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.
As we recap the year in disco and house music, I now have the chance to share my 10 favorite tracks this year. Make sure to also check Ru's top 10 tracks of 2012 on last week's post.
10. Jessie Ware: 'Running (Disclosure Remix)'
I still get the chills every time I listen to this song and will always remember when I heard it for the first time. Gigamesh played it on an early Summer night at Hudson Terrace in NYC and my curiosity was piqued after first listen at the power of this particular track. By that time, Disclosure and Jessie Ware were still unfamiliar to me, but this collaboration sure did the job of hooking me on both for the rest of the year.
9. Holy Ghost!: 'It's Not Over (Dimitri From Paris EroDiscoMix)'
Dimitri From Paris' recent "EroDiscoMix" series, in collaboration with DJ Rocca, has been successfully turning original songs into outstanding house anthems and in my opinion is one of the highlights of 2012. Many artists received the EroDiscoMix treatment so far, including The Rapture, Sébastien Tellier, Storm Queen, Midnight Magic and Holy Ghost! Some re-works are so incredibly well mastered that they make the original versions sound like a work in progress – such is the case for Dimitri's work on Holy Ghost!'s 'It's Not Over'. Though I still consider the original track to be a great one, it is nearly impossible not to imagine the EroDiscoMix version kicking in as soon as it starts playing.
8. Breakbot: 'Why (feat. Ruckazoid)'
Breakbot's debut album, By Your Side, was one of my favorite releases from this year, with the track 'Why' being my best pick in it. What caught my attention at first listen was how much Breakbot's new tracks resembled Michael Jackson's Off The Wall. The album is nostalgic, yet fresh, contemporary and very accessible. So much that it even "inspired" Bruno Mars to create his latest hit 'Treasure,' apparently after unsuccessful attempts on getting permission to cover Breakbot's 'Baby I'm Yours.'
TRACKS 1-7, AFTER THE JUMP...