Mezzanine Presents SUNDAY SUNDOWN DISCO with
MAGIC TOUCH, Derek Opperman, Hosted by Terry T
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
ESCORT is big. Literally. Enjoying accolades ranging from the New York Times to Pitchfork, the "disco orchestra" features an incredible cast of musicians including founders/producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and fronted by lead singer Adeline Michle. The band performs in a variety of powerful party line-ups, ranging from a core 5-piece (with Adeline on bass) to a 17-member extravaganza.
Escort burst on to the scene in 2006 with a string of critically acclaimed 12"s that included future classics "Starlight" and "All Through The Night", both DJ staples that get still get plenty of play on dancefloors. As DJs nursed their electro-clash hangover with a seemingly never ending stream of disco edits, Escort stood out, in part, by creating dance music the old fashioned way: with impeccable production, musicianship, and songwriting.
The following several years saw them bring the same uncompromising approach to their live show. In an era where dance music is dominated by samples and computers, Escort took a sprawling ensemble to the stage and developed a reputation as one of New York's most compelling live acts, capable of performing their elaborate recordings note for note. Late last year, Escort released their first taste of the new record: "Cocaine Blues", a loose reinterpretation of the 1976 Dillinger classic that received rave reviews and quickly became an underground sensation, building even more anticipation for what's to come.
Escort's long awaited self-titled debut LP was released January 31, 2012. The entire album is steeped in the venerable tradition of clubland's holy trinity - New York, Chicago, and Detroit - but it seems particularly reminiscent of mutant-pop luminaries such as Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Ian Dury, who somehow managed to translate their sardonic sensibilities to the dance-floor. And by embracing the legacy of these forward-thinking but classic acts, they have yet managed to create something strikingly new.
The LP's opener "Chameleon" is a perfect example: a three-act play about the French serial impostor Frederic Bourdin, set to a beat that's equal parts Thriller and the Tom Tom Club. The tracks, "Make Me Over" and "Why oh Why" seem to explore the lost possibilities of another era, rather than simply trying to re-create it. The 1937 standard "A Sailboat in the Moonlight" is twisted into a lost August Darnell classic. The album also includes the definitive versions of their 12" DJ releases - which have been remixed, remastered, rearranged, and re-recorded specially for the LP - to complete an album with absolutely no filler.
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears recently described Escort as the "best disco you've ever heard." He just might be right.
Damon Palermo has been making adventurous house and disco music under the moniker Magic Touch since August 2011. In a short time the producer/DJ has amassed an impressive following and several well-received releases, kicking off with the critically-lauded 100% Silk release "I Can Feel The Heat," which was a recommended release of the week at Boomkat and made 20JazzFunkGreats Best of 2011 list. More recently he released a split 12″ with close collaborator Ital.
Magic Touch live sets mix the psychedelic ethos of San Francisco with the house movements of Chicago, Detroit and smatters the whole thing with a solid nod to the UK rave underground. In demand at festivals including Sonar, Unsound and CTM, as well as a recent tour of Japan and South Korea, Magic Touch is also traveling the world DJing at places like Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar, Lux Frágil, and Dommune in Tokyo. Back home in America, Magic Touch just finished a 13-date joint North American tour with Laurel Halo, Ital, and M.Geddes Gengras.
Recently Magic Touch collaborated with Japanese producer Sapphire Slows for an EP coming out December 11th on 100% Silk. Early 2013 sees the release of a new Magic Touch track on the Derrick May & Jimmy Edgar We Love…Detroit compilation. The producer is also working on a number of yet to be announced projects for 2013, in addition to an extensive multi-continental tour.