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]

Hinode / Marieu – Punch In the Face [ENW003]

HINODE/MARIEU - Punch In The Face

Enlightened Wax returns with a fistful of kick drums to the face and a whole load of crunchiness to boot. Marieu makes a return to his own label alongside Berlin’s rising analogue fiend, Hinode who makes himself heard right from the start of A1, submerging us into a shuffling, funked-out frenzy of samples and ruthless percussion. The A2 is another brutal monster, where bursting toms, cascading synths and analogue rawness align to form an irresistible peak-time burner; but it’s on the B1 that things turn really nasty – some seriously off-kilter percussion moulds seamlessly with gorgeous strings only to fall back apart into a winding bundle of slicing drums. Not much can be said about the B4, it’s just a classic “MG” (Marieu-Groove) bomb: dusty drums, shredded vocal samples and those jagged piano keys grinding their way into that seductive Enlightened Wax vibe.

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Hinode / Marieu – Punch In the Face [ENW003]

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]

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]

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]

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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]

Xenogears aka The Analogue Cops – 72 Bridges EP [TABR003]

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Introducing our techno comrades in Berlin. From the outset Xenogears set about propelling you on an intrepid and spirited pursuit: an experience which is at times intimate and at others ominous but always driven by the techno vision.

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Xenogears aka The Analogue Cops – 72 Bridges EP [TABR003]

VA – Amber EP [RST011]

THIRD SIDE/LUCRETIO/MARIEU - Amber EP

The Restoration crew strikes back with “AMBER” E.P., a celebration of the necessary power to feed the machines and to keep them working. Live recorded on tape, it’s pure raw analogue sound, it’s true dedication to urban dance music. Tracks from Third Side, Lucretio and Marieu.

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VA – Amber EP [RST011]

Third Side – NYX [RST010]

THIRD SIDE - NYX EP (Front Cover)

Great full length EP by the THIRD SIDE, the infamous Berlin based team formed by Panorama Bar resident Steffi (Ostgut Ton/Klakson), Marieu (Restoration/Sabotage) and Lucretio (Restoration/Mixworks/DeepMoves). “Nyx” is an invocation to the primordial goddess of the night summoned with soul and machines, Nyx, rather than Chaos, is the first principle. All tracks are recorded live on dusky tape with no computer involved.

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Third Side – NYX [RST010]

VA – Butsu EP [RST009]

THIRD SIDE/XENOGEARS aka THE ANALOGUE COPS/MARIEU/LUCRETIO - Butsu EP

Excellent release coming from the juicy dusty tapes of Restoration Records. “Butsu” is a 4 track EP of powerful analogue electronic dance music without boundaries. This is the sound of the passion and the devotion to the House and Techno tradition from the underground scene of Berlin; it’s the triumphant march of the defenders of the vinyl.

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VA – Butsu EP [RST009]