Escort, “If You Say So”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.24.14 in Listen to This

These are Escort‘s good times. The detail-sweating Brooklyn disco revisionists were outliers even when they released their first mid-’00s singles, going for full-fledged, instrument-based (no samples) recreations of that Paradise Garage-era spirit when others mixed their disco with post-punk, Italo or house. The group, which numbers more than 10 musicians in its live incarnations, released debut album Escort at the tail end of 2011, too early for last year’s disco-pop boom embodied in Daft Punk‘s work with Nile Rodgers; London’s Kindness sampled their “All Through the Night” for his 2012 album, World, You Need a Change of Mind.

Escort returned last year in typical form, admonishing listeners to “bang your drum” on the thumping “Barbarians,” and now they’ve confirmed their continued place as meticulous practitioners of lithely catchy neo-disco with “If You Say So.” The thrill of novelty may be gone, but with co-writer MNDR (Kylie Minogue) they’ve concocted a bubbly ode to staying power that never outlasts its welcome. “Say it isn’t over,” lead singer Adeline Michèle commands. If the B-side of this single, due out October 21 via Escort Records, lives up to its billing — it’s to be a Michèle-fronted house cover of St. Vincent‘s “Actor Out of Work” (from 2011′s Actor) — crate-diggers will truly get lucky.

Co-founded by Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, Escort will perform at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on November 22.