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The OXD Mirror: Josh's Top Tracks of 2013

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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, 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, and Tad and Ru will subsequently share theirs in the coming weeks.  

10. Ben Pearce: 'What I Might Do (Kolombo Remix)'

Ben Pearce managed to take a slow, unknown southern R&B song (Anthony Hamilton's 'Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens') and turn it into one of the biggest nu disco/indie house hits of the year.  I first heard the Harry Wolfman remix of this track as part of the excellent compilation Traxx: The House That Garage Built.  Not until quite a few months did Belgian producer Olivier Gregoire, aka Kolombo, drop a version of his own, which brings in some uptempo funk and hard beats for this highly addictive dance track.

 

9. Compuphonic feat. Marques Toliver: 'Sunset (Aeroplane Remix)'

Compuphonic is the alias of Maxime Firket, a fellow Belgian and labelmate of the remixer of my #10 pick, Kolombo.  Compuphonic creates electronic music that to me feels very serene yet thoughtful.  He teamed up with Daytona native Marques Toliver, whose long list of collaborators include Grizzly Bear and Bat For Lashes, to record 'Sunset'.  It's a deep, slow song that has a chorus that clearly lays out the song's theme, "it's about that time, time for me to unwind."  Aeroplane, a perennial favorite of mine, added in an upbeat 80's pop sound to the song, giving it an entirely new feel that I love even more than the original version.

 

8. Slow Knights: 'Shame (Coleco Remix)'

The Scissor Sisters' Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) managed to assemble a great line up of different artists, including Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light, Mykal Kilgore from the touring production of Book of Mormon, and even Prince's New Power Generation band.  Their May single release, 'Shame', from their debut album Cosmos, got a remix treatment from Canadian producers Coleco.  The result is a vocally-driven, thumping house jam that's perfect for the dancefloor.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 12.5.13

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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.   

Mighty Mouse - 'In Front of Our Friends (feat. Monarchy) (Disco Mix)

After remixing Monarchy's 'Disintegration' earlier this year, Mighty Mouse has teamed up with the band once again to create this fantastic feel-good tune. With a guitar riff provided by fellow Du Tonc bandmate Matt Van Schie (of Van She) and amazing vocals provided by Monarchy's Ra Black, the song is incredibly catchy, giving it all the elements of a dancefloor filler.

 

Franz Ferdinand - 'Right Action (Liv Spencer Remix)'

Franz Ferdinand made quite the splash on the dance scene by teasing Todd Terje-produced buzz tracks earlier this year in anticipation of their LP, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The recently resuscitated band continues to be dancefloor friendly with the album's lead single and title track, which is originally produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard & Alexis Taylor. House of House's Liv Spencer turns up the groove with this remix by emphasizing the song's funk factor.

 

Dauwd - 'Heat Division (Tim Goldsworthy Remix)'

UK's Dauwd released 'Heat Division' earlier this year, following up on his 2011 garage-inspired tracks with a more of a techno and house flavor. DFA's Tim Goldsworthy, known for producing epic remixes for the likes of Monarchy, Cut Copy, and Hercules & Love Affair, gives the song a vocal hook that anchors the listener in his dreamy production and also provides a beautiful denouement to the track.

 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.21.13

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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 Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

Charm: 'With You'

Charm's 'With You' features soulful house vocalist Charmaine Baines, who has lent her voice to many other house hits in the past. The familiar-sounding track mixes some well done funk and disco beats to create a lighthearted, yet strong dance song, where Baines' powerful vocals really shine. 'With You' will be out next week on British label Rogue Cat Sounds and will feature a remix by New York producer Eric “Dunks” Duncan (a.k.a. Dr. Dunks).

 

Mickey: 'Walk Away'

Belgian producer Mickey became famous through a more accessible nu-disco sound, following the lead of other fellow producers like The Magician and Aeroplane. It is interesting to see his evolution though with the release of 'Walk Away,' on the more deep house-oriented label Exploited. The new work showcases Mickey in a more mature shape, combining complex layers and chopped female vocals into an uplifting house track.

 

Abstraxion feat. Astrid Engberg: 'Every Night I’m Lying'

Abstraxion is the moniker of 28 year old French musician and DJ Harold Boué, who last week released his debut album Break of Lights on New York label Have A Killer Time records. The LP includes 'Every Night I’m Lying,' a collaboration with singer Astrid Engberg and the result is a textural and melancholic deep house/pop song that starts slow and builds up beautifully over its six minutes. The album can be streamed for free in its entirety over HAKT’s SoundCloud.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 11.14.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

Beni: 'Love On The Run'

Sydney's Beni burst onto the house music scene two years ago with his addictive debut album House of Beni, which featured collaborations with artists like Nomi Ruiz from Jessica 6 and Sam Sparro. Beni is back with a new EP, Love on the Run/Summer’s Gone, which drops on November 29th on Modular Records. With 'Love On The Run', Beni serves us up more of his futuristic house sound, with vocals provided by Prince Terrence, and production lent by Kim Moyes of The Presets.

 

Cherokee: 'Don't Matter feat. Darianna'

There's nothing I love more than loungey, soulful disco tunes for cold weather nights, and French duo Cherokee have delivered just that with their new single 'Don't Matter'.  They've teamed up with Montreal-based singer Darianna Everett, who, from the looks of her Facebook page, has been best known for covering throwback R&B songs.  The song is reminiscent of some of Digitaria (who you will see later in this post) and Flight Facilities' slower, deeper songs.

 

HNNY: 'Exactly'

I was hooked on Swedish producer HNNY after hearing his edit of Brandy and Monica's 'The Boy Is Mine' this past spring, and then subsequently stumbling onto his fabulous track 'For The Very First Time', which cleverly samples Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love'.  While he isn't only a one trick pony, HNNY once again manages to again creatively borrow from an older pop song, this time choosing Christina Aguilera's 'What A Girl Wants'. 'Exactly' slows down and deepens the vocals, with an almost eerie effect that somehow seems to work well.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 11.7.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world. 

 

Bicep: 'Satisfy'

Belfast's hottest duo Bicep takes a journey through classic house with their upcoming Satisfy EP which releases on November 25th. The 3-track work includes the 80’s-inspired 'Satisfy,' the acid house 'The Final Trip' (my favorite) and the club-banger 'Snackbar.' As usual though, Bicep is able to infuse their signature sounds and treatment and make these tracks sound fresh and contemporary.

 

Rhythm Operator: 'Fiona’s Room'

Calvin James, also known as Rhythm Operator, is a producer based in LA who has great skills in capturing elements from past classics and translating them into new deep house anthems. Following tracks like 'Anytime,' which was featured on Needwant’s great compilation “Traxx: The House That Garage Built” as well as 'Let’s Groove,' Rhythm Operator releases his new EP, Hope, and in a few days it managed to become one of the recent releases I am obsessing about. 'Fiona’s Room' has the right smooth and catchy elements that will get it quickly in many DJ cases. The EP is out now NYC label Let’s Play House.

 

Tom Demac & Will Samson: 'It Grows Again'

A collaboration of two British forces, 'It Grows Again' is the result of Tom Demac’s impeccable production and the beautiful vocal work by folk/ambient singer Will Samson. It is definitely a moodier, softer track than our usual recommendations, and it exemplifies one of the reasons we love house music as it takes on infinite shapes.

 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.31.13

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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 Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  

 

Blood Orange - 'You're Never Good Enough'

After releasing the ethereal 'Chamakay,' Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes) follows up with a clever lyric video for the warm synth laden 'You're Not Good Enough.' The song is everything we've come to expect from Hynes, lush textures, haunting lyrics, and a decidedly "chilled-out" vibe. Pay attention to the video though, the lyrics start playing concurrently and then eventually switch over to subtext of the song--giving the viewer a frank assessment of what's really going on. Hynes' upcoming record, Cupid Deluxe, releases on November 18th.

 

Cuebur feat Marissa Guzman - 'No Doubt'

South Africa's Cuebur started DJing at the age of 15, has gone on to release multiple albums, and founded his own record label. His latest effort, 'No Doubt' released by Defected Records will hopefully gain him national recognition on the house music scene. Raw percussion is supplemented with smooth, organic melodies that draw inspiration from South Africa, creating a luxurious backdrop for Marrissa Guzman's delicate vocals. 

 

Horixon - 'Lifeline feat. Robert Owens' Is Tropical Remix'

Horixon is a new name on the music scene comprised of one half of Monarchy, Andrew Armstrong, and John Sambrooke.  The duo is set to release their first EP, Lifeline, on Kitsuné on November 4th. Chicago House Music legend Robert Owens lends his vocals to the track, adding a classic flavor to an otherwise modern track. South London-based producer and Kitsuné protégé Is Tropical subdues the original track creating a remix that is much more in line with his namesake.

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