NYC’s premiere disco outfit, Escort will release their long awaited new albumCity Life on April 12. The record was announced alongside lead single “City Life” featuring Fonda Rae with Rolling Stone, garnering accolades fromAfropunk and a Pitchforkfeature. Deeply inspired by the legendary records that seamlessly melded the harmonic freedom of jazz, the pulse of funk and disco and the sharp spirituality of the era, the band has unleashed new album track “Ride” (feat. Brian Jackson) premiered with OkayPlayer today.“There is a shared playlist of 70s fusion songs that you still hear all the time on the radio in New York, and most of our favorites were produced by the Mizell brothers,” shares the band. “We were truly honored to have the great Brian Jackson lay down yet another brilliant flute performance, echoing one of the most danced-to flute solos of all time — his classic, “The Bottle”— a highlight of his work with lifelong musical collaborator Gil Scott Heron.”
From the syncopated bass hits of the intro to “Ride’”s piano stabs and rhythm guitar, Escort draw on a mix of contemporary and classic influences throughout—from the sounds of NYC dance music circa the late 1970s and early ’80s to the various permutations of disco and house music that continue to keep bodies moving this very day. The band is incorporating a leaner, meaner stage setup for the City Life live show. With a national tour kicking off April 17 in NYC, they’re connecting more than ever with the beating heart that is dance music’s communal pulse.
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. Longtime listeners, will notice the abundance of new voices on the new album — 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. Guests include NYC disco-R&B icon Fonda Rae,Lone Ranger, and Brian Jackson best known for his fusion of political jazz, blue and soul in partnership with Gil Scott-Heron. Adeline also appears on several tracks.