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FastFWD presents John Beltran (April 25th, 2008)
FastFWD presents John Beltran (April 25th, 2008)
Once again, FastFWD is always ready to bring you cutting edge music to the Orlando area. Nevertheless, they do it again and bring back a legend and now fresh out of the studio with his new cut on Mr. Bongo Records... FastFWD Presents John Beltran!

JOHN BELTRAN (Ubiquity Records / Mr. Bongo) Eleven years since John Beltran released his first project on Carl Craig's Retroactive Records he remains committed to his craft as a composer and producer exploring the realms electronic and dance music.

Hooking up with Ubiquity Records (by Beltrans own admission it's his favorite label!) he has visions of a larger sound with broader appeal. This debut album for the label, set for release at the end of the summer, will be as club-oriented as his work has ever been while incorporating live instrumentation to give the project a warm organic feel. Predominantly house tempo tracks with Brazilian undertones accompanied by a few down tempo nuggets the Beltran/Ubiquity album will be "listenable" and DJ friendly. His first Ubiquity 12" "Felicidad Nova" has been compared to the music of Masters At Work and is already turning heads stateside and abroad with the likes of Patrick Forge (De Lata), Ross Allen (Blue), and Rainer Truby (Compost) charting heavily.

Next-up for release is a single called "Bota Foga" (named after a district and football team in Rio), which is certain to build on the reputation of the first 12" – heavy batucada beats meet with a swinging two step/house hybrid beat, acoustic guitars and an irrestibable vocal hook. We hope it's an anthem for Summer 2002…Ubiquity is delighted to sign one of the USA's most talented producers, a guy who despite earning praise for his early works, has only just found his true sound. To date, Beltran has released five full length albums, mostly in Europe, earning critical acclaim from press, DJs and stores around the globe. His first full-length album release was with R+S records, Belgium in 1995. Entitled "Earth and Nightfall" it was a unique blend of new age and world music, classical, and a whole heap of Detroit Techno, which is where he lived before a recent move to Florida to.His second album "Ten Day's of Blue" was released in 1996 on Peace Frog records solidified took his profile up a notch with the track "Collage of Dreams" licensed for use in the movie Human Traffic. The third Beltran album "The Cry", also with Peace Frog, is not one that Beltran particularly likes anymore. However the record industry was paying attention with DJ/producer Patrick Forge rating it his second all time favorite album and Muzik placing it in the top 10 albums of 1997. Also that year was the release of "Moving Through Here" on R&S which saw a musical break for Beltran. "I needed a change," he explained. "It seemed that all of my songs sounded like recycled Detroit tracks, and that was bringing a brother down!" Inspired to try out new forms Beltran tinkered with drum and bass, bossa nova, salsa, trip hop, and jazz. His quest for something different made him a huge fan of labels like Compost and Ubiquity.

Pushing the idea of quality over quantity for the next 4 years Beltran managed only two new tracks, both released on LTJ Bukems "Earth 4" compilation. One was a house track called "Seven miles high" with a rolling bassline and latin percussion. But it was "Aztec Girl" that shed light on a new depth in Beltrans work. This live funky Brazilian, and jazzy samba track was tagged "a Latin epic" by Urb magazine and DJ Gilles Peterson demanded that LTJ Bukem give him the test pressing that he was playing, and that he wasn't leaving till he did (this is apparently a true story and not something we cooked-up at Ubiquity HQ!)

Developing his sound Beltran will release an album for Exceptional records in the UK entitled "Americano", due early this summer prior to the Ubiquity album. It's a chilled-out sun-kissed jazz affair "a wonderful prelude to love, sunsets, and late night clubbing," describes Beltran. Watch for the first single called "Caboclo" and other collaborations with Detroit musician/producer John Arnold. Don't forget to check out Beltran's brand new release on Mr. Bongo called "A Night in the Jazz Rooms".

Alongside with Mr. Beltran on this blissful evening is FastFWD's own Riverside and Dr. Um!

RIVERSIDE is a crew of music lovers that emerged from the Florida Future Jazz Collective. The group came together to build and support a community of open-minded music fans in Orlando and beyond. FastFWD promote events, support deejays & artists, and organize soulful gigs that inspire people to be moved by a variety of sounds. Moving Orlando's music scene forward and putting it on the global map is Riverside's plan. Through his amazing techician work through DJing, Producing and running FastFWD as a new emerging label, Riverside will keep an ecletic style that represents Orlando in a positive light and beyond.

Dr.UM a decade ago, he was roommates with Qburn's Abstract Message and worked for him at his record store, Bad Mood. John Drum (Dr. Um) started djing in 1997 out of a desire to make music for films. He had been collecting acid jazz and more traditional jazz artists. This led to the often difficult to label, "downtempo" genre and he found a love for all sorts of jazz and percussion based music. Maybe it was the last name? His sound is like a generous pot of gumbo: funk, jazz, soul, electronica, hip hop, sound samples, latin-afro house, acid jazz, dnb and broken beats. If you dig Gilles Peterson, we know you're gonna dig this.

The Peacock Room
1321 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

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