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New Music From Escort – “If You Say So”

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

“This New York dance orchestra was churning out period-perfect disco homages years before Daft Punk got lucky.      Rolling Stone

“ …a righteous blast of expertly engineered soul, funk, and, yes, disco.” SPIN

“ …even their four-minute songs feeling like dance-floor epics.“  – The New York Times

“it’s a rollicking collection of era-spanning anthems” The New Yorker

“The best New York disco tracks since West End Records’ early-‘80s heyday.” – Pitchfork

“Their sound is deeply rooted in classic disco, that strain of glossy, decadent dance music that the city churned out at a coke-fueled pace throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s…” The Village Voice

Escort’s new single, “If You Say So” is the soundtrack for your sun drenched West Coast block party. Written with MNDR, “If You Say So” melds the funkier side of ‘70s AOR with Escort’s own aesthetic of classic dance music into a bleach blonde head nodder. It’s the undiscovered love child of Stevie Nicks and Larry Levan. A secret tryst between Darryl Hall and Jean Carn. By embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, Escort have managed to create something strikingly new. The “If You Say So” single will be released on October 21 via Escort Records and features a house take on St. Vincent’s modern classic “Actor Out of Work” featuring the soaring vocals of Adeline Michèle.

If You Say So

Listen: Escort – “If You Say So”

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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

“…a straight up summer smash, the kind of dance track that hangs in an era-less vacuum; the kind of tune makes you feel like you’re in a movie montage, that begins in the hazy magic hour and splices together every amazing moment till dawn.” VICE’s Noisey
“…the pair lands a sound timeless enough to conjure, via those perky guitar licks, catchiness ranging from modern Daft Punk, to old-school Sugar Ray, to that Len song, ‘Steal My Sunshine.’”
SPIN

NYC’s The Knocks are a distinctly 21st century duo, declared by NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” & by The Guardian as “cred-pop’s answers to The Neptunes.” Now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit, the blog world darlings recently announced the release of their debut full-length album, Endisco – set to drop October 7th. Endisco will feature collaborations with a wide range of superstar talent, including St. Lucia, Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot), Adeline Michele (Escort), X Ambassadors, Sneaky Sound System & more.

Endisco album single “Classic” ft. Powers is a funk-infused dance anthem punctuated with The Knocks’ signature party-starting guitar loops, infectious keys & sultry vocals- the consummate summer anthem.

Having spent the last three years jet-setting around the globe for DJ gig, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Chromeo & others, the duo will be on the road once again this summer- taking their ecstatic live show to college towns across the country as well as stints at New York’s Full Moon & Montreal’s ÎleSoniq festivals.

The Knocks consists of B-Roc & J-Patt, who moved in together after dropping out of music school in NYC. J-Patt’s background in soul & funk, and B-Roc’s years spent immersed in trip-hop & hip-hop beats, has allowed them to quickly ascend the production ranks. Initially gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including HAIM, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding & more, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own. The guys didn’t think much would come of a nearly five-minute track they’d been building, all tense beats & tingling synths: “it kind of started out as a joke,” stated B-Roc. “But people were liking that more than the stuff we produced for other people. It felt right.” The duo quickly discovered a newfound freedom in creating their own songs: “it’s better because it’s our own, and we can do whatever we want with it,” explained J-Patt.

The Knocks

Endisco tracklist:

1. Endisco
2. Classic ft. Powers
3. Comfortable ft. X Ambassadors
4. Dancing With The DJ
5. The One ft. Sneaky Sound System
6. Collect My Love ft. Rozzi Crane
7. Magic
8. Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
9. Again ft. Mitzi
10. Flow ft. Adeline Michele
11. Hit The Spot
12. Savior ft. Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot)

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New Mixtape From Escort

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Over the past few months, NYC’s Escort have shared two highly anticipated new singles, “Barbarians” and “Cabaret,” following the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. In celebration of the band’s US tour (and first live gig in Detroit), the band has shared the “Gov’t Shutdown Throwdown” Mixtape. Featuring Italo oddities, forgotten midwest house classics, their favorite Ron Hardy edit and an exclusive preview of “All Night People” by Funn City (1st release on Darshan Jesrani’s brand new Startree imprint!) the “Gov’t Shutdown Throwdown” Mixtape premiered with VICE’s Noisey and is available HERE.

Stream: Escort – Gov’t Shutdown Throwdown Mixtape

Founded by Eugene Cho & Dan Balis and fronted by the powerful vocals of Adeline Michèle, Escort makes music that pays homage to the classics while remaining fresh and modern. The Cabaret & Barbarians singles are out now via Escort Records and fans will have new chances to catch their spectacular live show as they hit the road with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound this fall!

Tour Dates:

* =  w/ JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
11/10: Miami, FL @ Friends of Nature Festival
11/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
11/15: Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag *
11/16: Chicago, IL @ Metro *
11/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
11/18: Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre *
11/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
11/21: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
11/22: Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC *
11/23: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House *
12/4: London, UK @ Queen of Hoxton
12/6: Rennes, FR @ Trans Musicales
12/7: Rennes, FR @ Trans Musicales
12/8: Dublin, IR @ Bodytonic

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Remix: Escort – “Cabaret” (Jacques Renault Remix)

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NYC’s Escort delivers a danceable blend of disco, funk & soul that pays homage to the classics while remaining fresh and modern. The Cabaret single package, featuring remixes by Little Boots, Jacques Renault and Tippy Toes, will drop September 24 via Escort Records.

The band previously shared the “sexcapade inspired” “Cabaret” stream. Today, the band reveals the dreamy remix by fellow Brooklyn native Jacques Renault with Refinery29. Driven by thumping bass and Adeline Michèle’s powerful, soulful voice, “Cabaret” transports listeners into a gritty, underground, late-night soiree in the uninhibited heyday of NYC nightlife.

Listen: Escort – “Cabaret” (Jacques Renault Remix)

Escort tour dates:

11/10: Miami, FL @ Friends of Nature Festival
11/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
11/15: Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
11/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
11/18: Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
11/21: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/22: Washington, DC @ Black Cat DC
11/23: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House

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Listen: Escort – “Barbarians”

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NYC’s Escort, founded by Eugene Cho and Dan Balis and fronted by the enormous vocals of lead singer Adeline Michèle, delivers a danceable blend of disco, funk & soul that pays homage to the classics while remaining fresh and modern. Hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, the ensemble will release a new package for their single Barbarians, complete with remixes from CSS, Rance Muhammitz and an Extended Dub.

Brimming with disco-infused riffs and tribal beats, the irresistibly catchy chorus effortlessly commands you to “stand up” and move.

Dubbed one of the “Best Albums of 2012” by both SPIN and Rolling Stone, Escort will kick off an international tour with a hometown throw-down at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, making stops in Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles & more.

Escort On Tour

5/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/14: Chicago, IL @ Taste of Randolph Street
6/15: Chicago, IL @ The Hideout, Chicago (DJ Set)
7/19: Linz, Austria @ Castle Clam
7/20: Vienna, Austria @ Nova Jazz & Blues Night
7/21: Oeiras Portugal @ Cool Jazz Fest
7/26: Toronto, CA, Toronto’s Festival of Beer w/De La Soul
8/9: Claverlack, NY @ The Big Up Festival
8/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Check Yo Ponytail, The Echoplex

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Download: Escort – “Starlight” (RAC Remix)

NYC’s Escort delivers a danceable blend of disco, funk & soul that pays homage to the classics while remaining fresh and modern. Following the release of their self-titled debut in January (which was named one of the “Best Albums of 2012” by both SPIN and Rolling Stone), Escort will release a remix compilation, Escort Remixed, on Oct 16th before heading out on their first-ever East coast tour.

Listen/download: Escort – “Starlight” (RAC Remix)

Remix Compilation Tracklist

1. Starlight (RAC Remix)
2. Cocaine Blues (Greg Wilson Remix)
3. Why Oh Why (Pound Sterling Remix)
4. Caméleon Chameleon (Club Remix)
5. Forever (Escort Remix Instrumental)
6. Makeover (JKriv Remix)
7. All Through The Night (Sub Swara Remix)
8. Starlight (Max Essa Remix)
9. Caméleon Chameleon (Black Russian Remix)
10. Cocaine Blues (Ewan Pearson Remix)
11. Caméleon Chameleon (Ilija Rudman Mix)

Tour Dates

10/25: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
10/27: New York, NY @ Webster Hall, 1st Annual Escort Halloween Show w/ St. Lucia
11/7: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of The Living Arts
11/9: Chicago, IL @ The Metro
11/10: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
12/7: Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
12/8: Lisbon, Portugal @ Vodafone Mexefest

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Video: Escort – “Why Oh Why” and SXSW Schedule

Escort has been setting dance floors ablaze with their disco-infused beats, irresistibly catchy hooks and seductive live show since releasing a series of 12” singles in 2006. Those who have not had a chance to experience the band’s energized live show will have several chances to catch the band at SXSW including the outdoor stage at SPIN Magazine’s show @ Stubbs. The band will also play a special Last.FM “Live In NYC show on March 23.

For an early taste of the 17-piece disco party powerhouse, check out the brand new “Why Oh Why” video, created by Marisol Baltierra.

Escort Tour Dates

  • 3/16: SXSW @ Stubbs, (SPIN Party), 1:30pm
  • 3/16: SXSW @ Empire Automotive (Keep A Breast Foundation, Official Showcase), 1am
  • 3/17: SXSW @ Malverde (Bond Showcase), 7:30-8:15pm DJ SET
  • 3/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ DFA DJs, Last.FM “Live In NYC”

Escort’s highly anticipated self-titled debut record has received acclaim from New York Times, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, WNYC Soundcheck, The Village Voice, RCRD LBL and more. The seventeen-member “disco orchestra”, founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle, features an incredible cast of musicians who have played with everyone from indie-rock titans Arcade Fire to avant-classical luminaries Alarm Will Sound. Steeped in the venerable tradition of club-land’s holy trinity, New York, Chicago, and Detroit, Escort’s self-titled new album pays homage to mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts & Ian Dury.While embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, Escort has managed to create something strikingly new.

Featuring the theatrical masterpiece “Caméleon Chameleon,” the piercing horns and silky smooth vocals of “A Bright New Life” and “Makeover” which effortlessly explores the lost possibilities of another era the album also includes versions of their 12” DJ releases remixed, re-mastered, rearranged, and re-recorded specially for the LP, completing the album as a sonic experience from beginning to end. Escort’s long-awaited debut LP was released January 31st on vinyl and CD as well as iTunes and all digital retailers through Escort Records.

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Free Download: Escort – “Makeover”

“The Best Disco Album Of 2011”
– SPIN

“The best New York disco tracks since West End Records’ early-‘80s heyday.”
– Pitchfork

“Escort is New York City’s greatest perpetual buzz band…”
– The Village Voice

Escort has been setting dance floors ablaze with their disco-infused beats, irresistibly catchy hooks and seductive live shows since releasing a series of 12” singles in 2006. The seventeen-member “disco orchestra,” founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle, features an incredible cast of musicians who have played with everyone from indie-rock titans Arcade Fire to avant-classical luminaries Alarm Will Sound. Escort’s long-awaited debut LP will be released on vinyl and CD on January 31st but is out on iTunes now!

Escort’s self-titled new album pays homage to mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts & Ian Dury. While embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, Escort has managed to create something strikingly new. Check out the new song “Makeover” below.

Listen/download: Escort – “Makeover”

Opener “CaméleonChameleon” is a theatrical masterpiece about the French serial impostor Frédéric Bourdin, set to a beat that’s equal parts Thriller and the Tom Tom Club. With piercing horns and silky smooth vocals “A Bright New Life” commands you to the dance floor. “Love in Indigo” blends the enormous R&B vocals of Adeline Michèle with lush strings creating a disco extravaganza that is all their own. The tracks, “Makeover” and “Why oh Why” seem to explore the lost possibilities of another era. The 1937 standard “A Sailboat in the Moonlight” is twisted into a lost classic. The album also includes versions of their 12” DJ releases remixed, re-mastered, rearranged, and re-recorded specially for the LP, completing the album as a sonic experience from beginning to end. New Yorkers who haven’t had a chance to catch them live have 2 more chances with a release party DJ event this week and a live disco extravaganza w/Midnight Magic coming up in December.

Escort NYC Shows
11/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo, DJ Release Show
ft. Escort, Prince Languare & DarshanJesrani
12/17: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/Midnight Magic

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