Review: 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.
Review: The Hardkiss legacy continues with this instant flashback to the mid '80s when mankind first instigated his love affair with the 808, 909 and 303. With a sexy vocal purring nonsensically over the top of the crisp, funky breakbeat groove, Gavin and Robbie have nailed a vibe that will resonate with house, breakbeat, bass and Detroit-minded DJs. Remix-wise James Curd goes for a Music For Freaks style bumper, complete with added vocal sexiness while Q-Burns rolls out an slick acid house fusion that gets super freaky midway. Gavin Hardkiss completes the set with a remix under his Hawke guise; slower and smoother, there's a great sense of Balearic beauty throughout. Get bumpy.