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The OXD Mirror: New Music by La Roux and Prins Thomas, Fort Romeau, Stereogamous 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.  

La Roux: 'Let Me Down Gently (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)'

After snatching a Grammy for best electronic/dance album with her debut self-titled full-length, La Roux is now getting ready for the launch of her new release, Trouble in Paradise, which will come out in early July. With a keen eye for quality dance music, the british synth-pop artist invited Scandinavian disco extraordinaire Prins Thomas to re-work her first hype single, 'Let Me Down Gently.' Thomas transforms the electronic ballad into a lush and sophisticated slow-disco record, keeping the original melancholy while adding his signature balearic bass lines and ethereal, acoustic elements. The perfect soundtrack for late summer afternoons.

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The OXD Mirror: Monarchy's return and some Summer-friendly 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.   

UK's Monarchy (Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black) finally have a new album in the works, releasing later this year. The lead single, an electronic ballad called 'Living Without You', stays true to the sound we became familiar with on their 2011 album, Around The Sun. Monarchy will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was going to their concert that inspired us to create Occupy The Disco. After releasing a few collaborations with the likes of Dita Von Teese and Mighty Mouse, we're eager to hear the rest of the new album and inevitable remixes (one of which I've included after the jump). 

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The OXD Mirror: 'Hideaway' with Kiesza and more

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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.   

Canada's Kiesza has been bubbling under the surface of pop music for a couple months now with her initial release, 'Hideaway' slowly climbing the charts. The cat's finally out of the bag as 'Hideaway' recently topped the UK Singles Charts thanks in part to a debut by Annie Mac and the impressive video, shot in one take in Brooklyn's Williamsburg. The song's thick bassline and catchy vocals nod to '90s dance anthems adding to it's infectious appeal. The song is also a great vehicle for a slew of remixes and covers, and I've included some after the break. 

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Th OXD Mirror: Some Summer Appropriate Tracks + Covering Donna Summer

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

Mausi: 'My Friend Has A Swimming Pool'

London-based Mausi have a bit of a complicated story: the group's name is that of a fictional character they made up, who's  imagined carefree lifestyle guides the feel of the group, and inspires the band.  “Mausi is a lifestyle, but the music is what you’d listen to if you were in that lifestyle,” said band member Daisy. I'm not sure I quite follow, but I can say the group certainly delivers sonically on some top notch disco pop music.  Their latest release, 'My Friend Has A Swimming Pool', has all of the makings of a perfect summer pop song:  carefree, fun-loving lyrics, a solid disco beat and some piano thrown in for good measure.

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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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