Joey Beltram

The Sound of 2 AM

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For the most part, the eternally famous producer of the life-changing song "Energy Flash" lays down a 17-track hard house set that only occasionally heads into techno territory. Of course, just because Beltram spins hard house doesn't mean that this is a bad mix; on the contrary, the producer sounds mighty impressive in terms of mixing and keeps the mix jumping with energy and momentum. But it is whenever he does drop the occasional techno track, such as Christian Smith and John Selway's "Weather" or the Advent's "Sketch 1," the set reaches it zenith of intensity. The house tracks work fine as high-energy dancefloor material, but when the music hardens and gets dizzying during the techno tracks, one remembers how Beltram initially achieved his fame. The concluding rush of his own monolithic Tresor anthem, "Ballpark," reminds listeners of the problem with this album. There is nothing wrong with Beltram's choice to spin house, but it's unfortunate that he doesn't focus more on the style of aggressive, industrial-flavored techno that he tends to produce so well.

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