Third Side is the name for the studio creations between Steffi andLucretio and Marieu, a.k.a the Analogue Cops.
Together they prepare to release the debut Third Side LP, 'Unified
Fields', on Restoration Records. 8 tracks of warm, club-leaning house,
techno and electro roll, shake, rattle and shimmer across 2 lovingly
pressed pieces of vinyl. The result of numerous studio sessions where
everything is carefully controlled in a live environment, without
computer editing, the project offers a rare insight into the classic
foundations of club music, arguably becoming otherwise lost in this
As the Analogue Cops, Lucretio and Marieu maintain a unique position
in a scene swamped by conformity, conservatism and digital
(mass)production. Very much a peaceful uprising against the trend for
downloads and Digital DJing, the pair play live using their colourful
collection of machines, and release music only on vinyl on their
self-run label 'Restoration', alongside other vinyl-only platforms run
by colleagues. Their music is raw, tough, classic, funky and bold,
which very much fits with the tastes and styles presented by a certain
Berlin based music lover - Steffi.
After discovering similar blood ran through their musical veins, the
pair began working with Steffi, an established producer in her own
right , with releases like her beautiful debut album 'Yours & Mine'
featuring classic gear at its core. Steffi also has a long-standing
connection with vinyl culture, initially running the celebrated
Klakson label, and now also her Dolly imprint which promotes an edgy,
analogue take on modern house and techno.
Some three years ago, after getting together in the studio and
marrying their collection of hardware, a more refined sound began to
emerge though their sessions. Through Steffi's attention to detail
came a distinct clarity; a cleaner aesthetic sculpted with more
precision, and thanks to the Cops' energetic thirst for the groove,
the trio found exciting new ground.
Collaborations with fellow hardware enthusiast nd_baumecker ensued,
and with the stunning vocals of Virginia, they forged a bright new
path with their own sound. The group began to release individual EPs,
firstly with the punchy 'NYX EP' and later with nd_baumecker too, as
they created the visceral 'Retro Vogue / Burning EP' that quickly
became a sell out rarity. Indeed, both nd_baumecker and Virginia
feature on the 'Unified Fields' LP, adding to the 'group' feeling and
collective good vibes.
Now as the group prepare a brand new, all-hardware live show, and
begin to go on tour to support the album, Third Side proves that
friendship, machines and cultural awareness make a great combination! Read more