There’s some irony in the fact that, having gained prominence in the electronic scene back in 2010 with his single ‘Sunshine’, John Talabot should go and release a debut record that’s connotations are quite the opposite of blue skies and sandy beaches. Don’t get me wrong – that track wasn’t exactly the epitome of chillwave, was it? It was a slow-burner, a track whose bassline carried it gradually upwards on an ethereal level.

ƒIN isn’t quite this summer’s soundtrack, but it isn’t quite night music either. Talabot certainly has a way with progression: opener ‘Depak Ine’ is not only the longest cut on the record but it’s also the track I found myself coming back to the most. It’s rich melody slowly creeps out of it’s moody, insect-chirping intro and layers itself into a fully-fleshed head-nodding, foot-tapping anthem.

‘Destiny’ however - featuring vocals from Pional - demonstrates Talabot’s ability to build a groove into his beats and really take his progressive approach to the dancefloor. There’s great chemistry between Pional’s voice and the glistening vibes that are sprinkled throughout this track, really allowing it to soar.

Tracks like ‘Missing You’ and ‘Last Land’ aren’t exactly floor fillers, but they’re almost certainly soundscapes of twilight, whether in Barcelona or not. The sheer sense of scale to the latter and the depth of its melody would make any sunset seem more awe-inspiring than ever. This is music to walk around to at its finest and most ambiguous: whether you’re on a beach in the Maldives or in the outbacks of Zimbabwe, Talabot makes sure that wherever you are, you’re taking it all in with eyes wide open.

Listening to Talabot layer his sounds on top of one another with such finesse is like watching a great chef mix an array of weird and wonderful ingredients together with the utmost delicacy right in front of your eyes. Every track here is so well produced it’s hard to fault the guy. Some may find his withdrawn, build-and-release style to be a little hard to get into, but the more time you spend with this album the more you get sucked into Talabot’s world – one which, if you’ve seen his press shots – is wrapped in tinfoil; shut off from the outside and kept in the dark to manfiest into something completely otherworldly. The first great electronic record of 2012 has landed, and it’s taking you on a trip around the world – and beyond.