The Analogue Cops – Lucretio versus Marieu Vol.2 [MEMENTO043]

Lucretio and Marieu a.k.a. The Analogue Cops come back on Memento with a four tracks EP. Lucretio delivers two cuts written and produced with the extraordinary Kyma workstation: “Ghetto Stab” is an heavy DanceMania influenced party banger while “Any Idea” is a deep techno journey into the realms of spectral manipulation. Marieu brings in all the hardware horsepower romanticism with “Tab and Rub” and “The Restored Text”; the first being acid excursion into the memories of the earl From days, the second interpolating massive kick drums and saturated harmonics with frantic vocal samples.

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The Analogue Cops – Lucretio versus Marieu Vol.2 [MEMENTO043]

Third Side – Pandora EP [RST020]

The return of the Third Side trio to Berlin’s foundational Restoration imprint. The Analogue Cops, Lucretio and Marieu, are back on their old moniker with Panorama Bar resident Steffi, with their loose, dusty house-techno hybrids after over a year of hiatus. “Bearing All Gifts” opens the EP with a penetrating techno pulse surrounded by the group’s familiar bundle of circling industrial electronics; the B-side goes more hypnotic thanks to the excellent groove of “Opening The Jar”, and “Elpis” makes for a fine closing tune thanks to its subtle swirls of 303, mid-tempo kicks and intricate bundles of hardware noise.

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Third Side – Pandora EP [RST020]

Die Roh & Okee Ru – Beam Boom Bum EP [MLE004]

DIE ROH/OKEE RU - Beam Boom Bum EP

3 craggy dancefloor cuts of disco infected technoid shuffled 808 beats and quirky samples. Lucretio (Restoration/Machines State) on remix duty has delivered a methane-fuelled remix of ”Non la Rai”, adding illicit 90s happiness to the original beats. A remix that could easily cross-refer to his hard-to-find tunes on Warm Sounds.

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Die Roh & Okee Ru – Beam Boom Bum EP [MLE004]

VA – The Sound Of Brenta Part 1 [MUSCLE003]

Including tracks by Lucretio, Steve Murphy and DJ Octopus, Chevel, Caio and Madi Grein. 5 tracks of gritty house music by the members of the Riviera project, showcasing the suburban sound that has been flourishing from the muddy banks of the Brenta river.

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VA – The Sound Of Brenta Part 1 [MUSCLE003]

Durant – The Dove Ultimatum [VVR005]

Vae Victis can’t hide their love and passion for raw house and techno. On this 5th release there is another fine selection of hybrids between styles perfectly expressing their love for genre bending music. Durant exists out of a small collective of producers with main roles for Steve Murphy, Die Roh and Lucretio. The Dove Ultimatum, a 4 tracks ep of punchy analogue electronic music. On the a-side lay General Motors and At Ten, 2 broken beat electro techno tracks a la Drexciya showing the hardest and most experimental side of the project. While on the flip the trio bring things on a housier field, though staying loyal to the a-side vibe by delivering 2 dark and obsessive raw house tracks.

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Durant – The Dove Ultimatum [VVR005]

Appointment – Les Appointment Royale [AP007]

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The Appointment crew (Emg, Marieu, John Swing and Lucretio) add another file in their already bulging folder marked “buy in sight”. “Track 1” from the Les Appointment Royale EP features all the lo-fi brilliance the label is know for by the way of cut up vocals, Roland symbol crashes and a thrumming bass lines. “Track 2” hits up jazzy party loops whereas “Track 3” gets deep and dirty with a gritty and circular groove. Broken beats, distortion and industrial sensibilities are employed in “Track 4” which rounds out one of their most versatile EPs yet.

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Appointment – Les Appointment Royale [AP007]

Lucretio – Harvesting EP [MSP003]

LUCRETIO - Harvesting EP

Machines State Polymers is back with another ferocious mixture of techno-filtered, house power. Lucretio gives us his third release for the label and furthers his explorations into the relationship between machines and sounds. His improvisational and ultra-minimalistic approach to constructing techno, not to mention the strict reliance on analogue hardware, have created an inimitable flare and familiarity to his tracks. The A side kicks off with a pumping, bass-driven groove which subtly evolves to become a relentless house bomb; followed smoothly by the sharp, quick-firing sample technique for which Lucretio is so well known for, on the A2. Over on the flipside, a desolate female vocal is pushed forward by a murky, tape-hissed percussion which is rapidly engulfed into a frantic whirlpool of ghostly synths and crispy effects. Finally, “Your Name” switches things up and breaks down the more familiar 4/4 territories into a twisted, half-stepping monster, complete with Lucretio’s trademark drumming style – raw, sparse and crunchy.

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Lucretio – Harvesting EP [MSP003]

Third Side – Unified Fields [RSTLP001]

The hardware radicalists, that are The Analogue Cops aka Lucretion & Marieu and Steffi,  present their unification in the studio as Third Side as an LP including the best productions of the past year and this latest LP serves as both a proclamation of their shared love for the analogue sound and as a breath of fresh air for techno. ‘The Absolute’ kicks things off with rippling snare drums, a warm bass line and a sweet cocktail of atmospherics and effects. Restoration friend, nd_baumecker joins the team on ‘Jackie’, where a chopped up vocal is carried backwards and forwards by an edgy drum machine workout. ‘The Base Of All Matters’ is a progressive, heads-down beat filled with crispy snares and disjointed chords, but the trio really get going on ‘Gauge Fields’ – where a frenetic mixture of synth stabs and effects is swallowed by a montrous, syncopating bass line. Side C begins with ‘Unity’, a powerful techno tool which has recently been remixed by Steffi herself, Blawan and the mysterious Nightjars. ‘Subsequent Stages’ enters lighter house territories but still retains that signature Third Side rawness and minimalism. On the flipside, ‘Fundamental Forces’ introduces a heavy, bumping beat floating over a sea of euphoric voices and distant melodies. Finally, the amptly names ‘Shit On Me’ featuring Virginia (the talented singer and songwriter responsible for the astonishing vocals tracks ‘on the rousing hit Yours’, and on the touching ‘You Own My Mind’, both released on Berlin’s Ostgut Ton in Feb 2011) closes things off with a nasty, twisted percussion which evolves into a more experimental, bass-fuelled anthem for the small hours. Real techno excursions for the coinnasseurs.

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Third Side – Unified Fields [RSTLP001]

Third Side – Unity Remixes [RST015]

The Third Side, formed of Steffi and Lucretio & Marieu of The Analogue Cops, whet the appetites for their forthcoming debut album together with the Unity Remixes EP which casts Blawan, Nightjars and Steffi herself with remixing the ubiquitous “Unity.” The raw, repetitive, lo-fi and beat down rhetoric synonymous with Restoration is naturally deep in the DNA of “Unity”, a rather gravelly sounding subaqueous techno cut, while Blawan’s juggernaut drum triggering is as foundation worrying as his new productions on that Black Sun 12″. On the flip Steffi lays down a smoothed out variant of the original’s abrasive nature and Nightjars take it in exactly the opposite direction with a demented, smudged out remix.

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Third Side – Unity Remixes [RST015]

Lucretio – Broadside EP [MSP002]

State of the art work on the dusty binding between house, techno, dubstep and analogue processing. On side A we find a dancefloor smasher with solid 808 beats and absorbing new yorican piano hooks, followed by an acidic voyage of epic proportions. On the flip, we get a proper piece of functional minimalism and a soulful uptempo excursion into the garage territories. The heat of magnetic recording, the funkyness of the machines, the driving force of the human feeling.

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Lucretio – Broadside EP [MSP002]

Appointment – Reconstruction [AP005]

The ever mysterious Appointment enclave return with the fifth volume of self titled releases, with the four untitled cuts here supposedly finished on a whistle-stop visit to our fair capital London. As per usual, the end product will appeal to those of you who prefer your house music to be raw and unhinged, not least the brooding opening track which is steeped in saturation and pumps along with a piston-like rhythm smashing through your synapses amidst a backdrop dipped in heaving vocal delay. From here Appointment dabble in sub heavy swamp house on the second track which explodes into life quite brilliantly mid way through via an endless procession of shrieking, crashing stabs. Our favourite here however is the third track, which sounds like it was recorded in a cavernous, disused tube station pairing heavily dubbed jack vocals with swirling pianos amidst the singularly dull thud of drums.

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Appointment – Reconstruction [AP005]

Third Side meets nd_baumecker – Retro Vogue / Burning [RST013]

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Restoration Records present the fruit of the first labours of the Third Side (Marieu, Steffi, Lucretio) with nd_baumecker. The two gems on this 12″ are recorded live in a single and unique take on a quarter inch tape during a moist afternoon at the beginning of the spring. This is a sound of passion and devotion.

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Third Side meets nd_baumecker – Retro Vogue / Burning [RST013]

The Analogue Cops – Manola EP [RST012]

ANALOGUE COPS, The - Manola EP

Deep, strong and relentless, this is the first full length EP of The Analogue Cops on their own label Restoration. As usual, an unquestionable raw force is summoned by the abrasive touch of their experienced hands on incorruptible machines, without any mean computer involved in their operations.

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The Analogue Cops – Manola EP [RST012]