Wax Runoff: Eli Escobar [NP-104v]
It’s not often that I’ll buy two copies of (almost) the same release from an artist but a fresh EP from New York house and disco evangelist Eli Escobar was a little too good for me to pass up. One of New York City’s familiar faces, Escobar has made a name for himself throwing the famed Tiki Disco parties while pumping out releases on seminal New York house labels like Nervous and Strictly Rhythm. More recently, a string of releases on his own imprint Night People NYC have become prized catch among Discogs speculators and propelled him to the top of Traxsource’s digital download charts.
Escobar’s latest on Night People, the Seein You EP positions itself as a cross between an album sampler and a remix EP – with original mixes of 3 tracks appearing on the much harder to find Up All Night double LP. This latest four-tracker is loaded with accessible, disco-tinged grooves at a price point you can’t beat. Personally, I bought this for the extended mix of “Seein You” — a sample-heavy deep jam that pays homage to the sexier side of Detroit house. For me this one works well as an early evening warm up or an end of the night wind down…and always gets a reaction. My runner up cut on the flip side is the Whatever/Whatever remix of “NY So Hi,” an infectious bass-driven track with a hint of jack and a catchy vocal loop. Equally as versatile, this cut has worked well for me mid-set or as a starting point for changing sonic directions. Lastly, giving a nod to New York’s iconic 99 Records, Escobar hits us with his edit of ESG’s timeless cult classic in “Red Hot (Moody Mix).”
Though this is a limited vinyl-only release you should still be able to find it in most shops and as a U.S. pressing it should be relatively inexpensive stateside. This one won’t be leaving my bag any time soon – tip.
Wax Runoff is a weekly feature that will showcase new finds and crate favorites. Colin Boardway is a Chicago-based DJ who has been collecting wax and enveloping himself into the city’s house and techno scene.