Monday 12 November 2012


Last time we wrote about Barcelona's darling of dark house music at the moment John Talabot it was all about his new album released earlier this year (spring time), ƒIN. This time around, it's about that same album, except this time it's getting a bit of a rejig and a quasi-re-release as ƒIN - Special Edition. Sounds need enough, but what's so special about it?

It's not just a straight-up re-release with a fancier-looking album sleeve, it's a whole new album, with new tracks that are only played on tour and other remixes and versions of original tracks done by new artists. As the sound of ƒIN was so wide and encompassing, toying with the kind of sound found in the fissures between light, ear-friendly dance, and the somewhat jagged waves that offer up a darker, newer, more introspective dance sound. That was the overall sound. The special edition of that album carries on in the same vein, illustrated quite perfectly by two unreleased outtakes, 'Mai Mes' and 'Tragedial'.

As with all John Talabot songs, there is a great utilisation of the many different layers of 'Mai Mes'; what starts off as a very simple track ends up a veritable club sandwich of sawtoothed bass synth, various Oriental-sounding, reverbed strings and bells, a repeating melody that is so pleasing to the ears that it's hard not to think you're already familiarised with this track on first listen, and a high-pitched vocal sample wailing over the top of everything towards the end.

The same can be said of 'Tragedial', however this is a much more understated track, perhaps lacking the familiar hook of 'Mai Mes', that revels in ambience rather than trying to persuade people to dance. It still showcases the wonderful building blocks of sound that John Talabot puts together for our listening pleasure, highlighting his ability to multiply many different sounds without everything getting jumbled or clustered - everything has its place.

If you'd like to hear more of this, plus other remixes of this kind of stuff, then you should be on the lookout for John Talabot's special edition of ƒIN, released 30th November on Permanent Vacation.

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