Aiken – Looking Inward (SEMANTICA 62 – 2014)
Aiken returns to Semantica after “Mer” in 2011 and an appearance on the label’s 5th anniversary compilation. In the new EP the Spaniard’s material is not at all inward-looking as he drops nonchalant surfer cuts, ethereal and coercive at the same time.
“Dismal” would decorate any energized DJ set and is well matched by “Gathered”, while the drum kick of the original “Restless” reminds of Teste’s old Plus 8 hit “The Wipe”. “Restless” gets an encore by Juho Kusti who cruises with Deep Space Helsinki bass and slight deep house notes.