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Boomkat Product Review:
More B12 / AFX / Black Dog-style cloud-punching electronic effervescence from veteran producer John Beltran, who made a triumphant return in 2019 with 'First Blue Sky'. Nowt new here, but hard to complain cuz it's decent stuff.
There's enuff people making OG-sounding Artificial Intelligence era electronics at the moment, but we have to give John Beltran a pass, mostly 'cuz he's been doing it since way back when. "Touch the Earth" doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel and doesn't have to - Beltran's real skill is his command of harmony and melody, and his tracks sound as unshakably beautiful as they ever did.
'Deep Blue' is like classic Clear-era Plaid, all bouncy drums and staccato synth blasts; 'Clouds Over Clifden' is like Squarepusher without the drums; 'At One With' is like Global Communication at their most haunted. Our fave though is when Beltran runs into a couple of contemporary faves, collaborating with Baby Blue and Malibu on 'Beauty Begins'. It's cheesy, but in the best way - tears in the club for sure.