"Vampire Killer" is easily one of the most audacious A1s of the year. Lucretio lays down a pounding rhythm track, but the bassline sounds kind of funny. Thin and bit-crushed, it eventually grows into the entire 8-bit theme from Vampire Killer, an early game in the Castlevania series, which sits remarkably well in a techno chassis. Though the production is silly, Lucretio's quasi-anthemic treatment of it is hard to argue with, especially once he starts pulling the drums in and out. He flips the formula for the more reflective "Shinobi World," where the 8-bit arpeggios flutter sweetly over softer percussion. This time the song he's sampling is more dynamic, and there's a delightful pomp-and-circumstance to its bleepy somersaults and twirls.
Marieu taps into a less flashy sort of nostalgia for his side of the record. "McGraw" is a raw breakbeat track built on drums that sound as if they've been sitting in an attic for decades. Screaming vocal cut-ups add to the frenzy, and like the best of his productions, the roughness is endearing. "Corona" dials down the energy, settling into a vintage techno groove that whooshes like a cooling fan. Marieu's tracks are a solid addition to the catalogue, while Lucretio's are some of the best bearing the Analogue Cops name.