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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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The OXD Mirror: Dive Deep with Miguel Migs, Compuphonic, Walker & Royce and more

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

EDM may have ruled the airwaves in 2013, but 2014 saw a shift to all sorts of house music, both mainstream and otherwise. The resurgence of deep house is a trend Occupy The Disco is a big fan of and today I'll be highlighting some of the latest cuts from that subgenre.

Miguel Migs' enlists the soulful vocals of Meshell Ndegocello on 'What Do You Want,' a track from the San Francisco-based DJ's latest album, Dim Division.  This isn't the first collaboration for the two, with Meshell providing vocals for two tracks off of 2012's Outside the Skyline. While the original production on the track is light and airy,  The 'Migs Salted Vocal' highlights the bassline, grounding it in a lower atmosphere and making it much more dancefloor ready. The track is part of a remix package, out on Defected Records later this month.

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The OXD Mirror: Ru's Top 10 Tracks of 2014

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

It's that time of the year again when we look back and list our favorite tracks of the year.  Given the plethora of amazing music on the disco and house scene this year, this was no easy task. Nevertheless below is a list (in descending order) of my favorite tracks that I played while spinning at our Occupy The Disco parties here in New York. 

While it's actually the Bixel Boys remix of Kiesza's acclaimed lead single, 'Hideaway' that holds the #10 spot on my list (listen after the jump), I'd be remiss to not also include the fantastic music video that accompanied the original cut. Whether it's the rhythm that hooked you, or the chorus of ooh's and aahs, 'Hideaway's brilliance lies in it's simplicty; which is echoed in the music video. It's a refreshing to watch in a world where the opulence of Gaga and Beyoncé seem to reign.

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The OXD Mirror: Jessie Ware Remixed, MK's latest project, New Róisín Murphy and much more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

i'm sorry to be on such a Jessie Ware binge recently but the truth of the matter is her latest album, Tough Love, is nothing short of amazing and more importantly she's not afraid to get experimental with some really fantastic producers on the disco and house scene when it comes to remixes.

Which brings me to why I'm showcasing her again today. Jessie Ware:Remixed is a collaboration between Ware and Red Bull Studios where five different producers in five different cities create five distinctive remixes for the Julio Bashmore-produced album track, 'Keep on Lying.' While all five are noteworthy, it's Preditah's garage influenced remix that stands out, possibly because it reminds me of another garage-influenced Ware remix, by Disclosure, which put both of those acts on the map way back in 2012.

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The OXD Mirror: Throwback Thursday with Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

When Janet Jackson recently re-entered my news cycle, thanks to a rare public appearance earlier this week, I was hoping it would be related to the rumored, much anticipated, new album that she is supposedly recording. Alas, there's no news on that front but at least we have a fresh new remix to hold us over for a while, at least until details about the diva's potential comeback appear.

Munich's Justin Faust updates Janet's 2001 hit, 'Someone to Call My Lover' with sexy basslines and soulful pitch reduction making it a dance floor burner that easily fits into today's balearic and deep house soundscapes. Faust has had a great year, with his previous release 'Spellbound' in heavy rotation by DJs and fans alike.  As a gift for surpassing 5000 followers on twitter, Faust is giving away this classic Janet remix away for free, and it can be downloaded via the Soundcloud widget above. 

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