Chordashian – Cold Nights
Brooklyn-based Chordashian's somewhat ironically titled 'Cold Nights' borrows vocals and melodies from Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness,' adds electric synths and funky marimbas, and creates an energetic house gem that will keep you feeling warm on these wintery nights.
Bicep – 'Mixxmaster 88'
Belfast-based Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar picked up a pair of turntables in their teens, collected a lot of records, and played countless DJ gigs before realizing they need create their own sound and, therefore, formed Bicep. With 'Mixxmaster 88,' Bicep draws from familiar 80's analog house sounds and samples to create an original yet incredibly nostalgic song that is sure to inject energy onto any dancefloor. The song, which is only available on vinyl so far, is perhaps best described in Bicep's own words: "Call it an edit, a mashup, an adaptation, a party jam… just call it Mixxmaster 88."
Makam – What Ya Doin'
I discovered Makam's 'What Ya Doin'' via Duke Dumont's Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, and was at first surprised it wasn't a Dumont production itself. With it's infectious beat and Chicago house elements, it almost sounds like an extension of Dumont's 'The Giver.' Makam borrows a vocal sample from Ciara's 2006 hit, 'Promise,' and lowers the pitch (as is the trend these days) to create a veritable club banger that is sure to get your feet moving.
OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.