If you’ve followed this site over the past couple of years, you’ve likely come across several posts on the New York-based 17 member ensemble of Escort and on their role in a movement towards a much more dynamic electronic dance music movement that employs the use of analog instrumentation, among other things. And since the act’s formation by producers and composers Eugene Cho and Eugene Balls, the group has been critically praised across both the blogosphere and major media outlets for their modern take on 70s funk and disco.
“If You Say So,” the band’s latest single is a late period disco track with cascading and twinkling synths, four on the floor drums, Nile Rodgers-styled rhythm guitar, throbbing bass and a slinky and sensual feel. And in some way, it shouldn’t be surprising that the song resembles a hyper-sexed version of Hall and Oates “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”
Of course, interestingly enough, the song has been remixed and reworked by a number of DJs since it’s release. Morgan Geist’s remix retained the layers of cascading synths; however, his remix turns the song into the sort of freestyle/house music track you may have heard on Hot 97 back in 1988. Four-on-the-floor drums were replaced with much subtler percussion in the form of what sounds like cowbell and conga drum and the bass line was replaced by additional layers of synth.
Rance Muhammitz’s remix, which is to my knowledge, the most recent remix feels and sounds more like a subtler rework as the original song’s elements are still retained – the cascading and twinkling synths, four on the floor drums, Nile Rodgers-styled rhythm guitar, throbbing bass and a slinky and sensual feel. However, the song feels much more muscular – the drums, synths and bass have an increasingly visceral punch. The groove is gently teased out, which gives the song a bit more breathing room. And although subtle, the remix reveals the song’s initial slick production values and finely crafted nature without losing its sensuality or soul.