Styles: Ambient Techno, Detroit Techno
The first release from John Beltran is the impressive Earth & Nightfall. Immediately distinctive, Beltran's skills as a producer become apparent from the opening track, the chilled "Blue World", which employs scattered synth work and vocal sampling to great effect. The album, when viewed as a whole, establishes a sound which is more than the sum of it's influences (Detroit Techno and Ambient Techno in the vein of early Warp releases (particularly the Artificial Intelligence series ). While his later work sometimes missfired, this album (along with Ten Days Of Blue and his release The Cry under the Placid Angles moniker) is essential for any Beltran fan.