Artist: Nick Devon
Title: Donʼt Be Afraid EP
Label: Steyoyoke Black
Cat No: SYYKBLK003
Steyoyoke Black releases its third EP “Don’t Be Afraid”. Nick Devon has already produced a number of releases for the label, Steyoyoke but this release signifies his debut appearance with the new darker sounding sub label.
First up on the release is “Don’t Be Afraid” which features the rather subtle vocals of Benji. The track is filled with some rather subtle effects and other worldly sounds, and all is built upon this superb deep growling bassline. The keys and melody used fit wonderfly in the track, and all is very well balanced and thought through. The track keeps a nice steady pace throughout and that techy edge is always present.
The second track on the release is “Rattled” and this is my personal favourite on the release. This track will definitely appeal more to the progressive sounding DJs and for those looking for a deeper sound from their DJ sets. The track has some wicked percussion and has an almost tribal feel to the drums. The track uses some well place keys and bass stabs and the melody just draws you in like a warm bath on a winter’s day. A track that will certainly be heard on the more deeper and intelligent dance floors of Europe!
The final track on the release is “Skyline” which does pick up the pace from the last track, as this is aimed more at the techno sounding collectors out there. From the get go you can tell this track is going to be a full on workout. The bassline has a wonderful groove to it, and the percussion and hi hats are well placed throughout. The track has some wicked soundscapes and an almost ethereal sound about it in places. One to go and check out if you like your techno with a little more about it!
A very strong release on a label that is new to my ears I must admit. However this is now a label I am personally going to be watching out for, and I suggest you all do the same.