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The OXD Mirror: Welcome Summer with Tropical House Tunes and the Return of The Magician

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Belgian producer & DJ Stephen Fasano, a.k.a. The Magician, is an artist we've enjoyed since the inception of Occupy The Disco. He originally caught our ear with his brilliant remixes and his long standing series of mixtapes, called Magic Tapes, but it's on his original tracks where he truly gets a chance to shine.

Following the success of last year's 'Sunlight' (more on that track below), he releases his first original track in 6 months, 'Together'. The catchy lyrics, bubbling melody and thumping basslines make the whimsical tune a surefire way to to bring joy to any dance floor.

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The OXD Mirror: Beth Ditto & Alan Braxe Give Cerrone's 'Supernature' a Fresh Update and More New Tracks

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

French producer Marc Cerrone needs no introduction and neither does the The Gossip's Beth Ditto. When the latter produced a wild cover of Cerrone's hit track, 'Supernature' alongside The Shoes late last year, music fans applauded the unexpected version.

Fellow French disco maestro Alan Braxe enlists Ditto again to reproduce a version of 'Supernature' that's much closer to the 1978 original, albeit updated for modern times. With Giorgio Moroder and Chic acknowledging '70s disco is back into vogue, it's about time fellow disco powerhouse Cerrone got his due. Braxe's version of 'Supernature' is out on his new compilation, The Best of Cerrone Productions, which released earlier week.

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The OXD Mirror: New Disco Edits by Dimitri From Paris, Holy Ghost!, Todd Terje and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

 

Today's column starts with a "Throwback Thursday" moment, back to 2013 when we initially shared 'So Good,' by Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One's combined act, Tuxedo. The duo just released their eponymous full length album and are currently touring the world. Disco don Dimitri From Paris gives their lead single a fresh update by peppering the track with his signature synths and funky grooves.  It's also available as free download to celebrate Dimitri's hitting 5 million Soundcloud streams.

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The OXD Mirror: New tracks by Monarchy, Du Tonc, Goldroom, The Carry Nation, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Regular readers of this column know that Occupy The Disco was conceived at a Monarchy concert way back in 2011. We convinced our friends to come check out this band that they had never heard of but we were positive they'd enjoy nonetheless. After amassing a sizable crowd, we recognized that our friends, and the young gay community in general, were open to experience nightlife sounds beyond the Katy Perry/Rihanna/Britney variety, and Occupy the Disco was born. Since then, Monarchy has held a special place in our hearts as we patiently awaited a follow up LP to their phenomenal debut album, Around the Sun

The UK-based duo, comprised of Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black originally released 'Black Widow' on their Almost Human EP late last year and have now included the track as part of the band's full length album, Abnocto. To celebrate the album's release they debuted a brand new video that features album guest star Dita Von Teese (who collaborates with them on 'Disintegration,' another album track). The song includes all the elements I love about Monarchy: poignant lyrics, sung in beautiful falsettos by Black, brought to epic proportions by Armstrong's cosmic production. Abnocto released last week, thanks in part to a pledge campaign that funded the project. Read more about the project in an interview with Armstrong, where he also discusses coming out publicly late last year.

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The OXD Mirror: R&B, Disco and House Converge with SlowKnights, Janet and Classixx, D'Angelo and More...

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Scissor Sisters' guitarist Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) has been cultivating his own brand ever since the band took an indefinite hiatus after their 2012 release, Magic Hour. Marquis released Cosmos under the Slow Knights moniker the following year, and quickly became a personal favorite with additional remixes by ColeCo and stage shows with Midnight Magic and Spank!

While Del Marquis was the mastermind behind Cosmos, he did mostly featured other vocalists such as Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Xavier Smith and Bridget Barkan on the album's tracks.  

Those vocalists have now officially joined Slow Knights and are ready to release their sophomore effort, Living in a Dark World, Let Me Be Your LightThe lead single, 'Just Kiss' features soulful vocals and lyrics about attraction and anger layered over trap drums and '80s synths. The track is very heavily rooted in R&B, but it also has a tropical disco remix by ColeCo, which should be hitting the sound waves next week. 

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out and Feel the Love with Music by Frank Ocean, Satin Jackets, HNNY and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

My last column delved into the realm of deep house, showcasing the darker elements of house music. Today we take a significant departure and invite you to relax and chill out with some dreamy soundscapes by house music superstars.  

Frank Ocean paid tribute to the late Aaliyah last month on what would be her 36th Birthday, by covering her remake of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 hit, 'At Your Best (You Are Love).' Ocean's haunting, stripped-down version gets a futuristic, cosmic makeover by L.A.'s starRo, a producer and DJ known for his downtempo tracks that fuse "beats with jazz, R&B, soul, chill, emotion, and love."  It's the perfect track to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, which is right around the corner.

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