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04/19/2007


The OXD Mirror: 'It's Album Time' for Todd Terje, More New Tracks and a Frankie Knuckles Tribute

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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.  

 

Over the years, Todd Terje has released a string of impressive EPs and remixes that have only built up anticipation for a full length album from this Norwegian disco giant. Terje is well aware, and finally releases his appropriately named debut LP, 'It's Album Time' next week (stream it now on NPR). On the album, Terje stays true to his signature cosmic disco sound and "brazen lust for melody," but also recognizes that listening to an album is much different than his 12" singles out in the club. Suiting to his playful nature Terje experiments quite a bit on the album, providing a listening experience that's specifically tailored to be enjoyed at home.

The album track 'Delorean Dynamite' is just one example of of such mastery, as the song begins with the high energy from the previously track, 'Strandbar' and post climax, allows for a beautiful dénouement that sets the stage for the next track, a ballad with Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry (shared by Josh last week). I highly recommend the album, it's a real treat and will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer. 

Check out more new tracks & a tribute to Frankie Knuckles AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Kelis' Return and New Music by MK, Munk, and More

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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.  

 

Kelis - Rumble (Breach Remix)

Kelis' upcoming sixth studio album, FOOD, is due to be released next month and we're very excited. The 'Milkshake'-maven's last album, Fleshtone, a collection of dancefloor ready tracks ruled the gay airwaves alongside Robyn's Body Talk in 2010 (in fact, the two co-headlined on tour together).  Those expecting FOOD to be a continuation of that sound will be disappointed, but the album itself is quite brilliant. Kelis' changes her sound again bringing a jazzy, indie-soul vibe that she self-describes as a "kind of unspoken love fest." Not all is lost for dance fans, however, as we already have some promising remixes that bring Kelis back to the dancefloor. England's Ben Westbeech, better known as Breach gives the album's second single, 'Rumble' with a traditional house-style remix should keep fans happy. 

Check out another Kelis remix and more new music AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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The OXD Mirror: The 'Return' of Róisín Murphy and Tracks inspired by Hot Since 82

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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.  

 

Freeform Five feat. Róisín Murphy - 'Leviathan'

One of the most distinctive voices on the pop, house and disco scene belongs to the Irish maven known as Róisín Murphy. We've enjoyed her as part of Moloko and she won our undying adulation with 2007's Overpowered. Since then she's given us collaborations and original tracks that in an attempt to keep us satiated. One track that has been rumored for years is 'Leviathan,' a track Murphy has played privately part of her DJ sets, but never saw (or heard) it's official release. Finally, Murphy teams up with Anu Pillai (Freeform Five) to release the track, out next week on Eskimo Records.

The track is brilliant as expected but I also find the song inspiring. The creators themselves have described the song as "rallying call for individuality" against the system of society, including its constraints and freedoms. Something we can all sympathize with, for sure. Also included is a remix by Pillai himself, with cosmic grooves that harken back to his Kid Gloves days  when he created one of my absolute favorite remixes ever, to Murphy's 'Movie Star.' Is it Murphy's official return? Not really... but we'll take what we can get. 

Check out a playlist inspired by Leeds' Daley Padley, better known as Hot Since 82 
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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Duke Dumont, Borneland, MNEK, HNNY & Saint Pepsi

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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.   We're trying out some new formats to keep this column fresh, so stay tuned over the next few weeks as we fine tune!

There's no doubt that nostalgia is very "in" these days. Whether it be in television, films, or even "throwback thursdays" it seems like everyone is reminiscing about the "good old days," and reissuing our childhood memories with an added millenial gloss. This revisiting of the past is also very apparent on today's music. With pop acts like Beyoncé sampling more of a '90s R&B vibe, and dance acts like Disclosure harkening back to early UK Garage music, updating yesterday's sound for a new era is de riguer by today's cultural phenomenons.

We saw the trend first begin to emerge in 2012 with the French Express enclave taking '90s R&B hits and giving them a tropical feel. Now, producers are becoming even more experimental and are using the audience's familiarity with the original track as an anchor that leads them through their new, updated productions. This strategy works very well for unknown artists as it's a great way to have audiences become instantly familiar with their track and want to seek out other, original music that has the same production value. The playlist below features some artists that are certain to make it big in 2014 through using this tactic successfully.

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 Learn more about these tracks, and listen to an extended mixtape AFTER THE JUMP... 

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The OXD Mirror: Ru's Top Tracks of 2013

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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.    

2013 has been a great year for the music that we love. Not only have mainstream acts like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and even Beyoncé embraced the disco sound that we love, lesser known acts like Todd Terje, Jessie Ware and Anna Lunoe have also created incredibly exciting house and disco tunes. My top tracks of 2013 overlap heavily with Josh & Tad's so instead of boring you with a similar list I've included a few additional favorites below, in no particular order. To listen to my top 25 of the whole year, check out my latest podcast, Ru-Mix 2013: You're Not Good Enough.  

Duke Dumont - 'Need U (100%) [ft. A.M.E.]' 

There were high expectations for Duke Dumont after 2012's smash hit, 'The Giver.' Luckily he followed up with a classic '90s house sound on the incredibly infectious 'Need U (100%).' Featuring the sexy vocals of UK starlet A*M*E & co-producer credits by MNEK, I predicted the song to be a dance-floor filler in January 2013. By summer it had hit number one on the charts and was heard practically everywhere. Luckily for me, it never got old. I can't wait to see what Dumont has in store for us next year. 
 

Green Velvet - 'Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)' 

Green Velvet's 'Bigger Than Prince,' an ode to haters, is a song that just drips with swagger. The lyrics empower the listener to "Walk Around Like [They're] Bigger Than Prince' -- a haughty statement at face value, but in the context of the song it's quite fantastic. Leave it to my favorite producer of the moment, Leeds' Hot Since 82 (Daley Padley) to put his signature deep house spin on the track, turning the engaging original song into a veritable club banger.

 

Disclosure - 'F For You'

I have put a moratorium of sorts on writing about Disclosure as I have covered them so much in past columns (with good reason of course). Their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle features many guest vocalists but it's always their surprisingly sophisticated production that take center stage. Perhaps that's why 'F For You' is my favorite track from the album as it only features the two incredibly talented brothers. 

Check out more tracks AFTER THE JUMP... 

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