Boomkat Product Review:
One of techno music's most soulful heads, John Beltran returns for Styrax offshoot Millions Of Moments with some typically high quality and affecting dancefloor variations. John is responsible for some of Detroit techno and house's finest moments with releases for Carl Craig's seminal retroactive label under his Placid Angles pseudonym, and some of my personal favourites from the Peacfrog catalogue on the classic Earth & Nightfall LP. John's talent hasn't gone unrecognised of late though, with MoM's stylistic brethren Styrax Leaves picking up a selection of Beltran classics for reissue a couple of years ago, introducing a new generation of minimal loving techno fiends to another world of lush and soulful Detroit techno styles. On A-side 'Nolita' John marries a defined afro-rhythmic percussion palette highly reminiscent of Derrick May, with similarly Afro tinged synth timbres in the finest classical Detroit style, finishing up with a breathtaking synth outro that won't fail to bring a tear to the eye of even the most stoical techno heads. 'Sunburn' on the flip is another slice of primed Detroit goodness, this time cut from tricky electro styled percussion, and complimented by Beltrans jazzing fills and accomplished musicianship which elevate the track to a whole other level. seriously classy stuff and highly recommended.