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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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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Tensnake, Fort Romeau, Hercules And Love Affair and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Tensnake feat. Jeremy Glenn: 'Selfish'

House music fans from all over the globe have been longing for a full length release by Tensnake ever since his smashing dancefloor hit 'Coma Cat' made ways into DJ record crates back in 2010. The time has finally come for Glow, the German producer’s debut album, after a few singles appeared during the past months. It features collaborations with Nile Rodgers (of Chic, and most recently Daft Punk), Jacques Lu Cont (producer of Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor), Jamie Lidell, singer Fiora and Canadian vocalist/producer Jeremy Glenn. 'Selfish,' the song featuring Glenn’s voice, is a sweet pop track infused with 80’s synths which I can easily see making its way into radio waves across the world.

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The OXD Mirror: The Politics of Dancing and New Music by Annie, Plastic Plates and Sam Sparro

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

The Politics of Dancing...or Why Occupy The Disco?

Before Stonewall happened in 1969, two people of the same sex were not legally allowed to dance together in New York City. You could get busted for engaging in such act, and people often got in trouble with the cops for doing exactly that. But over the years following the Stonewall riots and the consequent repeal of the city’s cabaret law in 1971, dancing would become gay people's most powerful form of protest, and the main tool for expressing who they are. It laid ground for the gay civil rights movement to flourish by connecting the right people across dancefloors. And this social, political and dance revolution would be powered by uptempo black R&B records played by gay DJs at queer and racially diverse places like The Loft, The Gallery, the Paradise Garage and The Saint, which were only to be labelled “disco music” by the mass media towards the end of the '70s decade. The rest is history, and gay culture, civil rights and even the mainstream music industry would change forever.

Disco (and house music later in the '80s) is more than a music genre – it has a history of gathering under one roof people that wouldn't otherwise come together: gay, straight, black, white, rich and poor. It started as a revolutionary gay movement with direct social and political consequences.  Forty years later, disco and house still push boundaries and change concepts by simply inspiring us to dance (and collectively protest) all night long.

Annie feat. Bjarne Melgaard: ‘Russian Kiss’

The politics of dance music are obvious in Annie's latest release, 'Russian Kiss,' a collaboration with fine artist Bjarne Melgaard. Scheduled to coincide with the kick-off of the Sochi Olympics, the song and video are blunt statements against Putin and his gay-hating laws that have been broadly covered by all media channels at this point. Part of the proceeds from the song will go to the gay rights advocacy non-profit All Out. The track is heavily inspired by Lil’ Louis’ 1989 classic hit, 'French Kiss,' with an important twist: the infamous female orgasm break is replaced with a sexy male version. A tweak that could perhaps shake Russian’s authorities suppressed homoerotic feelings?

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The OXD Mirror: New Music by The Mekanism, Bright Light Bright Light, Wolf & Lamb and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

As one of the most played artists at the legendary New York City club Paradise Garage during the late '70s and through the '80s, Gwen Guthrie became a familiar voice that echoes through decades in the gay collective unconscious.

In addition to making her own music, she performed backing vocals for Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna. She was also often remixed by Larry Levan, who made her famous at the Garage scene in the '80s. Thirty years later, young French producer The Mekanism (born Damien Rousell) takes a stab at reviving one of Guthrie's hits, 'Dance Fever,' with an uptempo re-work filled with energy and groove. The track can be downloaded for free here.

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