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The OXD Mirror:
(Re)Introducing Florrie and a set inspired by Plastic Plates

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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.  

 

Florrie - 'Seashells'

British model/drummer/pop singer/songwriter Florrie first occupied my ears 3 years ago with 'Call 911,' which was briliantly remixed by disco mastermind Fred Falke in 2010. The song quickly became my personal favorite of that summer (the more popular 'Happiness,' by Alexis Jordan, complemented it perfectly) and I've enjoyed following her career ever since.

After notable releases like 'I Took A Little Something' and 'To The End' on various EP's, Florrie is releasing a new EP, Sirensin April of this year – her first release since being signed to a major record label. The lead single, 'Seashells' has a heavy Middle Eastern backbone that complents Florrie's ethereal vocals, making it a nice slow burner for the dancefloor. While her debut album is rumored to be "still happening," we'll have to make do with yet another tease from the blonde bombshell, which will hopefully satiate us until the LP details are released later this year.

Tomorrow night, we're OCCUPYING Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery for OXD fan-favorite and ally, Plastic Plates' return to New York. Check out a set inspired by his pop, disco and house sensibilities, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neneh Cherry and Robyn Collaborate on New Track 'Out of the Black': LISTEN

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Swedish pop elf Robyn is helping "Buffalo Stance" singer Neneh Cherry on her comeback album which is released later this month, and the duo released a duet today called "Out of the Black".

Check it out and let us know what you think of it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Robyn is recording with R&B pop legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis which has to be the best music news of the day.

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Gay Iconography: Is Robyn An Outsider Icon?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. 

There's been a few recurring themes that have emerged in these discussions around what makes gay icons: talent, relatability and time, among them. Time is a particularly interesting factor. Icons aren't necessarily legends, but it's hard to sneak recent figures in among stars like Cher and Judy Garland. Still, there are some contemporary names that have continued to pop up in the comments.

Take Robyn, for instance. The Swedish dance-pop star is beloved by many in the gay community for her other-worldly sense of style, high-energy live shows and pristine pop jams. She's frequently cited as a gay icon for younger generations, and has become a staple in gay bars and clubs. With a career that only really took off in 2005 (though she'd been around in some capacity since the '90s), is it too soon to call her an icon?

Rock out with your Body Talk out and share your take, AFTER THE JUMP

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1473

DEMOLITION TIME: An overpass in Rio gets brought down.

ROBYN: Meets a robot being made in her honor.

CAMERA BUGGY: Meeting some lion cubs.

ICONA POP: "Just Another Night".

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Kings of Leon Cover Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own': VIDEO

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A new take on an old favorite.

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Two Gay Guys, Two Cups,'Call Your Girlfriend' Cover: VIDEO

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Take a break from the daily grind and check out Towleroad reader Scottie and friend Riley serve up some "Call Your Girlfriend" realness, reminiscent of girl group Erato's cover of the song.  

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