‘Without You’ is released as part of !K7 record’s internationally applauded DJ-Kicks twelve inch series. This soothing, heady contribution by mysterious Barcelona based DJ/producer John Talabot features original mixes alongside a selection of remixes chosen and compiled by Talabot. Featuring an all star line up of pioneering artists including Melchoir Productions Ltd, Oskar Offermann and Mistakes Are Ok, this long awaited package is a moving compilation of irresistible, gently melancholic melodies.
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- Without You by John Talabot
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 25 March 2015
John Talabot is another electronic man that likes to wear masks, a stunt shared with fellow electronic men Deadmau5 and Daft Punk. Ok that’s a bit unfair to Mr. Talabot, the Barcelonian beatmaker whose 2012 album fIN (or however he wants it capitalised) shocked and soothed the dance music community. Now he’s back in the 12” game til his label gets pushy or broke or both, with a new record out on the DJ Kicks single series.
The original is a slow house groover in which an innocent dreamy voice drifts across the mix while melancholy chords fizzle away in the background. His sense of simple rhythm as natural as Nicolas Jaar, Talabot weaves melody and beat into a chill, easily digestible whole. Mistakes Are Ok’s remix at the final spot on the 12” hardly deviates from this, both in pace and individual sounds. Think of it as a minor variation.
Upping the tempo for a more minimal tech-house interpretation is Germany’s Melchior Productions Ltd. Don’t worry, it’s not as corporate as you’d think. It exists in a lightly reverbed universe of minute melodic slices, the loops rolling continuously til the end - Thomas Melchior is a name to note. The remaining remix from Oskar Offerman strips back the production so that voice and synth are barely poking through the machine rhythms - a dubbed out sunset/rise anthem for when you’re not quite feeling the jump-up spirit. Aside from the passable ‘Midnight version’, this is a sweet little single for those that like a bit of deep melody in their house and techno.
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