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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Jad & The Ladyboy, Basement Jaxx, Maceo Plex and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Australian producers have become popular with their established synth-pop aesthetic, where acts like Cut Copy, The Presets and Pnau stand out as some of the most prolific and world-famous. So it comes as a refreshing surprise to hear the work of Jad & The Ladyboy, whose soulful influences can be clearly noted on his newest release 'Hey Sisters,' which follow the success of 'Step In My Direction.'

Jad & The Ladyboy: 'Hey Sisters'

The new record maintains a warm jazzy feel, and the addition of a strong gospel vocal creates an uplifting dancefloor experience. Download your free copy of the song here.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Kölsch, Sailor & I, Digitaria and More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Danish producer Kölsch became known by the piano-based tech house hit 'Der Alte,' and is now back with a new release on Kompakt Records.

Kölsch: 'Cassiopeia'

 ‘Cassiopeia,’ takes cue from similar piano riffs, with the addition of a lush, emotional string arrangement that elevates the track to an euphoric state. This is a song with a lot of potential for establishing Kölsch as one of the next big names in house music; just reading the commentary on the Soundcloud here show the immense excitement around this track.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Jaakkoo Eino Kalevi, Bob Moses, Automagic & More

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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 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.  

 

Jaakko Eino Kalevi might not be the easiest name to remember, but his music will stick like no other. The Finnish producer's latest track, 'Speak Out,' releasing on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space next week, combines elements of rock, pop and dance music to create an effortlessly beautiful record. It's the type of work that sounds polished and complex, while maintaining a certain level of innocence that is impossible to ignore.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by La Roux and Prins Thomas, Fort Romeau, Stereogamous and more

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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 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.  

La Roux: 'Let Me Down Gently (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)'

After snatching a Grammy for best electronic/dance album with her debut self-titled full-length, La Roux is now getting ready for the launch of her new release, Trouble in Paradise, which will come out in early July. With a keen eye for quality dance music, the british synth-pop artist invited Scandinavian disco extraordinaire Prins Thomas to re-work her first hype single, 'Let Me Down Gently.' Thomas transforms the electronic ballad into a lush and sophisticated slow-disco record, keeping the original melancholy while adding his signature balearic bass lines and ethereal, acoustic elements. The perfect soundtrack for late summer afternoons.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Erol Alkan, Dedication, Francis Inferno Orchestra and more

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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 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.  

Margot: 'Waldorf (Erol Alkan Extended Rework)'

As one of London's legendary dance scene influencers, Erol Alkan has done it all, from party promoter to DJ to music producer. Having started in the electro and new rave era of the early 2000’s, Alkan seamlessly transitioned into the electronic dance scene and today runs his own label, Phantasy, which releases many talented artists, including Daniel Avery and Connan Mockasin. Alkan is a prolific remixer who has re-worked artist like Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Scissor Sisters and The Chemical Brothers – and his latest work for Margot is my highlight this week. This is a track that builds up a lot of power during its initial 2 minutes before it finally breaks into the kind of ecstasy inducing climax every dancefloor hopes for. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes one of the big hits of 2014.

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by GusGus, Nancy Whang, Cut Copy and more

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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 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.  

GusGus: 'Crossfade'

When I first heard GusGus as a teenager, it changed my relationship with music. Their 1997 full-length Polydistortion (still one of my all-time favorites) was a delight to the ear with its textural, ethereal ballads and very weird sounds mixed in with a few thumping dance beats. That 90's rave and trip-hop era is long gone by now, but GusGus still remains active and relevant as they share the first single, 'Crossfade,' from their ninth studio album Mexico. It is the second on German techno/avant-garde pop label Kompakt, and judging by this first track, I expect another grand work by the Icelandic supergroup. For a broader taste of their sound, check out the amazing video for 'Over' and, of course, their masterpiece, Polydistortion.

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