| James Talk |
|Guest @ Funkin'!|
||Be it via his DJing or studio work,|
James Talk’s unique funky tech and acid house sound can already hold claim for causing mayhem on many of the world’s finest dancefloors, and all at the age of just 23. Hailing from the murkiest waters of Southampton, James has already achieved a tremendous amount at such a young age and it seems like things aren't slowing down either.
2006 has been spent by Talky laying the foundations and releasing his first mix compilation; the second installment of the Thinking Out Loud series. The mix incorporates big up party electrohouse, squelching acid lines and funky bass and is set to propel James to a new level. James launched the compilation at Miami WMC and followed this by embarking on a major UK tour supporting the CD. This incorporated major gigs at Product at Stealth (Nottingham), Type at The Cross (London), High Tide at The Opera House (Bournemouth) and his Curfew Time residency at Turnmills (London) amongst others. In 2006 James has also been rocking the dancefloors at Shindig (Newcastle), ClubClass (Ministry Of Sound, London), Ageha (Tokyo), Apriori (Moscow), Furry Music (Oslo) and at Sphinx (Gdansk, Poland). This follows his superb performances in 2005 alongside the likes of Nic Fanciulli, Lee Burridge, James Zabiela and Desyn Masiello at nights such as Godskitchen (Birmingham), Punchfunk (Portsmouth) and Renaissance (The Cross, London).
In the studio James has been just as prolific with eight awesome remixes completed including Meat Katie & Aquasky’s ‘Feathers’ (on Adrift Records), Denney ‘The Phantom’ (Saved), Kid Blue ‘Nothing To Lose’ (Lot49) and Hyper ‘Twisted Emotions’ (Hope). And if that wasn’t enough James has been flat out with his original productions. His collaboration with Audiofly called ‘Cool Wet Grass’ is soon to be released on Get Physical, whilst ‘House Rhythm’ and ‘Wiggle Wiggle Shake Shake’ were the first releases on his new label Spoken Recordings, with his and Dave Robertson’s ‘Mine & His EP’ and a full artist album to follow.
Such efforts follow an excellent start to James’ career in which three of his productions were signed to Saved Records, whilst further work for Nu-Republic Records and Phil Docherty's Pravo Recordings also gave James massive exposure. ‘Love That Acid’ reached no. 10 in the UK Buzz Charts, whilst ‘Get Down’ featured on Nic Fanciulli’s Renaissance mix compilation. These efforts received support from the likes of John Digweed, Sasha, Steve Lawler and Danny Howells and James continues to enjoy the support from these individuals to this very day. James has also worked with none other than Pete Tong in the studio, with the duo completing a remix of Wally Lopez for Pacha Records.
2006 has also been an outstanding year for James with Nic Fanciulli, Sander Kleinenberg and Fergie all choosing him as their breakthrough artist for the year in DJ Mag’s Top 100 issue and IDJ magazine featuring James in their February issue in an article in which the magazine chose twenty prospects on course for great things in 2006. Further press in IDJ came in July, this time a full page spread in the ‘Bubblin Under’ section of the magazine in July in which the magazine again proclaimed James as one of the UK’s hottest rising talents. And with future gigs at many of the planet’s seminal club nights, numerous sensational productions due for release on world class record labels and the continued growth of his own Spoken Recordings who are we to argue!
“James Talk is without question one of the brightest new lights on dance music’s horizon. Emerging last year, from Zabelia’s Southampton based electronica gang, few new dj’s have got off to such an impressive start. Juggling production, remixing and dj-ing from the start James epitomises what it takes to get noticed in the world of dance music. He is a man on a mission!” Pete Tong