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.