CMU Approved

Approved: John Talabot

By | Published on Wednesday 22 February 2012

John Talabot

A presence on the Spanish house circuit since 2010 – when ‘Sunshine’, arguably his breakthrough single, came out – foil-faced producer John Talabot released his debut album ‘fIN’ to broad critical plaudits earlier this month. A previous collaboration with Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow (one-off single ‘Families’) led to an alliance with label Young Turks, who have also released the new record.

And YT’s investment, at least, seems safe, given that ‘fIN’ proves Talabot a natural at unlacing the seam at which deep house, disco and dance-pop intercept, otherwise known as that rarest of inter-genre sweet spots. There’s a clement Mediterranean sheen to the shapes, segues and phrases in ‘fIN’, from the bracing coastal grooves of ‘When The Past Was Present’ to the tamped-down heats of final track (and a second featuring Pional) ‘So Will Be Now…’, that places it on a cliff’s edge of sheer excellence. Sighing audibly of sun, sea and blue-hued Barcelona nights, the LP comes to represent a sort of moment-in-time snapshot of Talabot’s accumulated expertise to date, auguring well in its scale and quality.

Now accompanying SBTRKT on his Australian tour, Talabot is also booked in at this year’s Primavera Sound for what he bills his ‘first ever live show’. So as we all ponder how exactly we’re to afford tickets and an airfare for that, here’s ‘fIN’ poster track ‘Destiny’ to remind us that if it’s not meant to be, it’s just not meant to be.