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About John Talabot

body&soul will host a very special end of year party in the Button Factory on Saturday  7 December. John Talabot, the man responsible for our favourite album of 2012, and a number of your favourite tracks of 2013, will debut his DJ Kicks Tour on the night. There will also be a healthy slice of additional art features and special performances on the night with lots of special guests to be announced very, very soon.

If where a musician comes from inevitably influences their music, that's doubly the case with John Talabot's instalment of !K7's renowned DJ-Kicks mix series. The result is a mix steeped in Talabot's home town, the clubs he went to growing up, the music he heard, the sound he's gone on to craft with his own productions and take to the world. Last year, his debut album, 'Ƒin', was garlanded with praise. "All of humanity seems to be here—and it's busy celebrating being alive," wrote one critic. Add to which, he toured with The XX for much of 2012, and his label, Hivern, released some killer electronic music by artists such Kresy, Aster and New Jackson. Talabot feels very much like the man of the moment.
His DJ-Kicks mix takes it back to the beginning, where it all began. There are obscurities such as ‘I Love’ by Paradise’s Deep Groove, a moody, bass-driven deep house track from 1992. "Those are tracks that are part of my history as a DJ, things that I discovered going to club nights in Barcelona," explains Talabot. "They are really obscure old records," he continues. "It's hard to buy them on vinyl and you can't really get them digitally. So putting them on this mix is like rescuing an old vinyl record. I've had both those records for ten years and I listen to them a lot. They are really special to me."
Then there are the tracks that he played when he first started DJing. For example, the Jurgen Paape remix of 'Silikron' by Kron. "That sums up that Kompakt sound perfectly, very Cologne," says Talabot. "I've never heard anyone else play it, either in a club or on a mix. When I was compiling the mix I went to my mum's place and went through my whole collection. When I found that one, I was like, Yes, this has to be on there. It takes me back 15 years or something, to when I first started."