Schugar – “Planet Food EP”

A distant year and the Planet Earth is dangerously overpopulated, land is scarce … food, scarcer. An elite team of horticulturalists has been deployed to the planets of Vesta, Juno, Ceres, and Pallas to supplement our earthly needs for sustenance. Every good mission needs a soundtrack and one man has been selected to orchestrate that soundtrack, that man is known across the land simply as Schugar from the San Diego quadrant. His very own Infusion Project, a collective that develops and empowers artists to be artists for a living, has proven itself more necessary than ever before, qualifying him as the perfect audio life force for such matters. A foodie of the highest order, Schugar has been charged with the task of connecting tones with movement and vibrations with fruition – sonic themes of celebration to honor man’s last hope for global survival.

The Planet Food EP is a collection of reverent rituals that pays tribute to the successful harvest of these extraterrestrial cornucopias. The “Vesta Banana Boogie” is a funky, hypnotic rain dance that flows down in showers of sweet fruits and nuts. “Juno Mushroom Jam” gets deep with the rejuvenating fungi, personified in the ripping bass lead that tears through old, decaying matter to make room for fresh life. “Ceres Zucchini Get Down” takes us deeper into the root systems of life-sustaining vegetation while the “Pallas Pepper Hustle” is sparse and spicy. These epic sagas are the synthesis between man, the mechanical funk of his overworked machines, and the scattered, unpredictable space they occupy together, frozen in a moment of truth and valor.

It is now time to board your spacecraft. Sit back, relax, engage the intergalactic sleep regulator and prepare for warp speed as Schugar serenades us with the robotic rhythms of man’s greatest mission, the voyage to Planet Food.
 
Chris Todd (Crazy P / Hot Toddy) – “‘Pallas Pepper Hustle’ is an interesting journey … I like!”
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) – “Stoked … nice record.”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco / Up Yours) – “Deeeep … and nice!’
Tyler Stadius - ”I like these. It’s always good to hear something different and these are that.“
Stereo 77 (Stereo Deluxe / Filtered Sunshine) – ”Wow! These are really great tracks.“
Bill Shephard (Push Music / We Are Lizards) – ”Mad little jam!“
Da Wiseguy (RTE Pulse Radio, Dublin) – ”Quirky, cool, spacey … interesting!“
Joey Silvero (Distant People) – ”I love this groove that just seems to wrap around your mind.“
Jamie Topham (CDPool) – ”Sci-fi soundtrack insanity!“
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) – ”The Planet Food EP isn’t just an release, it is a whole philosophy. These synthetic funk and retro shaped pieces of deep and cosmic house, disco, breaks, and beyond are impressive.”
 
Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

Owl & Finch – “Keep It Up EP”

Whiskey Pickle Records heads for the sky with their first international signing: Sydney, Australia’s The Owl & Finch. The Keep It Up EP is the debut artist release from this pair of high-flying, disco aficionados and is anything but ‘for the birds.’ With several cuts on Dave Allison’s Editorial Records, The Owl has topped the disco charts of Traxsource and Stompy with his solo re-edit work. Here he offers his precise engineering skills to the equation, while Finch supplies the live bass and guitar grooves in “Keep It Up,” a summertime, dance floor blazer that’s sure to earn spins from their native homelands to the shores of Ibiza. The b-side, “Found Another,” features somber, melancholic piano stabs and soulful, lamenting vocal hooks with an undeniably Balearic bass line.
 
Handling the remixes are Whiskey Pickle regulars Johnny BlackoutsZack Highwire, andRiCHARD.GEAR. Johnny’s Found a MILF version twists the island vibes into an epic, acidic dub odyssey, perfect for that rude awakening at sunrise by the sea-donkey you thought was a mermaid. RiCHARD.GEAR takes the titular tune into Italo territories of synthesizer madness while the Highwire version of “Keep It Up” is a tense, percussive breakbeat affair. The accompanying Highwire remix of “Found Another” finds the tune plunged into deep, moody realms with a brooding bass line that’s gonna rattle cabinets and keep dancing feet on the floors.
 
Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister) – “I like the originals. The Johnny Blackouts mix and Zach Highwire’s remix of ‘Keep It Up’ are cool as well.”
Psychemagik - “Sweet as … supporting.”
Ilya Santana - “‘Keep It Up’ is a solid boogie track. This one’s for me.”
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) – “I’m all over this. Great vibe.”
Tensnake - “I like both versions of ‘Keep It Up.’”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “I quite dig the cosmic soul vibe of ‘Found Another.’ It’s nice that Johnny Blackouts makes it even more cosmic. Also enjoying RiCHARD.GEAR’s take on ‘Keep It Up.’ A solid release here.”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) – “Yes … great!”
Spettro - “The RiCHARD.GEAR remix takes it for me! Solid work here.”
Joan Ribas (Cafe del Mar) – “Great, groovy tunes.”
Stereo 77 (Research Deluxe) – “I’m loving the Johnny Blackouts remix … this will fit perfectly in my sets.”
Hippie Torrales - “‘Keep It Up’ has got a great disco feel.”
Christos Kedras (Kapa Music) – “Really nice package. ‘Keep It Up’ is superb with its funky riffs and Zack Highwire does a great job giving it a bit more floor ‘oomph.’ In the bag.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “A great selection of vibes here. Both Zack Highwire versions are great, but the original ‘Keep It Up’ is the pick for me. Great vibes.”
Jaysoul (S:R Soundsystem) – “Johnny Blackouts’ psychedelic twist take on Found Another is in the pocket!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) – “The original mix of ‘Keep it up’ is the one … funky as well and smooth yet utterly infectious.”
Simon Lister (People Get Real) – “‘Found Another’ is so good … 101% gonna get people moving!”
Richard Hardcastle (All Out War / Solid State) – “Good collection. I like the real guitar and bass combo on the main track but Johnny Blackouts edges it for me on his atmospheric rework. Really nice.”
 
Available now from Juno Download and Traxsource.

Zack Highwire – “Heartline Fractures EP”

Whiskey Pickle heralds its tenth release with the debut EP from Zack Highwire, a DJ/producer based in Austin, TX via Minnesota’s twin cities. With so many extraterrestrial vibes present on the Heartline Fractures EP one might have to wonder about Zack Highwire’s true origins. Could this simply be a stellar (pun intended) debut from a talented northerner living in Texas, or did a heart broken Star-Man fall to our tiny blue planet in search of solace and studio time to craft the perfect, cosmic break-up record? Whiskey Pickle’s not gonna say it was aliens … but, it was aliens.

The Heartline Fractures EP opens with the otherworldly arpeggios and hypnotic, percussive melodies of “By Them,” a tune that could perfectly soundtrack intergalactic SETI explorations with its supernova of sound. “Mind, Hearts, Lies” is a detour through a black hole as ominous chords prepare the listener for an acidic, breakbeat breakdown. Flip it over to get another deep space voyage in the form of “Surface Love” where psychedelic Italo stylings conjure visions of land speeders cruising the valleys and ruins of Mars. Rounding out the EP, one finds Mr. Highwire’s version of a peak time banger, “Does She Want You Now?,” featuring a brutal kick / bass combo that roots feet to the dance floor while vocoded pads lift the listener up to the stars.
 
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) – “Really amazing. Love this release. So good.”
Hardway Bros - “Brilliant stuff. ‘Mind, Hearts, Lies’ for me.”
Nick Warren - “Great EP. ‘Surface Love’ is amazing.”
Bruce Tantum (Time Out NY) – “Wow, epic stuff … and not from Norway! Loving all four of these, really.”
Flash Atkins (Paper Recordings) – “Loving ‘By Them’ … proper wonkage!”
Alexander Robotnick - “‘Surface Love’ is the one for me.”
Fine Cut Bodies - “Love the old school psychedelic vibe!”
The Dead Rose Music Company - “Foreboding Moroder goodness!”
Lee Fisher (Discomendments / Out Of Bounds) – “Whiskey Pickle is seriously on my radar for favourite label status. This release is no exception to the rule.”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “All four here are glorious slabs of retro/future-disco – never quite sure which it is, but frankly who cares when it’s this good? Like Buck Rogers learning to make Italo-disco and getting Prins Thomas along for the ride … this is awesome.”
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) – “Nice release. ‘Surface Love’ is my favorite.”
Jesse De La Peña (Vocalo 89.5 FM, Chicago) – “‘Does She Want You Now?’ is my favorite off this EP … it’s retro sounding with a fresh twist.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) – “This vintage-sounding EP is flirting with the Italo-cosmic sound resulting in a galactic journey covering the spectrum with beautiful sound effects.”
Richard Hardcastle (Solid State) – “Really enjoyed these … moody and understated. Want to get to know them better as it sounds like there is much to appreciate and return to. Reminds me of stuff on Aube Records.”
Sandro Bianchi (Ibiza Sonica) – “Strong psycho cosmic spacey drug!”
Da Wiseguy (RTE Pulse, Ireland) – “Phuture space laser disco music. Phasers set to stun!”
 
Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

P-Rez – “Shits & Giggles EP”

Whiskey Pickle heads back to its housier roots with the label’s second artist EP from Fresno, California’s mover and shaker Steve Perez, aka P-Rez. Bounce House, Blunted Funk, and Not So Fast Records (which he manages) have all found a place for P-Rez’s funky, quirky house music sound. The Shits & Giggles EP, a follow up release to 2009’s, Valley Fever EP on Whiskey Pickle, features four jackin’ house offerings coupled with cheeky vocal samples and squelchy synth sounds. The door opens with “Hit It” and its bubbling 808 bass line and sparkly percussion, lending a nice framework for hypnotic, dubby stabs and instructions for lunacy. “So Hot!” gets groovy with syncopated rhythms and a cameo from everyone’s favorite, Agrestic “Ball-Buster” Celia. The flip side carries the dance floor even further into funky territory as “Traps” unfolds with a rolling bass line that’ll make any wallflower shake a tail feather. “Feeling Frisky” is the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer’s night drive down the Las Vegas strip, on the prowl for connection, deep vibes, and beautiful creatures.
 
Giom - “‘So Hot’ is cool and quirky … I like it!”
Tensnake - “‘Feeling Frisky’ is quite iince with the acid and deep note-marks.”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) – “Pretty groovy!”
Psychemagik - “Tight EP. All tracks are slamming. I like the acid touches and spoken word vox … just gotta decide which one to play!”
Diz (Vizual / Classic) – “Great west coast madness!”
Nick Holder - “Very cool and quirky … enjoying!”
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) – “Reminds me of my early days … nice classic house sound here!”
Jesus Pablo (Something Different) – “I’m loving the groove in this … I need a dance floor now!”
Jason Hodges - “‘So Hot’ will go well on the floor.”
Still Rob G (Smoke N Mirrors) – “Damn, this whole EP is hot. Sick and twisted funk-filled acid jamz!”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) – “Good work from P-Rez. Four driving house cuts that should shake any discerning dance floor.”
Neil McCall (Spandex Sessions) – “An absloutely storming EP. I love the acid sound. It ticks my box and surely will do very well.”
Bobi (Global Movement Radio Show) – “I’m loving this one … old-school vibes with a modern edge. Hot.”

Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

The New Black – “1,000 Little Black Dresses EP”

Whiskey Pickle Records is beyond stoked to present the debut EP from Texas’ own cosmic-funksters The New Black. This slick production duo, comprised of Nathan Stewart and William Bowers, have a combined resume that includes releases on Kolour Recordings, residencies at the legendary Houston club night Dedicated, and support duties for the likes of Inland Knights, Fred Everything, and Chris Lum. The1,000 Little Black Dresses EP kicks off with the filtered funk stomp of “Stone Cold Groove,” which combines a soulful, earthly bass and a horn sample that unfolds under heavenly pads, leads, and arpeggios. The b-side, “Androids Are Sexy,” ups the tempo with a groovy synth bass as psychedelic found samples lend to its druggy, warehouse vibe. Rounding out the package, “Like I Can” utilizes a classic groove that pays tribute to the Brothers Gibb while bittersweet chords pulsate over sub bass and filtered vocal stabs. This is the sound of Whiskey Pickle Records celebrating the sounds of summer a bit early. Crack open a Tecate, squeeze some lime, and let the vibes flow through. ARRIBA! ARRIBA!
 
Nick Warren - “Groovy indeed.”
Tensnake - “Cool dance floor cuts!”
Sunshine Jones - “This is so welcome … it’s totally the time for this sound.”
Mark Farina - “I like it!”
Atnarko - “‘Like I Can’ is the one that does it for me. Nice one!”
DJ MFR (Transport Recordings) – “Nice package. Full support from me.”
Roual Galloway (Faith / Strobelight Honey) – “Strong collection of retro nu-grooves for a discerning dance floor.”
Inland Knights - “Nice release!”
Nick Holder - “Super fresh music … I’m feeling every track!”
Spettro - “Solid feel good groovers with ‘Stone Cold Groove’ and ‘Like I Can.’ Full support!”
Will SumSuch (DeepWit / Etoka) – “Nice hypnotic grooves here. I’m liking all three tunes.”
Tal M. Klein (Aniligital Music) – “Summer-sounding grooves indeed! Will be rocking ‘Like I Can.’” Stereo 77- “I need more of this … I love it!”
Thomas White (Natural Rhythm) – “Holy smokes, this is a dope project!”
Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) – “Solid, fun house tracks. I will play these for sure.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) – “I love the disco style, those bass lines are doing it, and the drop is hot.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Whiskey Pickle is becoming one of my favourite labels … they always hit the spot! All three here are wicked. Club support, radio play, and word of mouth yelling about it is guaranteed!”
Stephen Glass (Headset Recordings) – “’ Like I Can’ has the kind of brain damage that I enjoy with my disco. Brain grooves! All are great for pool party season.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) – “Hyper discotek funk! Five stars are too little to rate this this EP.”

Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

RICHARD.GEAR – “A Feelin”

Clocking in at just over a year since his last release, native Austinite and Whiskey Pickle label managerRiCHARD.GEAR drops a slice of blissed-out space disco mixed with a housier stomp in “A Feelin’”. The cut features a hot, almost ‘Yacht Rock-ish’ guitar loop and a rolling bass line over a four-on-the-floor rhythm, confidently chugging along before diving head first into a deep, filtered breakdown that builds to a spiraling, arpeggiated crescendo. The remixes are stacked high with additional Austin-based talent to round out the package. Up first, Off Da Clock increases the energy by flipping and chopping samples into rhythmic oblivion over a thick, popping bass line. On the flip side, Andres Aguirre goes the cosmic route, gracing the listener with a groovy, mid-tempo version that warps the original into the perfect soundtrack for an opium den discotheque. Whiskey Pickle stalwart Daniel Allen then wraps up the release with a trippy excursion into psychedelic breakbeats that seems to filter Meat Beat Manifesto through the label’s sonic lens. Solid stuff throughout … give this a go!
 
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) – “So much fun!”
Kruse & Nuernberg - “Nice stuff … original mix is great. Andres Aguirre’s remix is cool, too.”
Lipstick Disco - “Lovely EP. The original is smooth and funky, really enjoy the jacked up Off Da Clock remix, and equally the smooth Andres Aguirre remix.”
Ant Plate (Rhythm Plate / YSE) – “Nice Benson chop, all at a nice tempo.”
Moodymanc - “Great vibe … all about the original for me.”
Stereo 77 - “I like the cosmic feel of the Andres Aguirre remix.”
Dave Mayer (Strictly Rhythm) – “Nice groove on the original.”
Vincent Kwok - “Pretty cool release … the Off Da Clock remix is hot!”
Joan Ribas (Ibiza Soulstice / Cafe Del Mar) – “Great, groovy thang!”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Wicked release! It’s tough to pick a favourite here … I’m torn between the original and the Andres Aguirre remix, but in all honesty they all work as individual cuts in their own right. Top stuff.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) – “The groovy ‘old school’ inspired original is the one.”
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica FM) – “I like the vibe of the original but the Andres Aguirre remix is the one for Ibiza.”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “The original has a good horse riding groove for keeping those tired legs going. The Air Liquide styling on the Daniel Allen remix is very nice, as well.”
 
Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

Abstrakt Audio – “Apollonia”

Austin’s Whiskey Pickle label presents the debut release from Abstrakt Audio, a project created by south Texas native Fern Argüello. Producing since the age of 15, starting with a Roland TR–909 and a banged-up Juno–60 synthesizer, Fern has always been drawn to the sounds of eighties boogie and Italo disco thanks to his father’s hip record collection. Previously, Fern was a part of production duo Retrovox with Rey Aguilar, releasing a number of tracks for PBR Recordings and playing shows and festivals all over Texas and Mexico. With a recent move to Austin, Fern finally goes solo with Abstrakt Audio and fully embraces his Italo-boogie roots with these two funk-fueled tracks. The single leads with “Apollonia” which could easily have been heard pumping out of boom boxes and ghetto blasters on Minneapolis’ back streets during the heyday of the Purple Reign. The flip side, “Nu Funk,” features dubbed out chords and a sternum-rattling bass line. The tune builds on a simple, yet effective progression that is sure to please boogie fans and house heads alike. Two crucial cuts here with serious ‘let’s-get-this-party-started’ potential … Whiskey Pickle once again delivers the quality DJ goods.
 
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) – “Totally amazing. Just what I needed today.”
Djuma Soundsystem - “YEAH! I’m so ready for a Minneapolis revival. Both tracks will be spun this night!”
Chris Todd (Crazy P / Hot Toddy) – “Both great tracks with super-authentic production.”
Mark Farina - “I like!”
OOFT! - “Digging both trax. Heavy beats but seriously funky at the same time. Nice.”
Recloose - “Super slick. I’m digging it.”
Sleazy McQueen - “This is FINE! I’m totally diggin’ it. Nice Pickle!”
Ben Mono - “Big tracks that I’ll have to play out as soon as possible.”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “‘Nu Funk’ is the one … feel good strut!”
Joshua Heath - “Solid tunes … I look forward to playing them out.”
Neil Diablo - “This is amazing. Right up my street.”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) – “Super funky here.”
Erik Rug - “Nice! Both tunes are floating my boat … in the rekord-box!”
Nick Chacona - “Ooooh … I am loving ‘Nu Funk!’ That track is sick.”
Chrissy Murderbot - “Love these tunes!”
ALTZ - “Majestic nu-funk … great grooves.”
Will SumSuch (DeepWit / Etoka) – “Both tracks are truly excellent! Loving this release … going straight in the wallet for tonight and staying there for a long time to come, I imagine.”
Russell Deeks (This Is Why We Dance) – “Cool nu-boogie grooves.”
 
Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.

Disco Vigilantes – “Robotalk”

Whiskey Pickle presents San Diego-based production unit Disco Vigilantes, a platform for DJ Shane B Baker to create original soundtracks as tools to weave in and out of during eclectic house/disco/techno DJ sets. His themes are future fantasies for fashionable late nights that go after hours. The songs in this collection are finely crafted examples of the emerging sounds of the Southern California Underground.

RoboTALK” is inspired by classic science fiction movies, new wave music, and industrial fashions. The song begins with everyday robot chatter bouncing over crunchy house beats and throbbing bass lines. After a series of bizarre conversations the piece progresses to a euphoric blend of classic-style arppegiated synth patterns and dark rhythms.

MiNA” is the theme song for after hours trouble. One can imagine ladies with high boots and thick mascara and boys with low v-neck tees and sweat dripping from their brows meeting on the dance-floor to “MiNA,” their bodies swaying to the deep textures. Its filled with crisp techno beats that rise and build as a funky, syncopated bass line powers the drive. Even in the darkest warehouse you can still see the stars.

Autopilot” is a somewhat eerie, personal journey through emotions and space. This mid-tempo groover strips down the busy sounds of a traditional house track and builds from impulse. “Autopilot” was written about an affair that never happened, the melody evoking memories of lost love and solitude. Synth-wistfulness and ghostly textures help the track take a stab at nightclub poignancy.

Also included is the Roborave-a-thon Mix of “RoboTALK” from Zack Highwire. This Austin-based DJ veteran pulls out the stops for a high-charged, frenzied mix that certainly recalls some feverish 3 AM moments at secret warehouse locations. Staccato snare drums and squelchy bass hits permeate this version, pausing for an extended breakdown that highlights the original’s building arppegiated synth motif.

Psychemagik - “Absolute MONSTER! Can’t wait to drop this mighty bomb on the floor!”
Nick Chacona - “Very nice indeed. Super sci-fi disco for getting psyched up for going out after thePrometheus premiere!”
Nick Warren - “Excellent EP … will support!”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - “Great sound here. The production is super.”
Tal M. Klein - “Nicely done.”
Irregular Disco Workers - “Deep vibes, cosmic disco, techno … all in one EP.”
Iron Horse - “‘RoboTALK’ is part Case Del Soul, part Natural Rhythm. I approve!”
Snooba (Radio Panik) – “Mutant electro disco and haunted folklore!”
Bruce Tantum (Time Out NY) – “A nice change of pace for Whiskey Pickle, not that they needed one. Some beautiful weirdness here … I’m especially digging the wistful deep-house/weirdo-disco of ‘Autopilot.’”
TJ Norris (reviewer) – “The Disco Vigilantes have taken over with their wacky toy boxes and gaming cray-cray. Though the tracks like ‘Autopilot’ are grounded and centering. ‘MiNA’ has nuggets of fun hooks. But the title track is what this express serves best. A thumping ride.”

Available now from Juno Download and Beatport.