BY TAD HAES
Darshan Jesrani, one former half of the highly-praised house act Metro Area, and Dennis Kane (of labels Ghost Town and Disques Sinthomme) joined efforts about two years ago to produce original music as the duo called Siren. Their first release, ‘Gauntlet,’ which came out last year, set the stage for their moody style with its strong influences from italo-disco to new wave. The follow up is ‘A/Way,’ out later this month, featuring vocals by Mr. Reed and a remix by disco stars Faze Action.
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Faze Action is best known for their uplifting house style, which borrows elements from disco, jazz and Latin and African music. With this remix for ‘Gauntlet’, they turn the somewhat mellow original version into a dancefloor-ready track, incorporating percussion, bass and horns to bring us back to the peak of the disco era.
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- Bicep‘s newest track, ‘Dahlia,’ is a collaboration with fellow Belfast artist Hammer and will be released on their own imprint, Feel My Bicep records. The ’90s-inspired piano melodies are one of Bicep’s most noticeable signature sounds and with ‘Dahlia’ they headed towards perfecting their well known style.
- Prins Thomas applies his sophisticated disco sensibility to Amirali‘s ‘Fearful Stay,’ while keeping Amirali’s haunting whispered vocals and general introspective feel as the stars of the record.
- London’s Randomer is back with a new percussive techno track called ‘Juju,’ a record that brings it back to our ancestral and tribal roots of moving to nothing but drums.
- To close up on an uplifting note, Dan Beaumont‘s ‘Spirit Talking’ combines a strong thumping beat with intense gospel vocals which are sure to inspire transcendental moments on the dancefloor.
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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