7 THROUGH #1, AFTER THE JUMP...

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