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The OXD Mirror: 'Hideaway' with Kiesza 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.   

Canada's Kiesza has been bubbling under the surface of pop music for a couple months now with her initial release, 'Hideaway' slowly climbing the charts. The cat's finally out of the bag as 'Hideaway' recently topped the UK Singles Charts thanks in part to a debut by Annie Mac and the impressive video, shot in one take in Brooklyn's Williamsburg. The song's thick bassline and catchy vocals nod to '90s dance anthems adding to it's infectious appeal. The song is also a great vehicle for a slew of remixes and covers, and I've included some after the break. 

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The OXD Mirror: Reintroducing MNEK and a Slew of New Remixes

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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.   

Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike, known to the masses as MNEK, has peppered the soundscape with his unparalleled talent, through collaborations and remixes for artists such as Rudimental, Charli XCX and Duke Dumont. Now that the British teen has signed to a major record label, he's pulling out all the stops and gearing up to release of his first full-length album. The buzz around MNEK started with his release of various "refixes" of 90s hits (using his vocals and completely new backing). Browsing through his soundcloud feed makes it clear that the popular music from this 19-year-old's childhood, from garage to R&B, has influenced his style in every possible way. With 'Every Little Word,' MNEK repackages those influences and infuses some new jack swing into his already iconic souful vocal vibe. Can't wait to hear what he has in store for us next!

CHECK OUT A SLEW OF POP-BASED HOUSE & DANCE REMIXES AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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