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Night People NYC is a label that’s been raising roofs in the Big Apple since 2014 with its sleek deep house and disco selections, rich with melody, funk and soul. Led by one of New York’s favourite house and disco evangelists Eli Escobar, Night People has spun out countless releases from Escobar himself, as well as originals and remixes from: Purple Disco Machine, Ricardo Baez, The Carry Nation and IPF.
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Still Searchin'
Do It Now - (5:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Slinky - (4:35) 128 BPM
I Miss Someone - (5:59) 123 BPM
Necromancer - (4:51) 125 BPM
Grab N Go - (4:58) 124 BPM
Review: Over the last couple of years, Eli Escobar has released all manner of musical treats, from instrumental hip-hop beat tapes to albums full of analogue rich, melody-driven synth jams. As fine as these surprise excursions were, it's his fully dancefloor-focused material that really gets the pulse racing. 'Still Searchin', his first EP of 2023, is full of proper peak-time material, from the jacking and deep dancefloor electro-funk of 'Do It Now' - crunchy and squelchy in equal measure - and the breathless, punk-funk-goes-deep house hustle of 'Slinky', to the classic NYC deep house flex of 'I Miss Someone' and the jacking-but-ghostly peak-time wonkiness of 'Grab N Go'.
NP 119
20 Jan 23
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Once I Was Young
Miami - (4:43) 57 BPM
Lullaby - (3:51) 63 BPM
Dryer - (4:01) 61 BPM
Dazzle - (2:10) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Green Eyes - (4:00) 60 BPM
Born Again - (2:10) 83 BPM
Did A DJ Ever Save Your Life - (4:01) 62 BPM
It Stopped Raining - (3:44) 108 BPM
The Walk - (2:52) 69 BPM
Seq 24 - (4:44) 62 BPM
Summer's Almost Gone - (1:51) 64 BPM
Review: Eli Escobar puts his own twist on house and disco. The New York-based DJ/producer has been active within his city's scene for the last two decades, as one third of the Tiki Disco parties, as well as running his own label Night People - which serves up his latest effort entitled Once I Was Young. It's a full-length affair, featuring a wide variety of moods and grooves across 11 great tracks. Whether it's the the neon-lit Italo dream of opener "Miami", the balearic sunset ambience of "Dazzle", the proto electro beats of "Green Eyes" or the underground techno sound of "Seq 24" - Escobar takes the best of golden era sounds to create club anthems for today.
NP 118
16 Sep 22
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Take Me
Take Me (feat Kim Anh) - (5:16) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Still Searching - (6:12) 127 BPM
Played by: DJ P-SOL
NP- 117
10 Jun 22
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01 - (0:34) 101 BPM
02 - (1:35) 78 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
03 - (1:40) 63 BPM
04 - (1:57) 80 BPM
05 - (2:16) 156 BPM
06 - (1:49) 83 BPM
07 - (1:37) 87 BPM
08 - (1:50) 99 BPM
09 - (1:20) 88 BPM
10 - (1:51) 86 BPM
11 - (0:30) 77 BPM
12 - (1:47) 74 BPM
13 - (2:08) 55 BPM
14 - (2:40) 52 BPM
15 - (1:11) 87 BPM
Review: Despite being called 3, this isn't Eli Escobar's third album, but rather his sixth. There's a definite 'no nonsense' feel to proceedings, with the popular and talented NYC producer choosing not to bother naming tracks (instead, they're simply numbered). What's on offer is of course quietly impressive, but very different to the dancefloor-igniting blends of house and disco we're used to hearing from Escobar. Instead, he's explored his love of hip-hop, dropping a mixtape style set of mostly short, instrumental hip-hop beats rich in hazy basslines, head-nodding beats, finely picked, chopped and arranged samples, and instrumental flourishes that variously doff a cap to soul, jazz-funk and deep disco. Blunted beats for fans of Guru, J Dilla and other greats of stoned instrumental hip-hop.
NP 116
04 Mar 22
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Just Work
Just Work - (5:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Typical Sax Song - (5:48) 123 BPM
Review: No single-track salvo from Eli Escobar this time round, but rather a two-track missive packed to the rafters with peak-time potential. Leading the charge is 'Just Work', a stomping but hypnotic affair in which sampled handclaps and blues vocal snippets work (sorry) together with looped stabs, cymbal-heavy machine drums and twinkling piano solos to create a heady late-night mood. 'Typical Sax Song' is a touch more laid-back but still energetic enough to get people going on the dancefloor, with Escobar adding woozy synths and hazy sax solos to a loose-limbed house beat and rubbery, delay-laden electronic bassline.
NP 115
05 Nov 21
Deep House
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String Loop
NP 114
25 Jun 21
Deep House
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Lullabies For A Sleeping City
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
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LuvISalright - (2:36) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
LifeGOESon - (2:02) 82 BPM
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
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Night Class
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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There Are Ghosts Everywhere In New York City
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
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Body Muzik
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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Last Summer
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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(All Night) Rhythm
(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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Only God Can Save Me
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
14 Jul 17
Deep House
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Tribute To L
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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Visions Remix
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
Played by: BRENDON P
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
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Up All Night
The Formula - (7:34) 124 BPM
Visions - (2:35) 116 BPM
Eli Escobar, Lula & Eddie Cumana - "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.
02 Jun 15
Deep House
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Sweet Love
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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