The sound espoused in Lost Machine are echoes of the almost forgotten UK techno scene. Lost Trax mesh some modern moments with reflection. TCM serve up recollection.
The evenings are getting longer. The temperature is tipping double digits. Spring appears to be in the air. Best get some techno on the turntable. Tabernacle Records return from Winter’s hibernation with a second helping of Lost Trax and The Connection Machine on the vinyl release of Lost Machine.
“B01” and Lost Trax start with measured techno nostalgia. The sound of the 90’s seeps through, but a clean acid line tethers the piece to contemporaneity. There’s an sinister subtlety working the backdrop, one pulsing with a clinical intensity. TB 303 currents persist into “Dominion.” The track, a scattered piece of electronics, pits the past against the present. The Connection Machine occupy the flip. “Klute” is a retrospective journey into techno. The track borders on ambience, expounding a return to the sounds of Beaumont Hannant or early Degiorgio—a cerebral prelude to “After.” TCM end as they began. The finale is a work of warm electronics. Aching with the ghosts of bygone UK techno, TCM construct a considered and rounded finish.
Techno has taken many forms over the years. Detroit has been a heavy hitter since Underground Resistance, and somewhat before. Berlin had its time, arguably too much. The sound espoused in Lost Machine are echoes of the almost forgotten UK techno scene. Lost Trax mesh some modern moments with reflection. TCM serve up recollection. Dewy eyes gaze into the past and resurrect some of the now ambiguous sounds of GPR, Likemind and New Electronica. Nourishing nostalgia for some, a guided tour into the packed vaults of techno past for others.
Lost Machine is available on Tabernacle.