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Lost Trax  Lost Trax 2 SCSI-AV (ID026, 12” + digital)

Not even the Discogs database can get it right: in the first entry for “Lost Trax”, the author is unknown; in the second, it’s who we think it should be, meaning that it’s a Lost Trax enigma which continues to exist as one of these little mistaken identity mysteries which techno sometimes throws our way so we can play guessing games. Who is behind this sporadic series of pieces in the classic Detroit style? The label SCSI-AV hasn’t given us any clues –and presumably only one person knows- but they give the impression that Lost Trax is modern but sounds old, suggesting that, maybe, these clues are discoveries from the back of the drawer where they’ve been lost, and that what we have on our hands are classic lost objects found in the attic - the buried treasure where X marks the spot. This precise treasure is two compositions, which in this case are produced with ties to the most romantic of trends: expert drum machines, countless pads that sound like the light of a star going out in the distance, like in the early stage of the label Planet E, from Detroit techno. “Birth” has that old Detroit quality which has been exported to Europe by labels like Buzz, while on the A-side “The Sequel” gets you hooked to “Lost Trax 2” with the first part. In particular “The Saturiun System” seems like a performance with less bite and more galactic projection from the legendary “The Final Frontier” by Underground Resistance , specifically for its use of the 303 as an essential part of the track. The only difference is that in “The Sequel” there’s no acid line, but still, the hypnotic effect is identical. Now, we only have to ask Lost Trax that once again we aren’t made to wait four more years for the next album. It’s not fair to play with people’s feelings like that. Javier Blánquez

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