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Visions (Purple Disco Machine remix) - (6:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tension (Eli Escobar remix) - (5:26) 124 BPM
   
NY So Hi (Whatever/Whatever remix) - (7:28) 117 BPM
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Review: Some two years on from the album's original release, Night People serve up a fresh set of remixes of cuts from Eli Escobar's debut set, Up All Night. There's much to admire, with hyped disco/house fusionists Purple Disco Machine, in particular, impressing with their version of "Visions". A rolling deep house/disco fusion full of springy live bass, crispy beats and jammed-out organ riffs, it's just the thing to keep the party going when dancers are flagging. Escobar's own tweak of "Tension" - featuring vocal samples from a mid '80s Boyd Jarvis and Timmy Regisford production - is a late night, Italo throbber, while Whatever/Whatever join the dots between a myriad of classic NYC dance music styles on their acid-flecked, early morning rub of "NY So Hi".
NP 106
25 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Body Muzik (original mix) - (4:15) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tonight (Club mix) - (6:13) 126 BPM
Review: Manhattan veteran Eli Escobar can usually be relied upon to deliver the goods, so we were naturally not that surprised to find that his latest single once again hits the spot. Lead cut "Body Muzik" sees him pay tribute to the electronic body music era of the 1980s, New York style. That means a thrusting, mind-altering mixture of Nitzer Ebb style bass, sweaty beats, spiralling electronic noises and short stabs that sound like they were inspired by NYC freestyle. "Tonight (Club Mix)" takes a different approach, with Escobar mixing up jazzy breaks, stomping house beats, jacking drum machine fills, restless New Jersey organ riffs, crystalline chords and savagely cut-up old school vocal samples. It's as ear-pleasing as it is effective.
NP 110
24 Apr 20
Deep House
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(All Night) Rhythm - (5:40) 126 BPM
Review: Keeping it simple is the name of the game on this latest from New York house wunderkind Escobar. It's a single-track affair, for starters - so none of those pesky remixes to worry about - while the track itself is a looping affair centred around a female "the rhythm, addicted to the rhythm" vocal that plays almost constantly, underpinned by a nagging synth riff that nods to classic-style Detroit techno. Various other vocal snips and ever-shifting drum patterns help to maintain the interest, but this is nevertheless an eyes-down, locked-in-the-groove kinda cut built to keep warmed-up floors moving through those peaktime hours.
NP 109S 1
08 Nov 19
Deep House
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Intro - (0:35) 157 BPM
   
Flashing Lights - (6:34) 124 BPM
   
Interlude 1 - (2:04) 100 BPM
   
(All Night) Rhythm - (5:40) 126 BPM
   
Last Night - (5:45) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tonight (Boy) - (5:58) 126 BPM
   
Interlude 2 - (0:45) 136 BPM
   
Blu (Holdin' On) - (4:50) 55 BPM
   
Sensation - (5:50) 122 BPM
   
Interlude 3 - (0:51) 127 BPM
   
Get Over (Reprise) - (3:29) 114 BPM
NP 109B
15 Nov 19
Funky/Club House
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Zombieland - (2:29) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dreams - (2:02) 85 BPM
   
Socalled - (2:07) 65 BPM
   
Crimepayz - (2:36) 61 BPM
   
Streetwalker - (1:54) 84 BPM
   
Problemchild - (2:23) 80 BPM
   
Kids - (1:57) 89 BPM
   
Treatemright - (2:06) 115 BPM
   
Beatz2tharime - (1:34) 97 BPM
   
Newyorknewyork! - (2:40) 88 BPM
   
GetThruit - (1:54) 69 BPM
Review: US house cronie Eli Escobar keeps the musical coffers full of tunes over at Night People NYC with some quickfire freshness. Still hot from his Last Summer LP, this New York city proud release is peppered with soundbites from the big apple, be they interviews from the studio or sound bites from the street which are weaved between sensual electro-soul numbers like "Treatemright" or the '80s inspired neo-R&B of "Dreams". There's poetry and gospel to be found in "GetThruit" next to some dusty instrumental hip hop vibes in "Zombieland" or the crackled out, melancholic urbana beats of "Crimepayz". Find a splash of ambient house in "Streetwalker" and "Problemchild" with good time vibes and atmospheres in "Kids" to some old school hip house sentiments and breakbeats in "Beatz2tharime". A record inspired by jazz, new york city, and its people.
NP 112
18 Dec 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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LuvISalright - (2:36) 86 BPM
   
LifeGOESon - (2:02) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Eli Escobar has always tended towards the prolific, but during the ongoing global pandemic he seems to have upped his work rate even further. In the last four months alone he's released a full-length excursion, There Are Ghosts Everywhere in New York City, a mini-album, Night Class, and now this two-track single. Interestingly, he's on a more atmospheric, tactile and downtempo tip this time round, with opener 'LuvISalright' wrapping eyes-closed '80s soul vocal samples, dreamy chords and twinkling lead lines around a gentle, hip-hop tempo groove. It's utterly delicious and hugely attractive. 'LifeGoesOn', which is the kind of glassy-eyed chunk of huggable dreaminess that should be sound-tracking long, languid sunrise, is similarly deep, loopy and sumptuous.
NP 113S1
12 Mar 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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LifeGOESon - (2:02) 82 BPM
   
SoundzOFsilence - (2:28) 83 BPM
   
BackinTheday - (2:06) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
MarchinON - (2:18) 87 BPM
   
LitesWENTout - (2:31) 76 BPM
   
MYmelodie - (2:38) 90 BPM
   
Sleep - (2:01) 83 BPM
   
LuvISalright - (2:36) 86 BPM
   
Hypnotik - (1:58) 97 BPM
   
Anonymous - (1:44) 77 BPM
   
ALUVpoem - (1:58) 84 BPM
Review: Breaking through in 2017 thanks to a stream of records and long players for Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic label, the New York Eli Escobar artist scratches up his first release of 2021 with a follow up LP to last year's Last Summer album. Lullabies For A Sleeping City, then, brings with it a radiophonic, sample heavy and funk fusion influence of lo-fi field recordings, dusty hip hop drums, woozy synth lines, rhodes and pads to slow mo grooves and broken beat drums that strapped and packaged with the vibe of a balmy night's setting sun. Don't sleep.
NP 113
26 Mar 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Blue Magic - (7:43) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Give Love - (6:49) 123 BPM
   
Night Class - (5:36) 125 BPM
   
This Is Not Going To Be An Ambient Track - (5:44) 124 BPM
   
What You Said - (5:24) 125 BPM
Review: Last autumn, Eli Escobar delivered a swathe of rather good single-track salvos. It's these that have been gathered together on Night Class, a five-track mini-album that showcases the increasing musical diversity of his dancefloor-focused sound. That much is proved by the first two tracks, where the bold, beautiful, vintage-sounding synths and throbbing bottom-end of 'Blue Magic' is followed by the glassy-eyed, nu disco-tinged piano house bliss of 'Give Love'. Escobar's increasing use of late 1970s and early '80s synth sounds continues on 'Night Class', while 'This Is Not Going To Be An Ambient Track' sits somewhere between revivalist Chicago jack and slow-burn deep house warmth. As for closing cut 'What You Said', it's pleasingly crunchy, foreboding and sweaty.
NP 111
08 Feb 21
Deep House
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The Formula - (7:34) 124 BPM
   
Visions - (2:35) 116 BPM
   
NY So Hi - (6:04) 122 BPM
   
Seein You - (5:34) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Away - (6:39) 122 BPM
   
Thank You Les - (6:50) 125 BPM
   
Sweet Love - (4:20) 119 BPM
   
Up All Night - (6:22) 120 BPM
   
Get Over - (1:45) 105 BPM
   
Makes Me Feel - (5:47) 124 BPM
   
Tension - (6:29) 124 BPM
Review: As Eli Escobar let's it be known in "The Formula" that he's 'got something for you' as the sweet chorale chimes. There's a subtle Osunlade vibe to this album, the American's first, and Rhodes be flaying on "Visions" as they vamp to a climax like a Bootsy Collins solo. It's all stripped back business of "NY So Hi" - get down to this! And for some quality, sustained loops check out "Thank You Les". "Up All Night" is a dubbed-out, cool-as, disco-tinged burner and there's a whole load to discover here in a debut album rich with the type of soul you can only get from the streets of the big apple.
NP-101D
02 Jun 15
Deep House
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Sweet Love - (4:20) 119 BPM
   
Sweet Love (Kim Ann Foxman remix) - (6:50) 123 BPM
   
Sweet Love (The Carry Nation remix) - (5:28) 125 BPM
   
NY So Hi - (6:04) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
NP- 102
18 Nov 14
Electro House
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Only God Can Save Me - (8:38) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Is On The Brain - (7:56) 121 BPM
Review: Shawn Reed's Night People label is an outpost of quirkiness (they release tunes on retro formats like cassettes) out in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Responsible for bringing us all styles underground dancefloor action, they now give us a two tracker heavy hitter of a single from International PowerliftingFederation. "Only God Can Save Me' is a deeply intense slice of stark, jackin', no-nonsense electro. The second jam on here, "Love Is One The Brain", is a much calmer affair - with all the silky smooth warmth of a late 80s warehouse rave at sunrise
NP-108D
14 Jul 17
Deep House
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Tribute To L - (5:58) 120 BPM
   
No One Man Owns House - (5:37) 127 BPM
   
Tribute To (Eli Escobar remix) - (7:15) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tribute To L (Eli's Beatapella) - (5:12) 120 BPM
NP 105D
01 Jul 16
Deep House
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