11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Balearic beat-based house music evolved in the mid-'80s before becoming the staple of beach raves in Ibiza and European dance clubs during the early '90s. With his debut album, Fin, Barcelona's John Talabot builds on these bygone foundations. While there are colorful hints of nostalgia throughout, Talabot never really backpedals. More swampy than tropical, “Depak Ine” opens Fin with a murky ambience of croaking frogs and marshland crickets chirping, as synth tones inspired by Andy Fletcher and pulsing beats slowly seep into the mix. This flourishes into a gothic disco with a choir of haunting vocal samples. Madrid’s Pionel cameos as coproducer in the following “Destiny.” Similarly eerie tones are contrasted by Caribbean-tinged instruments and melancholy singing that would sound right at home on a Cabaret Voltaire recording. Talabot’s penchant for sonic pointillism surfaces in “When the Past Was Present,” a more unapologetically sentimental glimpse at a time when jabbing synths and handclaps flourished on the floor.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Balearic beat-based house music evolved in the mid-'80s before becoming the staple of beach raves in Ibiza and European dance clubs during the early '90s. With his debut album, Fin, Barcelona's John Talabot builds on these bygone foundations. While there are colorful hints of nostalgia throughout, Talabot never really backpedals. More swampy than tropical, “Depak Ine” opens Fin with a murky ambience of croaking frogs and marshland crickets chirping, as synth tones inspired by Andy Fletcher and pulsing beats slowly seep into the mix. This flourishes into a gothic disco with a choir of haunting vocal samples. Madrid’s Pionel cameos as coproducer in the following “Destiny.” Similarly eerie tones are contrasted by Caribbean-tinged instruments and melancholy singing that would sound right at home on a Cabaret Voltaire recording. Talabot’s penchant for sonic pointillism surfaces in “When the Past Was Present,” a more unapologetically sentimental glimpse at a time when jabbing synths and handclaps flourished on the floor.

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About John Talabot

A producer and DJ of mostly low-key house music designed for private and public settings, John Talabot (born Oriol Riverola in Spain) surfaced in 2006 under the names Oriol D.a.r.y.l. and just D.a.r.y.l. The first John Talabot 12", the three-track My Old School, was released in April 2009 on Germany's Permanent Vacation label. Two months later, a second 12", "Sunshine," was released on the producer's own Hivern Discs. Additional well-regarded singles followed on those two labels, as well as on Young Turks, throughout 2010 and 2011, while Talabot remixes for the likes of Tahiti 80 and Teengirl Fantasy piled up. Debut album ƒIN, including a handful of vocal tracks courtesy of Pional and Ekhi, appeared in February 2012 on Permanent Vacation. A special edition of the album added remixes from Bullion and Pachanga Boys, among others. Talabot mixed a volume of !K7's long-running DJ-Kicks series, released in November 2013. The mix included "Sideral," the first track produced by Talabot and Swedish producer Axel Boman under the name Talaboman. It was issued as a single in 2014, co-released by Hivern and Boman's Studio Barnhus. Talabot released the single "Without You" (!K7) in 2015, followed by "Voices" (Permanent Vacation) in 2016. In 2017, his debut full-length, The Night Land, was released by R&S. ~ Andy Kellman

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