By: Sean Hanna
Last Saturday was the release party for Eli Escobar’s Seeing You, 12-inch EP via Night People NYC. The first release since last year’s Up All Night album, this vinyl-only release includes 4 tracks with an extended mix of “Seeing You”, a Moody remix of “Red Hot” and a Whatever/Whatever remix of “NY So HI.”
Eli has been throwing parties around the city with his friends for years and his Tiki Disco parties are taking over the outdoor summer dance scene, so it makes sense this vinyl EP is a literal love letter to New York. With standout tracks like “Seeing You” that hum with defiant background chatter of the club against soaring vocals and “NY So Hi (Whatever Whatever Remix)” that slowly builds in momentum and unabashedly commands you to move.
This EP transports you to the underground scene from days past but still manages to feel fresh. It felt appropriate that the release party was held at the Black Flamingo. A recent addition to the club scene in Williamsburg, Black Flamingo is a retro intimate space that looks and feels like a champagne room straight out of 1970’s Miami Beach. Don’t let the aesthetics fool you, this place was designed to focus on the music. The honeycomb wooden covered basement club downstairs was the perfect setting for Eli and friends (including Blue Jemz, Armando Alexander and Justin Strauss/Whatever Whatever) to spin records late into the night and to demonstrate that NYC is still the forefront of the club scene.
You can catch Eli playing around the city with regular spots at Le Bain or his Tiki Disco parties, he also has a weekly radio show on Klangbox FM. Seeing You is available at all good record stores.