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The OXD Mirror: New Music by Duke Dumont, Borneland, MNEK, HNNY & Saint Pepsi



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.   We're trying out some new formats to keep this column fresh, so stay tuned over the next few weeks as we fine tune!

There's no doubt that nostalgia is very "in" these days. Whether it be in television, films, or even "throwback thursdays" it seems like everyone is reminiscing about the "good old days," and reissuing our childhood memories with an added millenial gloss. This revisiting of the past is also very apparent on today's music. With pop acts like Beyoncé sampling more of a '90s R&B vibe, and dance acts like Disclosure harkening back to early UK Garage music, updating yesterday's sound for a new era is de riguer by today's cultural phenomenons.

We saw the trend first begin to emerge in 2012 with the French Express enclave taking '90s R&B hits and giving them a tropical feel. Now, producers are becoming even more experimental and are using the audience's familiarity with the original track as an anchor that leads them through their new, updated productions. This strategy works very well for unknown artists as it's a great way to have audiences become instantly familiar with their track and want to seek out other, original music that has the same production value. The playlist below features some artists that are certain to make it big in 2014 through using this tactic successfully.

Have a listen, and check out my notes on each track AFTER THE JUMP. ..

 Learn more about these tracks, and listen to an extended mixtape AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Whitney Houston's Mom Cissy Would Not Have Accepted Her as a Lesbian, She Tells Oprah: VIDEO


Oprah interviews singer Cissy Houston, Whitney's mom, in the latest episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Houston tells an incredulous Oprah that had Whitney come out to her as a lesbian she would not have liked it, or condoned it.


(via gawker)

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Movies: Whitney Houston Sparkles. 'Sparkle' Isn't So Lucky

♪ Ohhhh I wanna act with somebody ♫ I wanna steal the scene from somebody 



Leaving for the theater to see SPARKLE, the boyfriend wrinkled up his nose. "Is that that Dreamgirls remake?" he asked rhetorically. He doesn't care about movies (...I know!) so I just said "yes" rather than getting into it. Sparkle, like Dreamgirls before it, does pair an "American Idol" alum in her big screen debut (Jordin Sparks / Jennifer Hudson) with a genuine legend (Whitney / Beyoncé) to tell the story of a troubled female pop trio in 1960s Detroit attempting to make it big as Motown explodes. But the similarities are cosmetic. (Which is not, unfortunately, to Sparkle's benefit. If you're going to load up your screenplay with familiar clichés, rob from superior work!)

The immediate jarring difference between the two films is first noticeable in the Jennifer/Jordin throughline. In both stories the biggest talent of the trio has to play second fiddle to "the hot one" but only in the earlier property does the Major Talent bristle mesmerizingly against her runner-up status; Jordin's "Sparkle" is a willing wallflower, happy to let her sister (the crazy gorgeous Carmen Ejogo) sing all of her songs whilst shimmering in the warmth of the spotlight. Sparkle's sister's name is "Sister" and their group is called "Sister and Her Sisters" and the men competing dramatically for their hands (that's a euphemism for vaginas) are named "Stix" (Derek Luke) and "Satin" (Mike Epps). So any moviegoer with a sybilant "S" should avoid all discussions of the movie. 



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'Glee' Honors Whitney Houston: VIDEO


Next week's Glee revolves around the unmistakable songs of the late singer Whitney Houston, and in anticipation Fox has released a clip of the stars singing Houston's iconic "How Will I Know."

Called "Dance With Somebody," the episode will reportedly feature eight Houston songs, including power anthem "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," as well as the titular track.

Until then, take a listen to Glee's rendition of "How Will I Know" AFTER THE JUMP.

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Whitney Houston Sparkles in Trailer for Final Film: VIDEO


The trailer for Whitney Houston's final film, Sparkle, was released today. Houston plays the mother of three daughters in a girl group in the Motown era. Jordin Sparks stars, with Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter. Cee-Lo Green co-stars.

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Bobbi Kristina Talks to Oprah About Whitney's Death: VIDEO


Oprah interviewed Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina for the first time since the singer's death.

Bobbi Kristina told Oprah she has experienced a "visitation" by Whitney's spirit: "Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."

She also talked about her last days with her mother.

Watch (with two portions of the Pat Houston interview in which she talks about the night Whitney died), AFTER THE JUMP...

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