Andy Butler feat. Richard Kennedy: ‘You Can Shine (The Carry Nation Remix)’
Andy Butler, the mastermind behind the acclaimed house and new disco ensemble Hercules And Love Affair, released ‘You Can Shine’ earlier this year, which features the sophisticated vocal work of queer singer Richard Kennedy. For this release, Butler commissioned fellow Brooklyn gay nightlife stars The Carry Nation (Will Automagic and Nita Aviance) to create a deeper, darker version of the original.
The Carry Nation’s remix brings in their signature underground sound, filled with tribal percussions and expressive drums, a more introspective pace and expansive progression. This is a track that will likely become an iconic piece from the current dance scene in Brooklyn for future generations.
- DJ Jes hails from Chicago and the city’s influence can be easily noted in his latest release, the First Generation EP. The last cut in the record, ‘Malo,’ got me hooked with its laid-back, jazzy and tribal feel.
- Still on the percussion-based side of house, Archie Hamilton focuses on an abstract drum melody for his track ‘Mind Blank.’ Mixed with a killer bass, it will keep dance floors moving for days.
- Jacques Renault (who played with us at Sunday tea dance, Paradisco, this past spring) is back with a new release on his own imprint, Let’s Play House. The forthcoming EP, Talk System, will include the somewhat acid, yet sweet rework of ‘Psyched Up’ by Sisterhood.
- The Emperor Machine adds his analog disco touch to Cannibal Ink’s ‘Acid U.’ I’m always impressed by anything The Emperor Machine releases and this track is no exception.
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.
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