JB³ ‎– Close Grind

NovaMute ‎– NoMu50CD
CD, Album


1 Time 6:20
2 Curb 4:00
3 Back Porch 4:48
4 Loose Kick 5:25
5 Presence 4:09
6 The View 5:25
7 Upper 1:52
8 Believer 6:59
9 Forklift (Classic '93 Mix) 5:29

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Made in Great Britain
℗ 1996 Mute Records LTD © 1996 Mute Records LTD

Recorded at On-One (...of course)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5016025681777
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5016025681778
  • Label Code: LC 5834
  • Matrix / Runout: C3823 NOMU 50 CD
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 2310

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none JB³ Close Grind(Cass, S/Sided, Album, Promo) NovaMute none UK 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8424652 5 JB³ Close Grind(CD, Album) NovaMute 7243 8424652 5 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
3033-2 JB³ Close Grind(CD, Album) NovaMute 3033-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
NoMu50LP jb³ Close Grind(2x12", Album) NovaMute NoMu50LP UK 1996 Sell This Version
MUSDJ6-2 JB³ Close Grind(CD, Album, Promo) NovaMute MUSDJ6-2 US 1996 Sell This Version


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July 16, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Amazing sound of the "Times" theme. Strange and magical melody to setback when you get used to it. So mystical in my 17s sunday club mornings


July 17, 2009

After I revisited this one earlier today, I find it half as interesting as I did years ago. Truth be told, I was never that much of a Joey Beltram fan after he broke ties with R & S, but whereas his debut on Tresor, "Places", had a fine balance between banging club cuts and intriguing details and arrangements, "Close grind" goes straight for the dance floors, and may I admit, choses the lowest common denominator to please them. I guess this is the release where Joey started the atrocious era in his career when he sampled a single loop and let it rips for 4-5 minutes in every track. Disco, easy digestible loops with simple yet pounding 4x4 percussion is all over.
Don't get me wrong though. The production is great, Joey delivers a massive sound, and as far as club friendly techno go, this was some of the most played stuff back then. Thing is, it is utterly pointless trying to listen to this. All the tracks are too linear, too repetitive, with no changes and/or twists at all. If you are a DJ, these tunes will tear clubs to shreds!
I mean, imagine a crowd not going absolutely berserk when the hook in Forklift drops!
Point is, a three minute segment tops from any of these tracks will bring immense joy, a continuous forty four minute listening experience of "Close grind" is painful, I must admit.
Extremely well produced, carefully moulded loops, hooks and bass lines for maxed-out club experience, but overall, this is so formulaic, cold and needs an obvious injection of ideas.
This is a very easy one to track down, but if you are looking to get started with Joey Beltram, may I suggest digging harder and deeper, and seeking out the aforementioned album on Tresor, or any of his early classics, which can be found on the 1996 "Classics" collection.


May 3, 2008

Bright, colourful techno. Ideal music for dancefloors. Joey Beltram (JB3 is his alias) makes commercial techno. It is commercial because this music is good-selling and people can`t sit, when DJ plays tracks from this album. The Beltram`s style of techno is unique. Must listen techno album. Good work from good label. This music was very hard for non-experienced party people. Also over then 50% of tracks of this albums appears on many techno mixes at cds.


October 14, 2005
edited over 14 years ago

WARNING: This album will make your speakers hate you. Techno legend Joey Beltram trades the hoover for hard techno with a collection of punchy, no-nonsense rhythm trax that will add beef to any mix. No divas, piano breaks, or ragga toasters here - just brain damaging beats.

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