The 9 Best Eli Escobar Vinyl Records You Need To Hear Right Now
Eli Escobar is a New York City legend who has built his career over the past decade hosting the hottest parties in the Big Apple and nurturing the city’s vibrant talent pool.
He built his sound on a diverse taste that is the culmination of all his musical influences; moving from hip-hop to dance and electro.
With refined taste and a professional ear, we at Magnetic Magazine were proud to invite him to curate this month’s top hottest and most gripping vinyl releases that you must hear this month.
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But before we dive into the rankings, be sure to check out Eli’s long list of upcoming gigs, as he’s arguably New York’s most sought-after DJ.
The best vinyl records you need to hear this month
Chic – I want your love
This first disc is a pink disc which is super cool as an accompaniment. The reason I start with that is because I’m a DJ who discovered electronic music through disco, which for DJs in my age group is a bit unusual I think.
I feel like a lot of people start with house or techno and when they’re interested then go back and find their roots. I first fell in love with disco.
When I was a kid my mom, uncle, aunt and grandma used to do a summer share on Fire Island for two weeks out of summer and I remember hearing “I wanna your love” on the beach when I was crazy young – 4/5 years old. It stuck in my head and I still have vivid memories of it.
I still love the song so much, it’s unique because it’s quite sad but it dies out when you play it at a party because of Nile Rogers’ standard guitar which is quite upbeat. It’s one of the greatest records ever made and I love it and still play it all the time.
Alice Smith – Love Endeavor (Maurice Fulton Remix)
It’s a promo only and also one of the great remixes of the last 20 years in my opinion. Maurice Fulton is such a singular talent. He has the most unique sound, he is so prolific and never comes out with anything bad.
This remix is just awesome.
He builds and builds and builds and then finally his amazing chorus comes along and he takes it apart using parts of his voice that you would hardly notice in the original version.
It’s exactly the perfect remix and everything a remix can be up to elevating and transforming a song into something completely different.
AshFord and Simpson – One more try
This is a promo only 12 inches.
I’ve always liked this record, it’s really warm and beautiful and a bit jazzy. A bit different from the disco AshFord and Simpson would do after that for themselves and Diana Ross. It’s more melancholy but there’s a super sick break in the middle.
It reminds me of the very early days of buying records on the internet. I bid on it on eBay and it was an intense fierce battle I got into with another person because the record is so rare and hard to find.
This was before Discogs and even before you could set the price on eBay. But I won it and I was really proud of myself for winning it!
It’s just a beautiful record with a super warm mid 70s sound that I love.
Razormaid Mix – A2
I’m a huge collector of the Razormaid series and this is my absolute favorite. It has really cool packaging and the discs are yellow; there’s also this pretty cool arty situation with the cover.
The song here that I love is called ‘Hassan’ by artist Fatima. It’s a very mysterious record, it’s never been released on any other format and as far as I know, it’s only really been played in Chicago in a few clubs like Medusa’s.
I discovered it in the 2000s when I started collecting Razormaids.
It’s kind of a sad song, I really like sad songs in case you haven’t noticed and its synth pop genre has the best vocal melody. It’s one of those records that I find if I play and people feel familiar with it, it really resonates with them and loves to dance to it.
Eli Escobar – Up All Night
Ok, it’s a bit of a concession, but the next record I’m going to choose is my first full album, Up All Night, which I released on my own label Night People NYC.
This record was just a labor of love as it was a bunch of tracks, I had only dragged around for some reason that I didn’t think made sense as singles, but worked together as an album.
My friend Woody made the cover which was a comic book insert and it ended up working out really well for me. It was the most successful thing I’ve ever released up to that time and people always tell me it’s their favorite and they like a lot of songs on it.
I feel good about this album, I can look back on it and it brings back tons of memories. I’m happy with the music in it. It’s pretty hard to find these days and it’s quite expensive on Discogs so maybe one day I’ll do a reissue.
Madonna – Borderline
The next record I choose is really special to me. It’s been a few years ahead and this particular record I have is a 45 and the cover opens with a poster.
This record is really special to me for two reasons, one the song itself reminds me of being a kid in New York and being pretty obsessed with pop music and dance music and rap and new wave and synth pop and Madonna in particular.
Also, this particular physical copy is important to me because my friend Justin Strauss gave it to me as a gift at a really sad time in my life, when I had just lost one of my best friends to cancer. .
He came to visit me to see me and brought me this as a gift and it meant the world to me, so I love this record so much for that. When I see him it makes me think of my friend who passed away and Justin and how generous he is as a person.
Ron Hardy – Music Box Classics Volume 3
For me this is the ultimate bootleg disco editing disc. It’s First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Us Under” and its editing is the blueprint for house music as we know it.
Just take a little section of the record and repeat and pound it until you can’t take it anymore, then let it play and it gives off that huge output when it finally plays.
It comforts me that he is the greatest of all time and I really cherish this record. In fact, I feel like I have to buy another one because I’ve played it so much it’s starting to sound pretty bad.
Sylvester – I need you
This version came out in the 80s. It’s a white record and there’s a really nice picture of him in the middle.
It’s another record I had before Discogs and something I’ve never come across. I knew it existed but I could never find it and when I did, the explosion of excitement I felt just to be able to hold it after hearing about it and being able to call it the mine was the biggest rush. I still think about it when I watch it and it’s still very special to me.
It’s also my favorite Sylvester song and one of my favorite period songs. It just has the most beautiful piano, melody and background vocals. It’s probably the record I play the most at the end of a night if I really feel it.
Diana Ross – Once in the Morning
My final pick is this. It was only released in Mexico on a 12 inch and no other exists.
It’s like a deep cut of Diano Ross for heads and it’s from the album, ‘The Boss’ that Ashford & Simpson wrote and produced, and I don’t know if I’d say it’s the best song from the album, but I think it’s my favorite. It feels so good and this 12 inch is pressed so hard.
I cherish this record and I’ve never seen it in my life. My copy is the only one I’ve ever seen so I feel very lucky to own it and it’s just the best song.
Since transitioning to producing his own original tracks and remixes over the past few years, his career has soared to new heights – landing remixes and collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Bag Raiders, Jessica 6, Dirty Vegas, Ali Love, Diplo, MIA, Britney Spears, Chromeo, Holy Spirit!, Pase Rock and Amanda Blank.
Stream Eli Escobar’s 2015 Debut Album Below