Essential 90’s Aubrey-Productions, don’t snooze …
Essential 90’s Aubrey-Productions, don’t snooze …
Allen Saei, better known as Aubrey, is a unique DJ and record producer. This funny nickname came from the 80s British cartoon series where the main character had this red nose like him on the first day at the new school after moving from Portsmouth to Cowplain. Aubrey’s career though, is not funny at all since he is considered a pioneer of the global tech-house scene. Like a true rock star, it seems he lived a kind of troubled life across Europe, with a reputation that has made him very well respected in the US also, already in the mid 90s.
After their first appearance on Curle via ‘naïf’, the mix compiled by Efdemin earlier this year, Aubrey & Simone Gatto now deliver their debut EP for the label.
Thema is celebrating 10 years with a string of releases starting with this EP and going through to our 50th release with an all star line up ready for battle. UK mainstay Aubrey has been hitting this pinnacle for years through his releases. ‘The Reflection’ EP comes as no exception. Aubrey goes above and beyond to take the listener through a spectrum of moods that culminate in a rounded and complex experience. From the uplifting, fast paced pads in ‘Peligro 45’ to the disorienting rhythmic voodoo of ‘Roger Doger’ and peak energy drive of ‘Train To The Fire’ there is a sense of direction and otherworldly ambiance that will take any dance floor to the place it needs to be.
Sherard Ingram aka DJ Stingray 313 for this fifth Barba release hits us with elegant but typically fast pacing modern electro 3 tracker. Each one is a beauty in itself, deep, resonating space funk, elegant yet dark at times but melodic in the same time as one would expect from the man. Simply put – truly outstanding craftsmanship across all tracks. Title track also gets a remix treatment by Aubrey, UK seasoned techno dj, producer and label owner who’s recent remix seen a light on legendary Metroplex label earlier this year. Enough said. Here Aubrey bravely bites the bullet and maintains the original high tempo but seriously twists the original resulting in stomping into stratosphere monster track creating his own communication system.
Aubrey with a new Detroit influenced EP on Rawax lmtd. Balancing right on the line of techno and house.
Patrice Scott and Chris Mitchell are back at it under their Modular One moniker. Segue One sees the duo pushing forward on their thematic journey into deep, interstellar techno. Adding to the fire, UK deep techno maestro, Aubrey blesses the EP with a remix crafted in his signature textural style.
“Unwise Remix Series” has the involvement of artists which represent Synthek & Audiolouis main points of reference and inspiration, artists who acknowledged the potential of Unwise and accepted to get involved in a great re-edition of the principal cuts of the album. Tadeo inaugurates this first installment with an outstanding reinterpretation of “Thread Between Us”. Keeps the aggressive mood of the original, raising the impetus with slender hi-hats, haunting chords and devilish synthlines, all elements that clearly manifest the powerful imprint of the spanish producer. Aubrey concludes the first side with a sophisticated rework of “Broken Pad”: an unpredictable groove made of fluctuating bleeps and drums, embraced by spacey soundscapes strewn with sonic drills and fragments. Delivering the final blow on the flipside, Polar Inertia’s work can be seen more like a long journey, than an actual remix of Unwise. The final 8-minutes-cut brings an extreme dose of deepness to the release, pervading it of a surreal atmosphere crossed by violent droning flashes, while from a dusty, heavily texturized basslines rises a thin but empowering beat, that finally embrace the distinctive (and desynchronized) riff from the original.
The Mosaic split series is beginning to gather pace and is throwing together some interesting names of old and new vintage with truly compelling results. Volume three of the series draws for tracks from Ed Davenport and Ozka with the resultant tone most definitely one for fans of techno with a darker hue. echno veteran Aubrey turns in a storming techno monster of a remix of Ed Davenport’s unreleased “Islands”. Representing the new school is rising Belgian techno talent, David Nizet (aka Ozka) comes with the wonderful bass line driven dub-stab-fest “Thirteen Years”.
New Aubrey release on the long going Ferox label. Following up his earlier Ferox releases he drops two sweet cuts on this techno jazz fuelled 4 -tracker. Label head honcho Russ Gabriel, Hans Thalau come with the remixes.
A Sagittarium brandished a fully formed blend of becoming house and techno and a cloak of mystery and both elements to his/her/their identity have remained intact across the smattering of material that has surfaced in the subsequent period. A Transparent Mind is a fine return for A Sagittarium pairing two original productions against remixes from Marco Bernardi and Aubrey.
Aubrey with the second release on Dot imprint. This time with Analog People, Little Nobody and Ozka remixes.
Justin Berkovi normally should not need an introduction, being involved in multiple techno-projects in the past, and still standing strong nowadays. His track ‘Old Timer’ reflects his musical personality and history and is being reinterpreted by another techno-historian, Aubrey. On the b-side newcomers Jack Dixon and Henning Baer make their introduction on Other Heights with two total different interpretations which are to become oldtimers themselves.
The fourth release on Farden from Sweden who keep on pushing the boundaries of pure and relentless techno. This time two funky ’90s inspired tracks by techno legend Aubrey.
‘Phantomz’ is the work of Belgian producer Ozka aka David Nizet. The title track sets the tone for the rest of the release: a dark, dense serving of techno propelled by dense beats, relentless filters and a foreboding bassline, it effortlessly captures the sound of 6am in a darkened warehouse. Aubrey is providing a remix to close the EP.
The second Skudge remix pack comes with works from Marcel Fengler and Aubrey.
Official re-release of the 1997 Off Shoot Records Evacuation (Marathon EP) & 1995 Solid Groove Shimmer (Presents EP) done by Aubrey. Skudge, who caused quite a stir with the first two 12’s on his own label, revisited Evacuation for a new update!
Originally released on Aubrey’s defunct label Dark, this untitled track is an 8-minute trip into a deep Basic Channel-like atmosphere. Dubbed out techno, melancholically resounding deep chords all layered on reverberating throbbing beats. The release comes with 2 perfectly fitting remixes by Modern Love artists Pendle Coven and Geophone’s Mike Parker.