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.
Rudimental feat. Emeli Sandé - 'Free (Kasiorama Final Remix)'You may remember Rudimental from their deep house sleeper hit, 'Spoons,' I recommended the Charli XCX cover last year, and more recently, featured it on my latest podcast, Ru-Mix: Fierce. The UK producers (a quartet) have crossed my radar a few times since then but it wasn't until the release of 'Free' that I found myself captivated once again. The song features Emeli Sandé, whose haunting voice tells the liberating tale of not conforming to someone else's ideals. Germany's Kasiorama transforms the breathaking original into an addictive, soul searching dancefloor ready ballad.
Jacques Greene - 'On Your Side ft. How To Dress Well'
Montreal producer Jacques Greene enlists breakout star and R&B crooner How To Dress Well (Tom Krell) on the lead single of his latest EP On Your Side. Krell's intimate vocal treatment and signature falsettos (made famous by his own hit '& It Was U') are supplemented by Greene's deep house treatment creating a style that's best described as "electronic R&B." Greene's pulsating bass drum loops and buried synths complement Krell's undulating lyricism which highlight his need for a "straightforward sign."
Poolside 'If We Make It'
The California-based daytime disco act known as Poolside moves towards uncharted waters with their latest surprisingly uptempo release: 'If We Make It.' The song, available as a free download, is the lead single off of their latest, yet-to-be-announced album. The upbeat, shimmery, sun-drenched production juxtaposed with the melancholic memory induced lyrics provide a fresh departure from Poolside's previous efforts.
Phoenix - 'Trying To Be Cool - Breakbot Remix'
Phoenix's latest album, Bankrupt!, may just have only been released last month but there has been a steady stream of remixes (including those by Blood Orange and Hot Natured) to keep OXD fans happy. The French band's second single, 'Trying to Be Cool,' has been given a groovy nu-disco treatment by fellow country man-Breakbot. While the original song is very light, Breakbot's spin includes a funky groove provided by jumping guitar riffs and a bouncing bassline that melds beautifully with lead singer Thomas Mars' wisftul lyrics.
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