So Will Be Now... feat. Pional
Label: Permanent Vacation
On his debut album, Barcelona's John Talabot builds upon the Balearic house foundations of his earlier singles without ever getting tripped up in retro fealty or tropical affect. Instead, he lets his loops lead him towards pop's ballooning outline, hovering somewhere in the middle between hypnotic disco and full-on sing-along. Madrid's Pional sings and co-writes two of the LP's strongest songs, but the whole thing's meant to be listened to in one go, from dusky rainforest chants to all-out electro-pop reverie.