Joey Beltram

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The title of Joey Beltram's fourth mix album takes on a special meaning after reading the inside statement of purpose: "The continuous mix heard here was recorded straight through and not edited in any way." Of course, it couldn't be any other way for a chance-taker like Beltram, a techno renegade and among the least likely to ever be associated with any Pro Tools-heavy mixes like the ones streaming out of Global Underground's hard drive. Burning through almost two dozen tracks in over an hour, Beltram stays on a course of hard techno, but offers up so much variety and so many change-ups that it sounds positively rangy. Midway through -- and beginning with his own remix of "A Gig in Cannes" by Conga Squad -- he briefly switches over to more of a high-energy disco sound, but ends with a few of his own harder productions and Jeff Mills' "Dynamic."

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