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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.24.13

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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.

 

A.N.D.Y. feat Nyemiah Supreme: 'Pump It Up (Daryl Remix)'

When Azealia Banks released her 1991 EP and Fantasea Mixtape last year, I was compelled by the marriage of her rap and R&B vocals along with classic house backing and production. She sadly moved away from the style that made her widely known and became focused more on social media rants rather than her music. Meanwhile, in the same spirit of Azealia's house/rap collusions we enjoyed so much, Belgian producer A.N.D.Y. teamed up with rising MC Nyemiah Supreme to release the epic track 'Pump It Up' last November. The stellar track is now finally seeing remixes almost a year later. Though the original is certainly dancefloor appropriate, Daryl brings in a more underground club feel to the track, giving it a whole new life a year after its original release.  

 

Blende: 'Rikki (Majestique Remix)'

London-based producer Blende, a.k.a. Johan Blende, released his new track 'Rikki,' a song about falling in love with a robot that was co-written with Sam Harris of X Ambassadors. Blende's self-professed love for indie, techno, French house and deep house music (and everything in between) influences his production work — the result of which is a mix of lush disco, electro and house sounds that feel as classic as they do new. Blende's labelmates from Eskimo Records, the Dutch group Majestique, add an upbeat, electro feel to this track with this reinterpretation of the original work.

 

The Magician: 'When The Night Is Over ft. Newtimers (Ejeca Remix)'

For those who follow these column regularly, it's not surprising that I chose a track by The Magician, an artist whose work we feature often, or that I picked a remix by another frequently-featured producer, Ejeca. The marriage of these two artists however is a first, and the result is a club banger that combines elements of The Magician's nu-disco sound and Ejeca's classic 90s house beats. To say that I'm obsessed with this track would be an understatement, so I suggest you drop everything you're doing right now, put on your headphones, and enjoy.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.17.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

Manhooker: 'Pushin' & Shovin''

Berliners by choice, Tomasz “Guiddo” Switala and Sebastian “Mavin” Magassouba are Manhooker, a duo that very quickly have become an obsession of mine despite only releasing a couple of singles. Following their two hits 'Wheels in Motion' and 'Cloud 9,' released earlier this year, Manhooker keeps the great momentum up with 'Pushin' & Shovin'.' The new track is a delicious combination of acid house and jazzy elements, alongside the extremely sexy vocals by Mavin. The EP is available on Bandcamp.

 

Lukas: 'Narwhals'

Bristol-based label Futureboogie has provided us with instant classics like The White Lamp's 'It's You,' Terrence Pearce's 'Halcyon' and James Welsh's 'Craven.' Their latest release is a 4-track EP by Lukas, the man behind the infamous parties Alfresco Disco, which is also a record label. 'Narwhals,' the second cut on the record, is an infectiously uplifting track where bongos and a piano riff come together and leave you with no option but to dance.

 

Miguel Migs: 'Moving Sound (Deluxe Salted Dub)'

Super-producer Miguel Migs requires no introduction. This San Francisco deep house staple has been churning out high quality music for over 20 years now, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. This week, Miguel Migs and his Salted Music label shared their latest effort, 'Moving Sound.' The EP comes packed with three dub versions of the track and my pick is the 'Deluxe Salted Dub.' As one would expect from a Migs' release, there are jazzy organs, beautiful soulful vocals and move-inducing bass lines.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music For 10.10.13

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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.   

Hot Since 82 - 'The End' 

Yorkshire's Daley Padley (Hot Since 82) releases his debut EP, Little Black Book, later this month. The tracklist includes his popular remixes for the likes of Rudimental and Green Velvet as well as some original productions like 'The End.' Like his remixes, 'The End' shows his flair for drama and absolute mastery of the deep house genre. Hot Since 82 has a following amongst gay fans in New York and apparently great timing: we plan to Occupy The Disco for his debut at Brooklyn's now-famous Output club this Saturday, Oct. 12th to hear this deep house prodigy live. Check out more details on our site.

Little Boots - Satellite (Urulu's Back to Work Remix)

Urulu transforms Little Boots' Satellite into a hypnotic '90s-style garage track with a thumping bassline, that once again exemplifies his consistency and considerable talent at creating epic moments for the dancefloor. 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.4.13

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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.

 

CHVRCHES: The Mother We Share (Moon Boots Remix)'

Scottish electropop band CHVRCHES is a band whose name has been on the tongues of many music fans for the past couple months stateside . Their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, was released less than 2 weeks ago and is getting the attention of many music critics and bloggers. With a sound reminiscent of Niki and the Dove, the young band's first single from the album is 'The Mother We Share', a song they performed a few months back on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Moon Boots has remixed the song, adding in hearty pianos and breaks to give the song a more mature feel.

 

Julio Bashmore: 'Peppermint'

I have yet to come across a track featuring Jessie Ware's vocals that I didn't love. The British singer/songwriter most recently teamed up with talented producer and writer Julio Bashmore this past spring for the epic track 'Imagine It Was Us'.  Bashmore also produced and wrote Ware's 'If You're Never Gonna Move' and 'Running', which is a personal favorite of mine. It seems natural that he would utilize Jessie again for his own latest track, and this time he uses her smooth vocals on loop, punctuated with fierce hand claps and heavy synths to create a frenetic dance floor banger.

 

Kris Menace feat. Romanthony: '2Nite4U (Aeroplane Remix)'

Romanthony is regarded as a house music legend, best known for his vocals on some of Daft Punk's biggest singles, including 'One More Time'.  Unfortunately the talented singer died this past spring after complications with kidney disease.  His last published work to date was a collaboration with producer Kris Menace on his most recent album, Features.  A remix of the album, aptly titled Features Remixed, was released yesterday and includes a remix of this track by Aeroplane. There's also a great remix of the track 'Love is Everywhere' (shared on Towleroad in June 2012) ,which features vocals from out singer Lawrence LT Thompson from the Kiki Twins.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 9.26.13

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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 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.

 

No Regular Play: 'Night Ranger'

Nothing Less, the excellent 4-track EP by the duo known as No Regular Play (released last month) is the kind of solid work we hope to hear from artists we love. The second track in this release is 'Night Ranger,' a melancholic and beautiful piece that relies on corky keys and beats by Nick DeBruyn, and sad trumpet melodies and sweet vocals by Greg Paulus – a nice contrast with the happy house title track. Make sure to watch the lovely music video directed by the talented Samantha Casolari.

 

The KDMS: 'Part Time Lovers'

The KDMS (Kathy Diamond + Maxi Skiba) already covered Madonna and released one of my favorite albums of 2012, Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories, a collection of disco-inspired tracks that are fun, refined and yet very approachable. The latest single coming out of this debut effort, 'Part Time Lovers' will be reinterpreted by an all-star team, which includes Iron Curtis, Peter Visti, Arthur's Landing, Acid Washed, Martin Brodin, A Copycat and Nirosta Steel Eastwood.

 

The Emperor Machine: 'Hey!'

Andy Meecham is mostly known for his work with Chicken Lips, but he is also the man behind The Emperor Machine, one of the exponent projects in the space disco scene. After a 4-year hiatus and no original productions (only remixes here and there), The Emperor Machine returned in full force with two releases in 2013: Like A Machine earlier this year and now Hey!. The title track of the latter is a dancefloor killer best enjoyed on a powerful sound system and with hips ready to move. I also highly recommend the other original track in the EP, 'Mandy Mutron.' Listen to both on Spotify

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 9.19.13

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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 - 'Chamakay'

After successfully producing hits for Sky FerreiraMKS, and most notably Solange, Britain's Devonté "Dev" Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, continues with his softer ethereal streak on the lead single from his upcoming record, Cupid Deluxe. Joined by Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, the duo's featherlight vocals occupy the chasm between the light percussive rhythm and a rich bassline. The resulting song is almost weightless, providing a a clear break in direction from the funky grooves on his previous record, Coastal Grooves.

HNNY - 'Mys'  

 

After catching my ear with his Leona Lewis-inspired track, 'For The Very First Time,' Stockholm's Johan Cederberg, a.k.a. HNNY, impresses me once again with another flavor on 'Mys.' The soothing house track starts with a soulful acapella sample that's complemented with a pumping bassline, creating an incredibly warm and gorgeous track. If you're looking for something with a little more pump, check out the fantastic remix by Amsterdam's Young Marco.


Goldroom - 'Embrace' 

Following up to his early 2013 dreamy single, 'Only You Can Show Me,'  L.A.'s Josh Legg, a.k.a. Goldroom, is back with 'Embrace, ' another sun-washed house track that's appropriate for these last days of summer. Legg enlists Australian folk-pop singer Ariela Jacobs on the track and creates a warm and soothing backdrop that showcases her delicate, vulnerable vocals.

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