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.

Johnny Blackouts – Boozehound EP (WP004)

Johnny Blackouts’ Boozehound EP is an orchestral stupor through dark city streets. It’s an ivory-suited John Travolta stepping out with his Saturday night swagger and a pocketful of psychedelic fever for the disco. Colors change with every footfall. Unsuspecting horns blare out of alleyways. Crumpled men nestled betwixt rusty trash cans raise their heads momentarily, spurting out humanity’s wrongdoings. But the walk continues just as it started – easy, undisturbed, embracing adventure around every corner. Johnny Blackouts’Boozehound EP is flawlessly structured to complement a rich and heavy population of sounds, generating the bloodline of an animated metropolis.

Elevating in effect, “Broken” harmonizes organic, woody sounds with the whizzes and whirs of the future. Blackouts’ track is headstrong and undeniably rousing – an ideal accompaniment for the journey outward.

Walter Jones knows you want more woodblock. In his take of “Broken,” the DFA recording artist adds a sprinkle of boom-snap, neatly reigning the cornucopia of the original into a candy-covered Tootsie Roll center. Grand sweeps and key-filled crescendos heighten the Jones’ experience.

In “Topshelf,” red and blue lasers turn away from each other, slicing through the fog. There are ripped t-shirts and flashes of patent leather canvas purple eye shadows and hot pink cheek streaks. The white-clad outsider wipes the whiskey from the corners of his mouth, as a malformed David Lynch character does a sideways tip-toe across the room, and a saxophone laments in the distance. Chained together by a golden thread, “Topshelf” is a cinema of soundscapes.

Johnny Blackouts spares no expense when it comes to cerebral coitus. Laden with jarring samples and a frenzied tempo, “Skrewhead” ties up the Boozehound EP nicely. The peppy stroll around the way peaks with an intoxicating tempest of sounds…

Nick Warren - “This is excellent music. Will support.”
Mixmaster Morris - “Sparkly!”
Recloose - “The Walter Jones remix bumps!”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “Totally down with ‘Broken.’ Rousing business for the dancefloor noggin.”
Fine Cut Bodies - “Love the dirty disco vibe.”
Mystic Rock (This Is Not An Exit) – “This is clearly tailor made for my night. Exotic, ecstatic, psychedelic, totally other.”
Acid Ted blog – “Brilliantly sprawling, cosmic, and epic.”

Additional support from Erol AlkanAjelloRune LindbækSleazy McQueenGavin Hardkiss,Makossa & MegablastHorse Meat DiscoAndy AshDave Cosmonaut, and 6th Borough Project.