Review – Steyoyoke release Reconstructed by Animal Picnic

Artist: Dahu, Nick Devon, Animal Picnic
Title: Steyoyoke Reconstructed by Animal Picnic
Label: Steyoyoke Black
Cat No: SYYKBLK007
Released: Out Now!
Genre: Techno

Steyoyoke is a label you will often hear me banging on about, and it is with good reason. I find the label to be putting out some of the most forward thinking house and techno over the last few months, and this is no exception. This time we are presented with “Steyoyoke Black Reconstructed” which is on Steyoyoke’s sister label Steyoyoke Black which is always a little darker and moodier. The “Steyoyoke Black Reconstructed” project has been started to enable artists to delve into past Steyoyoke Black releases and put their own spin on things. The first in the series features Animal Picnic who revisit two memorable tracks, Dahu’s “Ruin” and Nick Devon’s “Don’t Be Afraid”.

Animal Picnic’s version of “Ruin” by Dahu is techno track that soon finds its feet in terms of groove and mood. The groovy bassline carries everything along nicely, and the squelchy bassline stabs add that darker element. It isn’t long before you are presented with a delightful deep melody during the break which really allows the track to shine. Soon after the break it is back into the darkness, and things pick up pace with some well crafted cymbal rides, and the odd key change in the groove. The track is filled with tight percussion and the effected melodic stabs keep things interesting. Sublime track!!!

Next up we have Animal Picnic’s rendition of “Don’t Be Afraid” by Nick Devon which is a little more of a deeper vibe than the opening remix. The track builds slowly with the use of long drawn out keys, and some nice shakers.The mood is of an almost ghostly, eerie temperament with the use of some effected male vocals provided by Benji, and some superb stabs and percussion. The keys that appear to be played in reverse add an other worldly like vibe to the track, and all is very deep and thought provoking. The track is a delight to listen to and the breakdown is one for all those melodic techno and progressive dance floors.

A superb release again from a very consistent and well loved label. I can’t wait to hear the next instalment of “Steyoyoke Black Reconstructed”.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.