New York-based neo-disco/electronic dance music/funk collective Escort have been mainstays on this site, since its inception 5 years ago. And over the course of that period, the collective founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balls featuring frontwoman and bassist, Adeline Michele as members of a core group of five that frequently expands to a huge ensemble with 17 members for live shows have seen their profile expand nationally with the release of several critically acclaimed singles and their self-titled, full-length debut. Unsurprisingly, their full-length debut effort, cemented the act’s reputation for being one of New York’s best live dance and funk acts — with Adeline Michele being praised from blogs and publications calling her a certified star.
After releasing a nubmer of singles over the last few years, Escort released their long-awaited sophomore effort, Animal Nature through the group’s own label, Escort Records on October 30. The album’s third and latest single “My Life” sounds as though it were drawing influence from Chic’s “Good Times“, Phil Collins‘ “Ssussudio,” Kool and the Gang‘s “Celebration,” and mid 70s disco as twinkling synths, swirling electronics, a sinuous bass line, big blasts of horn, and propulsive four-on-the-floor drum and angular Nile Rodgers-like guitar paired with Adeline Michele’s incredibly sensual and soulful vocals in a joyous, party anthem that simply says to the listener “forget your cares for a bit, buy a drink, shake your ass and throw your arms up to heaven ’cause life is so very short!”
The recently released official video however, is not just fun but it also has a positive feminist message that adds meaning to a song that would normally be interpreted as just a party song. The video follows several strong, beautiful little girls singing along to the song, including one girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to Escort’s frontwoman. But seeing these little girls sing the chorus “I can live my life/my life . . .” just gives the song a “you can go out and there do, girl” feeling that’s infectious.