We quietly dropped Eli’s new Escobar Edits on site last week (a couple weeks early at the shops). Here’s the official release announcement with Eli dropping a Record Check for the occasion. Look for the record to be dropping at other fine record shops in the coming weeks.
Also check out Eli’s digital chart, link at the bottom of post.
Super weird spacey disco jam. It has some vocals and cool pianos and a violin solo (!!!) in the beginning before getting into a stupid 4 minute break. This shit wins over “Sing-Sing” in my book. One time I played it at Santos and Blu Jemz actually asked me if I made it and then made a joke about me sitting in a room with headphones on going nuts with an electric drum kit. You had to be there. And drunk.
A Flock Of Seagulls
I remember getting into this group after hearing a track by them called “Windows” at my friend’s house in like 1982 or something. I am old, but this is one of my earliest memories, trust me! It really annoys me when people make fun of New Wave and talk about haircuts and shit. Listen to this song, it’s warm, emotional music. This video had monkeys in it like Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” vid. What did it all mean?
Fun Girl (LIv Spencer Remix)
What I love about Hercules and Love Affair was the completely un-ironic stance they have. There’s no wink-wink going on. This is a bit of a continuation of the style Nomi sung in “You Belong” but I think she flexes vocal muscle we didn’t know she had here. And Liv Spencer seems to do no wrong. This record has definitely not left my crate since it came out!
I learned about this song listening to one of my many Ron Hardy mixes. It falls somewhere in that freestyle-electro-club-Fun House style but sounds like someone pushed the wrong button on the sequencer and they were just like “fuck it, sounds good like this.” I found it in Toronto recently and for crazy cheap. I actually screamed when I saw it.
Whenever I do lists like this I try and think of my favorite songs ever over just trying to impress people with some rare shit no one cares about. This is probably top 5 for me. I will never not dance if this comes on. On the nerd tip, I love the key change for the hook. Subtle but effective. And it sounds so huge! I feel like no matter what song this comes on after, it just eats it up. Even like MSTRKRFT or something.
This is super famous obviously and a junior high classic for me. Some trivia for you, Todd Terry played keys on here. The B-Side “Love Dub” is hot as fuck. People think freestyle is simple and a lot of it is (which is why it’s great, duh) but this is actually quite a sophisticated production. All time.
You know when you go on Beatport and preview songs and it all sounds like one flat line and you start thinking about killing yourself? This is one song I actually bought and play all the time. It has all the classic components but still sounds very “right now”. I went to a Permanent Vacation party in Germany and it was better than like the last 5 years of NY parties I’ve been to put together.
But Not Tonight
This is the kind of song I want to hear at 4am when there’s 20 people left in the club who will dance to anything. Also I think it’s a perfect extended mix that just complements the original and makes it a bit more deejay friendly. There’s also a pretty dope remix of “Stripped” by Flood on here. I always want to hear “A Night Like This” by The Cure after this one.
Hot (Murk Mix)
If you ever saw “Paris Is Burning” you know about Willie Ninja and the House Of Ninja. This is kinda in a similar vein to “I Can’t Get No Sleep”. Early MAW production, right before they got way elevator music. I love the Karen Young sample and the sick baseline. Not much more you can say about a jam like this, It’s simply perfect.
Blues For You (Hard Dub)
For the last few years I’ve kinda been avoiding early-mid 90′s house in my sets but right about now I’m so into it. Logic always came up with such simple yet effective and moving piano lines. This reminds me of the times when clubs in New York had rooms for different kinds of music. I used to sort of creep into the house rooms to see what was going on. By the end of the 90′s I was going directly to them! I’ve been trying to make a song like this for my album. The “less is more” approach which I sometimes have to remind myself of.