City Life

by Escort

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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. The announce via Rolling Stone includes the video for sparkling lead single and title track City Life (feat. Fonda Rae) ”We tried to put something together evoking the feeling of Fonda's records," Cho shares about collaborating with legendary vocalist Fonda Rae. "We were nervous to send it to her ”here's something that's inspired by you!, but she was totally into it. It was great."

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.

Escort is incorporating a leaner, meaner stage setup for the City Life live show. They're connecting more than ever with the beating heart that is dance music's communal pulse. "There's a difference between music you can dance to and dance music," Cho explains while discussing the band's current mission statement that City Life represents. "We try to strike a balance, you can nod your head to it and feel a dance-y groove, but there's a specific direction we're coming from too. This is live dance music, and we try to make stuff we can share to a live experience."

From the syncopated bass hits of the intro to "Ride"'s piano stabs and palm-muted 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.

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released April 12, 2019

Adeline – Lead Vocals (4, 5, 6) Additional Vocals (7)
Nicki B – Lead Vocals (2, 8) Additional Vocals (5, 6, 7)
Eugene Cho – Keyboards, Programming, & Percussion
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
JKriv – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards & Programming
(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jim Orso - Drums and percussion (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Bridget Barkan – Lead Vocals (3) Additional Vocals (2)
Fonda Rae – Featured Vocals (2)
Lone Ranger – Featured Vocals (5)
Karlie Bruce – Additional Vocals (2, 5, 6, 7)
Layla Davias – Additional Vocals (2, 5, 6, 7)
Rick Express – Additional Vocals (7)
Danny Hoch – Dispatch Vocals (1)
Susan Stewart Rubio – Additional Vocals (1)
Dave Sharma – Percussion (1, 4, 6, 7)
Mark Tewarson – Guitar (5)
Brian Jackson – Flute (7)
Nathan Warner – Trumpet (5)
Jon Natchez – Tenor Sax (5)
Dan Levine – Trombone (5)
Michael Leonhart – Trumpet, Flugelhorn (8)
Caleb Burhans – Violin & Viola (7, 9)
Mario Gotoh – Violin & Viola (7)
Morgan Wiley - Funky Clavinet (6)

Tracks 2, 6, 7 & 8 produced by E. Cho and JKriv
Track 4 produced by JKriv, E. Cho and Adeline
Tracks 1, 3, 5 & 9 produced by E. Cho

“One Draw” horn arrangement by Nathan Warner & Eugene Cho
“Fantasy” horn arrangement by JKriv
“Ride” string arrangement by Nathan Warner & Eugene Cho

Engineered by Morgan Wiley

Art direction and design – Eugene Cho
Photography – Dennis Manuel

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Escort Brooklyn, New York

ESCORT is big. Literally. Enjoying accolades ranging from the New York Times to Pitchfork, the “disco orchestra” features an incredible cast of musicians including founders/producers Gene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle.

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Track Name: Intro
Ocho quattro King Hudson y Varick va Para Myrtle y Clinton
King Hudson y Varick,
Cuatro nueve King Hudson que tiempo le damos 
Un minuto
Copia
Uno siete dos uno siete dos pick up pick up recoja, one seven two
Cuatro uno nueve West uno tres y Washington 
West one tres y Washington 
Va para Pacific y Rockaway 
Dos uno uno Copy
Five eight Flatbush Ditmas todavía esperando 
Cinco ocho copy que le digo
Uno siete dos time’s up
Tres cero oeste dos uno quinta y cesta
Va para Grand y Grah ham grand y Grah ham
Seis cinco copy seis cinco  vaya para West viente-y-Uno 
Uno siete dos hablamos más tarde 
Tres tres ocho Flushing Classon y Taaffe
Iendo para Berry y Norte tres
Doble siete copy (sniff sniff)
Fulton Lafayette y South Elliot 
Tiendo para Utica Eastern Parkway
Tres seis dos copy
Fulton Lafayette que número
Tres seis dos seis seis cero Fulton Frank’s Cocktail Lounge 
Cuatro Nueve King y Hudson, hay ocho pasajeros
Cuatro Nueve pon cinco atrás, tres adelante 
Ocho Cuatro King, Hudson y Varick va para Myrtle y Clinton
King Hudson Myrtle Clinton 
Uno uno cero copy
Cuatro nueve ya va otro chófer
Nueve Nueve Prince Mercer y Greene
va para Bushwick y Gates
Track Name: City Life
City life, city life
City life, city life

I don’t wanna sleep tonight
I wanna live that city life
Gimmie rhythm gimmie vice
I wanna live that city life

Its just the start, automatic runway to the stars
A frozen hour, got everything just right here where you are, where we are
Can’t stop the fire, fan it all to ashes, burn it down
Let’s turn it loud, bring em to the rapture with the sound
Burn it down
Burn it down
Burn it down down down

I don’t wanna sleep tonight
I wanna live that city life (Wanna live that city life)
Gimmie rhythm gimmie vice
I wanna live that city life

Ooh, I don’t wanna sleep, don’t wanna sleep tonight (city life)
I’m gonna live that city life (city life)
I don’t wanna sleep, don’t wanna sleep tonight (city life)
I’m gonna live that city life (city life)

Into the lights, everybody’s out for what they like
Feeling alright, on and on and on all through the night, for what we like
Into the storm, keep it going bright and burning short
Gimmie more, you wanna know which way were running towards
Gimmie more
Gimmie more
Gimmie more more more

I don’t wanna sleep tonight (Don’t wanna sleep tonight)
I wanna live that city life (Wanna live that city life)
Gimmie rhythm gimmie vice (Gimmie rhythym give me vice)
I wanna live that city life (Wanna live that cit-cit-city life)
I don’t wanna sleep tonight (ah ho oh oh oh oh)
I wanna live that city life (Wanna live that city live)
Gimmie rhythm gimmie vice (Gi-gi-gimmie rhythm gimmie vice)
I wanna live that city life (Now I want a city life)

I don’t wanna sleep, don’t wanna sleep tonight (city life)
I’m gonna live that city life (city life)
I don’t wanna sleep, don’t wanna sleep tonight (city life)
I’m gonna live that city life (city life)
Track Name: Outta My Head
Joined on the front line was I your ally
Red on the inside covering my lies
Reaching up with the high tide standing by your side
They won’t ever see why i’s written in your eyes

Hope can break your heart in two you never saw the sign
And you love to simplify the truth you're like no friend of mine

Get outta my head you don’t understand
Its outta my outta my outta my hands
Get outta my head the wolf and lamb
It wasn’t my wasn’t my wasn’t my plan

Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha
Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha

The darkest illusion gimmie the moonlight
Behind the confusion everything’s alright
Don’t need a reason don’t need to know why, ahh
Going out with the season don’t need a goodbye

Hope can break your heart in two you never saw the sign
And you love to simplify the truth you're like no friend of mine

Get outta my head you don’t understand
Its outta my outta my outta my hands
Get outta my head the wolf and lamb
It wasn’t my wasn’t my wasn’t my plan

Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha
Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha
Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha
Ha ah ah ah, ha ah ah ah
Ha ah ah ah ah aha
Track Name: Slide
What you wanna tonight, are you Lit up right 
Feel neon bright, ah
Trying to leave here tonight, with something on my side
I see what I like, ah ah

Know I got a soft spot, wor everything you are
I can't let you slide, ah
Baby don’t be mad, you know I kick a good rap
And I know what I like

Fall into me now, no parachute
I see now, you feel it too
You're what I need now, no substitute
Fall into me now, you need it too

I’m so loose and now I can't get enough
Listen it’s the feeling telling you yes 
I’m so loose and now I can't get enough
Listen it’s the feeling

What I came for tonight, is by the exit sign
Cause you caught my eye, ah
What I'm gonna do now, I’m letting you decide
It’s a quarter to light, ah ah

I don't wanna move on, don't want you in my phone
It's gotta be tonight, ah
We got nothing to lose, wanna make this move
Cuz i know what I like, ah ah

Fall into me now, no parachute
I see now, you feel it too
You're what I need now, no substitute
Fall into me now, you need it too

I’m so loose and now I can't get enough
Listen it’s the feeling telling you yes 

I’m so loose and now I can't get enough
Listen it’s the feeling

Fall into me now, no parachute
I see now, you feel it too
You're what I need now, no substitute
Fall into me now, you need it too

Fall into me now, no parachute
I see now, you feel it too
You're what I need now, no substitute
Fall into me now, you need it too
Track Name: One Draw
Lone Ranger and the Escort band pon the beat
Gimmie the strong ganja, the one ya sweeter right
Dong dong dong dong dong dong dong dong
Slong dong slong dong slong dong dong dong
Risenting lemon kush we no smoke bush
We no fraid better grade, tell about it

I want to get high so high (Boom)
I want to get high so high (How ya been)
I want to get high so high
I want to get high so high
One draw one draw
One draw one draw (Hear me now right)

Hear what I say and don’t feel no way
The strong strong ganja make me ire
When me want to easy back when me wan feel relaxed
Gimmie lick a sis and gimmie some of what you got
Me no wanna thinky thinky me no wanna peow peow
The strong strong draw a dot a wear me wow
So when me day a wrote upon me corner
Me want me permit to smoke the marijuana

Even if I spliff me have to have it
And bend me reggae me go draw from me chalice
Me and marijuana never in a malice
Peter Tosh come lick it in a Buckingham palace
Mr. Narcotic he got lock up in office
Writing out the mezz miss a want me a go slopic
Coming from the tropics this a hot hot topic
Talking to republicans and the democratic
To the aristocratic and the theocratic

I want to get high so high (Higher than high)
I want to get high so high (Wow)
I want to get high so high high high (Flames)
I want to get high so high
One draw one draw (The good draw yah yah)
One draw one draw

How you lick up a chalwa (Blow)
How you lick up a chalwa
Say with your mouth and your nose your mouth and your nose
Inhale exhale make the smoke explode
You let go the smoke through your nose, you let go the smoke through your nose
But if you gaze up it will go through your ears and not no liar if it flies through your eyes
You drop on your back and you look up my disguise the joker smoker disqualified
Hope ya manage it don’t even try but guess if they want me hear the old world a cry

Hey hey hey hey gimmie some of your sensi
Hey hey hey hey gimmie some of your sensi (Flush it, mash it, watch it)
Hey hey hey hey gimmie some of your sensi (drop it, gas it, gep it)
Hey hey hey hey gimmie some of your sensi (Lick it, mat it, pus it, cricket, lick it, football kick it)

Higher than high
Oink
We don’t smoke bush
To the mark and soul Escort at the control to make the good time roll right

I’m feelin high so high (Big deal)
I’m feelin high so high (Pass me the kush)
I’m feelin high so high (We no speak bush, nah)
I’m feelin high so high (Flame on the sound to lead the way)

One draw one draw (Ribbit)
One draw one draw (And you live longer)
Track Name: Josephine
In my panorama, feathers and bananas, ahah
Bonjour comment ça va, ooh la la ooh la la, ahah ahah

I'm the venus in bronze, with the world at my feet
Parrots, leopards and gold, furs and white satin sheets
Anything that I want, anything that I need
Luscious and bittersweet

I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine
I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine

Dancing all through the night, shining under the lights, ahah
Follow my rainbow tribe, we can go for ride, ahah ahah

I'm the queen of the ball, only pearl in the sea
I can marry them all, let them fight over me
Anything that I want, anything that I need
Luscious and bittersweet

I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine
I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine
(Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine) Josephine
(Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine) Josephine

I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine

I wanna break away
I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine

(Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine) Josephine
(Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine Josephine) Josephine

(Break away) I wanna break away
(Hear them say) I wanna hear them say
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Josephine Josephine Josephine
Track Name: Ride
We're gonna ride away into a perfect place
We're gonna ride away into a perfect place

Get up and fly
Get up and fly
Get up and fly away into a perfect place
Get up and fly away into a perfect place

Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it

Perfect place
Perfect place
Perfect place
Perfect place

We're gonna ride away into a perfect place
We're gonna ride away into a perfect place

Get up and fly
Get up and fly
Get up and fly away into a perfect place
Get up and fly away into a perfect place

Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it
Gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it, gonna get it

Perfect place
Perfect place
Perfect place
Perfect place
Track Name: Fantasy
Fantasy fantasy
Fantasy fantasy

Steppin’ out, living our fantasy
Sundown around the world, wherever we wanna be
Nothing to stop us now, all night in ecstasy
It’s time to turn it out, show me your fantasy

Fantasy, show me your fantasy (Show me your fantasy)
Fantasy, show me your fantasy (Show me your fantasy)

Fantasy fantasy
Fantasy fantasy

Steppin’ out, living our fantasy
Sundown around the world, wherever we wanna be
Nothing to stop us now, all night in ecstasy
It’s time to turn it out, show me your fantasy

Fantasy, show me your fantasy (Fantasy show me your fantasy)
Fantasy, show me your fantasy (Fantasy show me your fantasy)

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