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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.21.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

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 Tad Haes, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.

 

Charm: 'With You'

Charm's 'With You' features soulful house vocalist Charmaine Baines, who has lent her voice to many other house hits in the past. The familiar-sounding track mixes some well done funk and disco beats to create a lighthearted, yet strong dance song, where Baines' powerful vocals really shine. 'With You' will be out next week on British label Rogue Cat Sounds and will feature a remix by New York producer Eric “Dunks” Duncan (a.k.a. Dr. Dunks).

 

Mickey: 'Walk Away'

Belgian producer Mickey became famous through a more accessible nu-disco sound, following the lead of other fellow producers like The Magician and Aeroplane. It is interesting to see his evolution though with the release of 'Walk Away,' on the more deep house-oriented label Exploited. The new work showcases Mickey in a more mature shape, combining complex layers and chopped female vocals into an uplifting house track.

 

Abstraxion feat. Astrid Engberg: 'Every Night I’m Lying'

Abstraxion is the moniker of 28 year old French musician and DJ Harold Boué, who last week released his debut album Break of Lights on New York label Have A Killer Time records. The LP includes 'Every Night I’m Lying,' a collaboration with singer Astrid Engberg and the result is a textural and melancholic deep house/pop song that starts slow and builds up beautifully over its six minutes. The album can be streamed for free in its entirety over HAKT’s SoundCloud.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 11.7.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

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. 

 

Bicep: 'Satisfy'

Belfast's hottest duo Bicep takes a journey through classic house with their upcoming Satisfy EP which releases on November 25th. The 3-track work includes the 80’s-inspired 'Satisfy,' the acid house 'The Final Trip' (my favorite) and the club-banger 'Snackbar.' As usual though, Bicep is able to infuse their signature sounds and treatment and make these tracks sound fresh and contemporary.

 

Rhythm Operator: 'Fiona’s Room'

Calvin James, also known as Rhythm Operator, is a producer based in LA who has great skills in capturing elements from past classics and translating them into new deep house anthems. Following tracks like 'Anytime,' which was featured on Needwant’s great compilation “Traxx: The House That Garage Built” as well as 'Let’s Groove,' Rhythm Operator releases his new EP, Hope, and in a few days it managed to become one of the recent releases I am obsessing about. 'Fiona’s Room' has the right smooth and catchy elements that will get it quickly in many DJ cases. The EP is out now NYC label Let’s Play House.

 

Tom Demac & Will Samson: 'It Grows Again'

A collaboration of two British forces, 'It Grows Again' is the result of Tom Demac’s impeccable production and the beautiful vocal work by folk/ambient singer Will Samson. It is definitely a moodier, softer track than our usual recommendations, and it exemplifies one of the reasons we love house music as it takes on infinite shapes.

 

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 10.17.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

Manhooker: 'Pushin' & Shovin''

Berliners by choice, Tomasz “Guiddo” Switala and Sebastian “Mavin” Magassouba are Manhooker, a duo that very quickly have become an obsession of mine despite only releasing a couple of singles. Following their two hits 'Wheels in Motion' and 'Cloud 9,' released earlier this year, Manhooker keeps the great momentum up with 'Pushin' & Shovin'.' The new track is a delicious combination of acid house and jazzy elements, alongside the extremely sexy vocals by Mavin. The EP is available on Bandcamp.

 

Lukas: 'Narwhals'

Bristol-based label Futureboogie has provided us with instant classics like The White Lamp's 'It's You,' Terrence Pearce's 'Halcyon' and James Welsh's 'Craven.' Their latest release is a 4-track EP by Lukas, the man behind the infamous parties Alfresco Disco, which is also a record label. 'Narwhals,' the second cut on the record, is an infectiously uplifting track where bongos and a piano riff come together and leave you with no option but to dance.

 

Miguel Migs: 'Moving Sound (Deluxe Salted Dub)'

Super-producer Miguel Migs requires no introduction. This San Francisco deep house staple has been churning out high quality music for over 20 years now, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. This week, Miguel Migs and his Salted Music label shared their latest effort, 'Moving Sound.' The EP comes packed with three dub versions of the track and my pick is the 'Deluxe Salted Dub.' As one would expect from a Migs' release, there are jazzy organs, beautiful soulful vocals and move-inducing bass lines.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 9.26.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

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.

 

No Regular Play: 'Night Ranger'

Nothing Less, the excellent 4-track EP by the duo known as No Regular Play (released last month) is the kind of solid work we hope to hear from artists we love. The second track in this release is 'Night Ranger,' a melancholic and beautiful piece that relies on corky keys and beats by Nick DeBruyn, and sad trumpet melodies and sweet vocals by Greg Paulus – a nice contrast with the happy house title track. Make sure to watch the lovely music video directed by the talented Samantha Casolari.

 

The KDMS: 'Part Time Lovers'

The KDMS (Kathy Diamond + Maxi Skiba) already covered Madonna and released one of my favorite albums of 2012, Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories, a collection of disco-inspired tracks that are fun, refined and yet very approachable. The latest single coming out of this debut effort, 'Part Time Lovers' will be reinterpreted by an all-star team, which includes Iron Curtis, Peter Visti, Arthur's Landing, Acid Washed, Martin Brodin, A Copycat and Nirosta Steel Eastwood.

 

The Emperor Machine: 'Hey!'

Andy Meecham is mostly known for his work with Chicken Lips, but he is also the man behind The Emperor Machine, one of the exponent projects in the space disco scene. After a 4-year hiatus and no original productions (only remixes here and there), The Emperor Machine returned in full force with two releases in 2013: Like A Machine earlier this year and now Hey!. The title track of the latter is a dancefloor killer best enjoyed on a powerful sound system and with hips ready to move. I also highly recommend the other original track in the EP, 'Mandy Mutron.' Listen to both on Spotify

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 9.5.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

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.

This column will now be appearing on Thursday evening, rather than Fridays!

Tensnake feat. Fiora: 'See Right Through'

Tensnake's forthcoming debut album is not due until later in fall but it is already shaping up to be an exciting piece of work with two releases seeing the light of day in less than a week. Different from the rather slow '58 BPM,' which Ru shared last week, 'See Right Through' indicates that the Hamburg producer/DJ still holds on to the dancefloor-oriented vibes he's known for, while sharing the same guest vocalist on both tracks: Berlin-based singer Fiora. The album will feature collaborations with disco legend Nile Rodgers (Chic), who recently worked with Daft Punk on 'Get Lucky,' and Stuart Price a.k.a. Thin White Duke and Les Rythmes Digitales, the producer behind Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor as well as The Killer's Day & Age and Pet Shop Boys' latest Electric), amongst other guest appearances.

 

Atjazz feat. Robert Owens: 'Love Someone (Fromwood World Soul Remix)'

Splitting his time between professionally scoring games like Tomb Raider and producing ethereal jazz and house music tracks, composer/producer Martin Iveson, better known as Atjazz, has been a key figure in the British underground scene for the past 26 years. His popular collaboration with the acclaimed house vocalist Robert Owens off the 2008 album Full Circle has recently seen a revamp by two artists, DJ Tipz and Fromwood. Fromwood, who Ru introduced you to last week with his track 'Homesphere', is responsible for this beautiful World Soul remix, a sophisticated work with an interesting chill approach to the original, highlighting Owen's soulful vocal work.

 

Hayden James: 'Permission To Love'

Hayden James' 'Permission to Love' proves once more that Australian artists create the best summer music. While the mid-tempo track sports unconventionally distorted vocals that may seem odd to the common ear at first, they turn into just the right amount of spice once layered over uplifting synths and beats. James' debut self-titled EP is out now on Future Classic with 5 excellent tracks that range from pop to balearic and R&B and is highly recommended.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music for 8.16.13

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TADEU MAGALHÃES

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.

Annie: 'Back Together'

Norwegian indie-pop sensation Annie comes back yet with another collaboration with acclaimed British producer Richard X, who has worked with artists like Róisín Murphy, Goldfrapp, Sam Sparro and Sophie Ellis-Bextor amongst countless others. The A&R EP, comprised of 5 tracks, starts with the lovely opening track and newest single, 'Back Together.'  The song is a sweet 90's-inspired electro-pop tune that translates well the current trend from house music in the pop world. The accompanying music video starts off with a hilarious hit parade countdown reminiscent from 90's MTV era (which includes another track from the EP, 'Invisible') followed by crazy animated backdrops and silly dance moves from the pop singer.

 

No Regular Play: 'Nothing Less'

NYC label Have A Killer Time Recordings, ran by ex-DFA member Justin Miller, has only been around for less than a year with a roster of great tracks by artists like Paradis, Cale Parks, Das Moth and John Camp. The next release on HAKT will be the 4-track EP by No Regular Play entitled Nothing Less, out on August 26th, and the title track is a deep house masterpiece with its trumpet solo, jazzy beats and uplifting keys.

 

Pale: 'Fearing Faces'

'Fearing Faces' is the brand new song by London-based duo Pale, which was produced by Jas Shaw, one half of Simian Mobile Disco. The track is a great synth-pop work with all the right elements for becoming a big hit and vocals that resonate with the listener.

 

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