London outfit Picnic has always had strong links to Amsterdam. Whether it be their parties there, their hook-ups with the local talent and there is also the fact founding member Andy Luff splits his time between The Dam and the English capital.
It is the combination of London and Amsterdam that is the catalyst behind PICNIC003 when Andy Luff shares the studio with Herra. In true Picnic style, the third and the two releases prior are made for the floor and three tracks will conjure up all sorts of images from their previous and no doubt future parties.
We head straight for A2 where the 90’s house vibes are strong on ‘Archivio’. Metallic bass tones fill the view of the track intro but it is not long before shimmering pads soon arrive on the scene. The bassline is soon re-revealed where the groove really takes control. The old meets new banger increases the heat further still the introduction of the earworm organ line. This is one catchy beat but this is no cheesy house by numbers tool.
A1’American Spirit (Wizard Mix’ is just as vibe-heavy and the big rounded house basslines keep coming. B1 ‘State 808’ is just as much a nod to the Roland 808 as it is to the band of the same name and it is the more upfront of the three banging cuts here. There is no doubt that these won’t get hammered by all manner of top jocks from around the house spectrum. For an example of this EP in action and the influences that go into creating such bombs, there is no better place than their upcoming outdoor event Someplace, Somewhere.
PICNIC003 is now available from KM80.