SARAH AVRIN // Publicist
ERIN JEAN HUSSEY // Publicist
Dance music will live forever, and so will Escort. The New York City disco outfit are back with their third album, City Life, and if you've spent the last four years missing their unique and classic-sounding approach to dance music, you're in luck. Their most expansive and collaborative album yet, City Life teems with the urban kinetic energy hinted at in the album's title—nine tracks spanning dub reggae, house, Brazilian pop, and the glittery shine of disco equally suitable for your headphones and a night out on the town.
It's the latest in what's been an impressive career for Escort, now helmed by co-producers Eugene Cho and JKriv—dating back to their star-making 2006 single “Starlight,” the effervescent grandeur of 2010’s “Cocaine Blues,” and the indelible self-titled debut that followed in 2011. 2015 brought their sophomore effort Animal Nature, and the last four years have represented a creative gestation leading up to City Life. "We're not exactly the fastest, but we take our time and make sure all the details are in place," JKriv states. "It's been very organic and easy. There isn't one way we work — we just build stuff together."
For longtime listeners, the greatest noticeable change on City Life is the abundance of new voices—specifically, vocalist Nicki B, who appears both in lead and background form throughout and is Escort's new lead vocalist — replacing longtime frontwoman Adeline, who's since gone on to pursue a solo career. “Nicki was an obvious choice for us," Cho exclaims regarding the changing of the guard.
Legendary vocalist Fonda Rae also appears on the album's sparkling title track and lead single; Cho and JKriv met her while performing at a Red Bull Music Academy tribute to underground disco icon Patrick Adams: "We connected with her—she's really sweet, and we wanted to write a song to feature her on," JKriv explains. "We tried to put something together evoking the feeling of Fonda's records," Cho continues. "We were nervous to send it to her—here's something that's inspired by you!—but she was totally into it. It was great."