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his new cd is coming out soon... anyone heard any of it? i listened to some of the stuff on his myspace... "A Mind Blows Everyday" is my favorite... I heard there is a BusyPeople remix... any ideas?
JOHN BELTRAN presents NOSTALGIC
"GOING HOME EP"
CATALOG#: GROOVIA 002
RELEASE DATE: 9/18/06
FORMAT: VINYL RECORD 4TRACK EP (NO DIGITAL FORMAT AVAILABLE)
WHO IS JOHN BELTRAN??
ABOUT THIS EP:
The sparse composition of dazzling melodies interspersed over a clacking bassline is reminiscent of Michigan’s vast, uncluttered cityscapes dotted with blinking fluorescent streetlights and passing headlights. Minimal but not sterile, Beltran restrains from making his music too personal so I’m able to mentally drive along my own private Detroit. As an artist, Beltran’s sound is constantly re-orientating: he’s mastered both tripped-out ambient and Brazilian house. Though these cultural influences correspond with his travels— from his origins in Lansing, MI to Miami to LA and back to Lansing — he never strays too far from his signature minimal style.
<<<<<“Going Home,” the standout track, addresses this nomadic lifestyle. The accelerating tempo mimics his heart beating in anticipation, while the soaring melody and warm pulsations lift you up and rush you back to the people and the place you’ve been longing for.
<<<<<While the rest of the EP is a series of sonic snapshots that journal Beltran’s life and travels, “Placid Angles” glances backwards at his former identity as producer for labels Peacefrog and Retroactive (Carl Craig). Aside from the whispery female confessional, this self-proclaimed “poetic house track” gets funky with a bouncy bassline, handclaps, and spaced-out keys — ideal for warming up the dancefloor.
<<<<<“Sweet Soul” is a float in the wonders of the present. With past explorations in various Latin styles, Beltran seems to have made peace with his heritage while crediting his industrial hometown. The incessant Latin rhythms shuffle alongside delicate droplets of keys, while reassuring bursts of a melodic clarinet alternate with resonating percussion in the background.
<<<<<While these songs retread and reflect the past, ultimately Nostalgic is about coming to terms with your history without being defined by it.
Hey check out
They gave big thums up to GOING HOME EP (which is only on vinyl.)
Also.... John's album "Human Engine" coming soon. John Beltran is making a great kick off for this nostalgic autum season!
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