His latest output, a sampler from his upcoming All Night long-player for the Plant Music label, is a solid affair, with its four tracks revealing slightly different facets of the Escobar sound. The title track starts off with a syncopated kick drum and warm synth line à la Abacus' 1996 cut "Phases," and layers on a chirpy, lightly-funkified vocal sample, an arpeggiated bassline, electro-style handclaps and—finally—a bit of ecstatic piano-house release.
Things get deeper on "Makes Me Feel," basically a straight-ahead groove not unlike Josh Wink's "Stay Out All Night" (complete with subdued organ line), but with a touch of tremulous vocals, congas, horns and, gently floating above it all, a heavenly synth-string line. "Get on Down," as you might guess, is the disco tune of the bunch, its sonic bed comprised of a bar or two from an oft-pilfered late-'70s number and a woman imploring us to (you guessed it) get on down. The closer, "TFG," could be a Trax release from 1987, with its acid bassline, modulated percussion and "too far gone" vocal bit. Is it retro? Surely. Just to hammer home that point, Plant's made it a vinyl-only release. Is it derivative? Sure, a bit—those seeking an envelope-pushing experience should probably look elsewhere. But the real question is, is it fun? Undoubtedly.