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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 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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