Just ahead of the digital release of Eli Escobar’s typically wonderful album 2018 is no doubt set to surprise us all. What’s perhaps most rewarding of all here, apart from the sheer quality of the music, is the range and depth with which Eli Escobar explores avenues of sound. Whether that’s the downtempo echoes which charge the poignantly titled, Interlude (American Sorrow) or the crazy ambience generated via The people Intro, through to the life-affirming Body and Soul this is music to inspire you to celebrate life (up’s and downs). The fiery Handz Up resplendent with a ‘z’ tears up the dancefloor with a blaze of syncopated urgency (hear below), contrasted by the beautiful chords which adorn Goin’ On? proving that there’s much more to be said about the soulful qualities engaged than perhaps thought. An excellent album from start to finish. Almost a classic if you were judging this as a full-length player (like in times past) telling a story of experiences and a city life lived in all its abundance.
Vinyl release date: 03 November 2017
Digital release date: 19 January 2018
Welcome to Magazine Sixty Severino. Can you begin by telling us about how and where you first got into Dance music and about which DJ’s you initially admired?
I was very young (7) when discovering my sisters records got into them
Love the vinyl’s and playing them for their house parties
An Italian DJ called Moreno was a huge inspiration
With of course Baldelli etc.. it was 1982 when I discovered them
I was 12 years old
Your new single: Smoking featuring Princess Magnifique is out on Classic Music Company. How did you meet the labels’ founder Luke Solomon, and come in contact with New York’s Princess Magnifique?
When I used to buy promos from Ideal distribution for an Italian shop called Disco Inn I met Jonny Rokk and Classic people
Used to love Luke and Kenny sets at Bar Rhumba on wed and Plastic People fridays with Rob Mello too
Princess Magnifique thru friends in NY
He was dancing at DJ SPUN party where i played few years ago
Where did the idea come from for the track and can you talk us through how you produced it (including any favourite pieces of software/ hardware you like to use)?
I made at Andy (Yam Who)studio
Know him for long time
Little tiny sample idea in there
But just inspiration
Then Luke help to adjust few parts
Horse Meat Disco must been one of the UK’s longest running nights. What do you put its success down to?
We still having fun
Make people happy and dance and kids to discovered disco
They are our fav when we DJ
Students full of energy
How would you describe the current state of House Music in 2017? Do you feel too much of the music is looking back to using older sounds and ideas, or does the passage of time not diminish its impact?
Its pretty cool the way the used old ideas but i love also new different kind of music ..not only House
Theres lots of talents out there
Maybe at the mo too many average labels putting out too much music
What are your plans for the year in terms of production and remixing?
Few remixing for sure and def need more music
But same time busy DJ’ing and travels
But its all good
As a London resident since 1997 how would you say the Capital’s nightlife has changed over the years to where it is now? Do you think there will come a time when the internet takes over and there will be less need for nightclubs to meet people and hear music in?
Well u just say
Need to see in the future
Looks like few kids out there are into but not too much
Difficult to say tho
I was wondering how you feel about the strength of song writing in Dance music currently given that previous generations and Disco especially celebrated it so much?
Because it was and still happy and positive
At some point we need that in our life
A bit dark out there sometimes
Who are you favourite singers?
What do you do to relax outside of clubs and the studio?
Catching up with friends
Spare time travelling ..exploring new cities and places
And lastly. Which is your most prized record? (If that’s actually possible to answer!?!)
Mmmm don’t remember actually
I don’t usually check prices..i just enjoy them and to see they still with me after 40 years
Horse Meat Disco’s very own Severino breaks loose from the collective to deliver this exceptionally tasty House number that for those of us old enough (to know better) succinctly joins the notes between past and present. Powered by an addictive, chugging bassline and enhanced by various keyboard and guitar hits this striking production also comes fully charged with Princess Magnifique’s cool vocal intoning a ‘do what I want to do’ attitude to life. The remix is care of Eli Escobar who of course blends his own distinctive Disco flavour into the affair with energetic instrumentation lending the voice a different angle to play with, while playing the guitar with a varying lick. Is there a better release to start the party with.