Review: Aiken aka Alfonso L?pez has released a series of acclaimed EPs in recent years on labels like Semantica and Psyk's Non Series. Now the Spanish producer steps into the spotlight thanks to these remixes of his 2017 release, Genetics. The label deserves plaudits for assembling an impressive line-up; Blawan delivers a flailing, relentless take on the title track that isn't a million miles from Steve Bicknell's work for Lost/Cosmic, while on his interpretation of "Dominance", Blueprint boss James Ruskin opts for a coruscating, pounding workout, led by relentless kicks and a mesmerising filter. However, the most impressive re-work comes from Volt-Face, whose take on "Hybrid" is a hypnotic, minimal affair.
Review: Supported already by Klock, Dettmann and Sims, the latest release from Spanish producer Aiken delivers a stunning interpretation of techno purism for Non Series. It starts with the dense, spacey stabs of "Hybrid", which sounds like a more refined take on early Steve Bicknell material. The title track is a tougher, faster, big room affair that integrates dark Mills-ian riffs into its booming groove. "Somatic" sees Aiken go deeper again, with a niggling percussive arrangement playing out over a hypnotic loop, while on "Dominance", he manages to effortlessly straddle the house/techno divide, aided by gritty percussion and an insistent, pulsing rhythm.
Review: The Non-Series label has a small but respected catalogue that includes Chevel and Psyk, and now Attanasio delivers the imprint's first long-player. Like the rest of the releases on Non-Series, the focus here is on deep, dubby techno with a serious dance floor focus. "ENVLP" sets the tone with its chugging chords and firing percussion, while "Unchained" and "Wrszw" both go down a harder route as stomping beats are brought to bear on the hypnotic elements. That's not to suggest that Control is merely a succession of rigid club tracks and the woozy melodies and housey groove of "OTR" coupled with the Shed-style stepping rhythm of "The Woman" mean that it is that rarity, a well-rounded techno album.
Review: Two tracks from Italian producer Dario Tronchin aka Chevel's 2013 album, Air is Freedom, get the remix treatment. Non Series deserves to be praised for choosing the remixers wisely, with precocious UK artist Happa delivering an incendiary version of "Harsh Times". Over a lumbering, stepping rhythm, he drops ear-shredding, grating waves of noise and claustrophobic beats that gradually get more and more intense as the track unravels. The other remix is radically different. French Fries is best known for his work on ClekClekBoom and his take on "Lumen" is just as adventurous. Lo-fi chimes and insistent acid squiggles make for a more understated affair, but it too will insinuate its way into the listener's sub-conscious.
Review: The latest release on Psyk's label is a heads-down affair from Italian producer Chevel. In its most extreme form, this takes the form of "2020", where high-pitched squeals and shrieks are set to a tough, pacey rhythm. However, the more rewarding tracks see Chevel explore a more subtle approach. "Noflit" is based on contrasts with a combination of a rubbery bass and tough, distorted drums. "Summer" just as understated with a mysterious synth line cloaking the arrangement's percussive slivers. However, Chevel also understands the demands of the dance floor and "Detrimental", with its blip, bleeps and tough beats is sure to cause mayhem whenever it's dropped.
Review: While it has nothing to do with the novel of the same name, Luigi Tozzi's latest release does mark a change in direction. In particular "Allergic" is a deep, hypnotic affair that is still built around the same kind of crafty arrangement that his harder music is known for. On "Eos", he reverts to his more typical tool-ish sound, with a buzzing bass and tinkling percussion prevailing. However, the mood remains deeper and more atmospheric than usual for his productions. Meanwhile on the title track the Italian producer drops a tunnelling, driving track that sounds more common with the atmospheric bass-led tones of Function. "Black Market" rounds off the release in a similar vein.
Review: When it comes to stabbed-up, drum machine sequenced techno, Psyk is a go to producer. The producer's Maan alias is Manuel Anos' stripped-back take on his dub-tailored style of club music which is less brooding than the Spaniard's other productions. It's also Maan which defines the Non Series sound, which on this EP is best heard via the staccato-driven, cowbell filled "Burn". For a deep rhythm track there's "Jackin (Part 2)" - something you'd imagine Steffi playing to beef up the vibes in Pbar - while "Lost" loops a vocal like Robert Hood would as Floorplan.
Review: Psyk has been releasing high-quality underground techno for the best part of a decade and celebrates the 30th instalment on his Non Series imprint with this edgy EP. The title track balances tearing bass sounds with a subtle, stepping rhythm, while on "Night Currents", the Spanish producer heads down a different path. Redolent of vintage Sandwell District, it's a moody, tunnelling affair, supported by a morose low end. Psyk changes gear again for "Falling", delivering a lean, minimal techno workout that has echoes of Robert Hood. With DVS1 including "Falling" on his recent Fabric mix CD, it may not be too long before Psyk finally becomes a household name.