Review: After having been heavily played by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Nicolas Lutz , Fumiya Tanaka and Margaret Dygas, the first and only Protectorate record (released exclusively on vinyl in the spring of 2009) quickly became a sought-after rarity. 10 years after, the Analogue Cops has decided to reactivate the collective's output with four new tracks enclosing minimalistic afterparty fervor, contemporary Berlinesque electro, post-capitalist breakbeats, and luxury tech-house. Cutting edge cuts crafted with a balanced ensemble of vintage and up-to-date machines, with an unfathomable attention to solidity and detail.
Review: March has kicked off with some stellar house and techno pieces, but a return from the Parassela crew has made this the best month in a long while. We'd been truly missing this collaborative project between The Analogue Cops and Blawan, three minds which together helped to truly instil a sound within the contemporary house and techno game over the last five years. If you're listening to raw, stripped-back house these days, it's down to projects such as Parassela; that post-2010 wave of goodness very much includes these guys in the list. They return for one of their inimitable faux white labels on the Cops' own mighty Restoration label, and it's clear that they crew had been missing each other's company as of late. "Track 1" is classic Parassela nastiness thanks to a dark, intricate mould of hardware beats and distorted melodies with that unmistakable, tape-kissed hiss, and "Track 2" delivers more of the same except that the groove is more minimal here. On the flip, "Track 3" injects more of a house-centric movement into the equation, while "Track 4" heads off into sparser, more desolate territories that remind us of just how multi-talented this group of producers are. Unmissable, really...
Review: UK techno producer Blawan and Italian hardware aficionados The Analogue Cops have reunited as Parassela for a corporate culture-skewering new EP, HFFKEM (Hedge Fund Festivals Kill Electronic Music).
The four-track project will be released next month by Berlin-based label Overdraw, who describe the release as "an infuriated conglomerate of liquefied analogue leads, rotten oppressive drums and trenchant FM drubbings".
Review: The Analogue Copes, made up of the part machine-part man duo that is Lucretio and Marieu, have now solidly established themselves at the base of contemporary house and techno. Moreover, the pair have, and always have had, an instantly recognizable sound; their hardware approach and funky yet driving grooves are always a pleasure on both the Juno HQ speakers and the ol' Funktion One's. For their latest outing on the UK's Hypercolour imprint, they've chosen to deliver two tracks each: Lucretio comes through with the disco-filtered stabs of "Vampire Killer", and the 80's electro number "Shinobi World", while Marieu goes deeper and housier on "Corona", but leaves the funky servings for last on the excellent sample-fueled "McGraw". Quality, as per usual, from the Coppers.