Michigan’s John Beltran has spent his musical career as a shapeshifter. From his early work with Carl Craig to his more recent TV-friendly ambient work, Beltran made his name through clear stylistic shifts that would inevitably please some more than others. Few dispute that his masterpiece was the 1996 album Ten Days of Blue, a breakup album that went a long way to defining the ambient techno sound of the late 90s.
While many of that album’s best tracks were beatless, a clear highlight is the most club-friendly, Deluge. Colourful synths tumble ever forward, their hypnotism only increased by a frayed horn and the sturdy, unswerving kick. The arrangement is fleet-footed, effortlessly propulsive, in sharp contrast to the weighty chime which dominates the final minutes, bringing a near-religious sense of drama.