Escort (DJ set), J Kriv, Kid Color, Tim Zawanda | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Escort (DJ set), J Kriv, Kid Color, Tim Zawanda 

When: Fri., June 1, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $13, $10 before midnight
There's something refreshingly pure about Escort's unabashed desire to please its audience—an attitude that, like this disco group's marriage of airy pop-soul melodies and deep, syncopated grooves, recalls fellow New Yorkers the Salsoul Orchestra, who during the 70s were one of the most crowd-pleasing acts in a scene devoted entirely to pleasure. And the gentlemen and ladies of Escort get plenty unabashed. "Caméleon Chameleon," the opening track from their self-titled debut full-length (released in January on the group's label, also called Escort), leads off with a bit of bubbly synth that for a second you'd swear was the intro to Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love." "Cocaine Blues" interpolates Dillinger's "Cocaine in My Brain," replacing its famous paranoia with something closer to euphoria (and adding the kinda-cute line "A chick in the car and the car won't go / That's how we spell Chicago"). The group's onstage incarnation can swell to 17 members, but this is a DJ set featuring founding members Dan Balis and Eugene Cho. With any luck they'll come back soon with the rest of the gang. —Miles Raymer J Kriv, Kid Color, and Tim Zawada open.

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