We first introduced you all to electro funk/disco/pop artist Fiorious back in 2012, and his queer disco sensibilities and New York style immediately struck a chord with us.
The Bronx-born artist quit his day job as a pop music journalist and moved to Europe to start a music career of his own. As a follow up to his 2012 self-titled album, Fiorious is prepping his Danceteria EP for release this month. 'Fever' is the first release from said EP - and combines some really fun funk and disco elements into an upbeat track. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what else this guy has in store for us in 2015, but for now you can grab this track as a free download here.
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.
Listen to the Bixel Boys Remix of 'Hideaway' and the rest of Ru's top 10 AFTER THE JUMP...
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.
As this is my last post of 2012, I want to showcase my top 10 favorite songs, including both remixes and original tracks. In addition to providing streaming links you can also download them as part of my Ru-Mix 2012 podcast, available here.
10. Disclosure - Latch (feat Sam Smith)
While Disclosure's remix of Jessie Ware's 'Running' initially caught my ear, this band of brothers truly impressed me with their original song, 'Latch.' The UK-based duo latches on to you using newcomer Sam Smith's full-bodied R&B vocals and skipping electronic beats to tell the tale of deliriously falling in love.
9. Van She - Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)
The steel drums and enchanting falsettos of Van She's 'Jamaica' are supplemented by Plastic Plates' signature squeaky beat, bringing the loungey original song straight to the dancefloor and making it my personal 'song of the summer.'
8. Jessica 6 - 'Prisoner of Love (EL!OT's 1987 Mix)
With this remix, EL!0T has crafted an effusive "totally 80's" production that perfectly complements the rich vocals provided by former Hercules & Love Affair collaborators Nomi Ruiz & Antony Hegarty. It's no surprise that Nomi prefers this remix to the original and actually performs this version when on tour.
The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement 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.
Youngblood Hawke: 'We Come Running (RAC Mix)'
Sometimes the best musical formula comes from an organic
meeting of minds between friends, which is how the L.A.-based band Youngblood Hawke came
about. Two former members of Iglu and
Hartly continued working together after thge band disbanded and eventually 3 other friends joined on over
time to form this highly-buzzworthy band.
Their first self-titled EP was just released featuring the first single,
the standout track 'We Come Running.' The band pulls out all of the stops on this freshman effort, including
childrens’ choirs, upbeat guitars and addictive dance beats reminiscent of
MGMT. RAC (Remix Artist Collective) puts
a nice spin on the song, playing up the dramatic pauses and the kids chorus in
Good Night Keaton: 'Next to Mexico (Mighty Mouse Remix)'
Aaron Shanahan got his start with the critically-acclaimed
electronic band Miami Horror, playing drums for the band for the past four years. Amidst recording and touring, he realized his
passion for dance music and production, and created his own side project,
Good Night Keaton. Though he’s been busy
with making mixtapes and remixing other artists' work, 'Next to Mexico' is his
second original track release. Acclaimed
DJ and producer Mighty Mouse adds a more uptempo pacing to the song, giving the
once breezy song a harder, club-ready feel.
Sam Sparro: 'Shades of Grey (Plastic Plates Remix)'
I’ve been a big fan of openly gay artist Sam Sparro since
his 2008 self-titled album, which many know from the massive hit 'Black and
Gold.' The Australian-born, L.A.-bred
singer has a talent for creating dreamy and moody songs that showcase his
soulful voice. He released Return
to Paradise this past year after teasing us with his
first single 'Happiness' some months back.
Though ‘Shades of Grey’ is one of the more morose tracks from the new
album, Felix Bloxsom, also known as Plastic Plates, has remixed the track with
slick beats to make it dancefloor-ready. Bloxsom has a knack for turning slower tracks like Adele’s 'Set Fire To The Rain' and Sia’s 'Cloud' into sophisticated unique dance songs, and he succeeds again with Sparro's 'Shades of Grey.' Interestingly enough, Sparro and Bloxsom went to the same primary school and their grandfathers both played in a jazz band together; Bloxsom also supported Sparro's last tour on the drums.
The boys of OXD are excited to see Sparro live in New York
City on Friday November 30th along with one of our favorite disco
acts, Jessica 6. Come join us next week
at Webster Hall – details can be found here.
Didn't Ke$ha just do this day-glo make-up thing? In any case, this seems a video and track you'll either love or hate depending on your past relationship with dance music.
Writes Sparro: "I wanted to something purely artists before the album's release as a tribute to artists I loved arists like Masters at Work, Black Box, Maurice Fulton, and Todd Terry. The song is a tribute to the house music I grew up with. It's the first time I've released a single where I'm not the featured vocalist."
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Jay-Z headlined England's famed Glastonbury festival on Saturday, a controversial move given the rock-heavy bill the event usually touts. Perhaps no one was more vocal about their disdain for Hova as headliner than Noel Gallagher of Oasis: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance."
In turn, the rapper and music mogul clearly wowed the crowd with his opening song choice: a cover of "Wonderwall."
On a bit more tame note -- well, lately, at least -- George Michael brought his 25 Live tour to The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday. It was the first time he's played L.A. since 1988.
Just before the final encore, in which he performed "Freedom '90," Michael was surprised by Bo Derek, who walked on stage to give him a birthday cake as his band played "Happy Birthday." The London-born singer is 45.
Word on the street has it that Norwegian pop blondie Annie, of "Chewing Gum" fame, has got a new EP out. Towleroad vehemently looks down upon illegal filesharing, but something tells me that if you typed in "Annie" and "EP" into a search engine, you might be taking the first step to finding out more information on this bit of noise.
This Delicate Film We've Made, a live concert DVD containing the last night of Darren Hayes' 2007 tour, will be released from his own Powdered Sugar Productions on July 22.
Creole Lady Marmalade! All three original members of seminal '70s funk-glam trio LaBelle are set to reunite for their first album together since 1976. The group will also perform this Saturday during the Essence Festival -- where else -- down in ol' New Orleans.
London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum will unveil a statue of Amy Winehouse later this year: "We are really pleased to be creating Amy; she is a real icon in mondern British music, a continual award winner and an internationally recognized star widely requested by our guests.
So imagine if a bunch of Alanis Morissette fans got together online and did karaoke to try to win free concert tickets...
Did you know you can now purchase Converse sneakers from Nordstrom with writing from Kurt Cobain's journals on them? This seems like something to get up in arms over, but if Courtney Love says it's ok, then... Oh, well. Whatever. Nevermind.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler finally admits he checked into rehab to recover from more than just foot surgery: "I don't know about (guitarist) Joe (Perry) but I was off and running and I didn't like the me that was me. This was a month ago, so I just put the brakes on and checked into detox and just pulled the plug on all of it."
TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:
Where The Light Is, a live CD/DVD from John Mayer recorded at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater.
High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens' second solo effort, Identified.
R.E.M.'s iTunes-only set, Live: From London.
Love To Make Music To, from L.A.-based electronica producer Daedelus.
New singles from The Faint ("The Geeks Were Right"), LL Cool J ("Baby") and Lee Ann Womack ("Last Call").
Guilt, a new EP from Sheffield indie band The Long Blondes.