Review: Given the sheer size and depth of his back catalogue, it's not so surprising that Alan Sei AKA Aubrey has begun reissuing some of his most formidable 1990s work. The latest vintage 12" to get flipped is 1995's Ginger Biscuit EP, whose dense and heady techno title track peppers a robust kick-drum pattern with layered, carnival-ready percussion, an ear-catching melodic hook and a weighty bass loop. While inspired and club-ready, it's the deeper and more dub-informed nature of the rest of the EP that makes a greater impression. For proof, check the hazy, post-bleep, deep techno vibes of 'Long Player', the outer-space techno hypnotism of 'Shimmer' - all heavy dub bass and sparkling synth riffs- and the slipped dub techno warmth of 'U Be Dick'.
Review: Although rarely spoken about in hushed tones, Peter Adshead AKA Baby Ford is one of British house and techno's true pioneers. As many readers will know, he spent the first decade of his career exploring acid house and rave, before switching to a deeper and more minimalistic techno and tech-house sound towards the end of the '90s. It's in that period that BFORD14, which is finally being reissued, first appeared in stores. Intoxicating, bass-heavy and entrancing, the EP's many highlights include the hissing hypnotism of 'Serpentine Tale', the deep bass, melancholic synthesiser chords and crunchy drums of 'Night D3 Died', and the spacey, deep techno warmth of deliciously hazy closing cut 'The Introducer'.