According to the accompanying PR blurb, this EP from Wiskey Pickle bossman Adam Warped is an "orchestral stupor through dark city streets". We agree - and there's certainly a nice dubbiness and post Nu-Balearic feel to lead cut "Broken". If you fused the piano-laden beauty of early Still Going with the slacker downtempo grooves of Windsurf or Hatchback, it would probably sound something like this. Occasional DFA type Walter Jones remixes, beefing up the beats for a decidedly deep cosmic disco/house crossover. The more rhythmically driven "Top Shelf" journeys successfully into the world of post-punk electro, while "Screwhead" bounces around impressively on a bed of punchy beats and rubbery electric bass.
The latest Whiskey Pickle release sees the debut from Austin, Texas-based duo S&M Music Company, AKA singer/DJ/producer Samantha Garrett and Michael Zawodniak (keyboardist with the always-excellent Orthy). "Walk Away" is a fascinating and largely impressive debut. Built around booming dub-disco bottom end, dreamy but attitude-laden vocals and decidedly Balearic melodies, it should appeal to all those who enjoy the leftfield disco style of the Claremont 56 and Rong Music labels. The Cyclist pedals off in a nu-disco direction on his gritty, synth bass-laden remix, before Orthy turn the original into a wide-eyed chunk of touchy-feely goodness on their E-pop rework.