Download Escort’s Not-Exactly-Retro-Disco Single “Cocaine Blues”


So NYC disco non-revivalists Escort — recall their Muppet-assisted clip for 2007’s “All Through the Night” — have returned with their own tense, swaggering version of “Cocaine Blues,” putting their own spin on the long-mutating track by “making the groove harder, adding more hooks, fleshing out the production with horns and strings, and putting an aggressive vocal that gives the song immediacy,” as member Eugene Cho explained to Nick Sylvester this week at, explaining both what’s retro about their sound and what isn’t. (No “bombs” in their set, for one thing.) The 12-inch is coming soon, but the free radio edit will certainly tide you over in the meantime:

Get it here, memorize the added hooks therein (“A knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork, that’s the way we spell New York”), and get down to Highline Ballroom next Friday night, September 24, with DJ sets by Rub-n-Tug and Mister Saturday Night. Flier below: