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HAKT001 - Walter Jones - Utopiano Project EP

4 tracks, 22.32 HAKT Recordings on October 09, 2012 15:44


What more appropriate artist could possibly be featured on the inaugural release from HAKT Recordings – the new label from dance music fixture Justin Miller, formerly of DFA Records – than DJ and producer Walter Jones? Over the course of a career that began in the late ‘80s, Jones’s impeccable sense of sound has led him to produce some of dance music’s high water marks of the last decade – while his unflagging standards of quality control have made his own catalog a restrained display of taste and talent. With critically lauded output including 2009’s “Living Without Your Love” under his belt, Jones has become known among house music fans as a source of reliably great dance music. His latest output, the fantastic Utopiano Project, has a twofold effect: it both continues Jones’s reputation as a discriminating music maker, and serves as a breathtaking launch pad for the new Miller’s HAKT label.

The songs featured here are as varied as you might hope to find on a recording that still manages to move without a hitch through its four songs. “Talk to Me” opens with a series of pulses like robo-ized choral singers emoting in tones, a clever play on the song’s title. The track lifts into a beat-driven house round of dance floor ecstasy, complete with keys that glisten and a propulsive grind at the heart of it all. “Made in Holland,” though as danceable as its predecessor, is less intense, with funk underpinnings and spaceship gurglings percolating their way through. “Hands in the Sand” uses sun-bleached AM Gold (along with samba gleanings) as a blissful foundation for singer Aily’s sweetly dreamy vocals. And the Lauer remix opts to drag the song away from the beach and back to the dancefloor with slow, whirling keys and a repeated house synthline that insists you move. The sum total, at its peak, is an invitation to make the most of the night and to, above all, have a killer time.


Bicep - Made In Holland is the one.

Axel Boman - great release! love all tracks but got goosebumps from the lauer remix! awesome! thanks for this.

Jacques Renault - Excellent first release, I'll be playing the Lauer mix in the club for sure.

Paradis - We really like the vibe of the Lauer mix, we'll definitely be playing this one! Great artwork also! big up.

Mark E - Talk to me is my favourite, best thing im my inbox for quite a while, it really is excellent. and so is the lauer mix, as usual he does a superb job. will be playing this over the weekend and forever probably.

Ewan Pearson - Talk to Me is ecstatic bliss. Love it.

Severino (Horsemeat Disco) - Talk to me is GREAT.

Tobias Lidström (Local Talk) - Great tracks, congrats on a mighty fine release!

Oliver (Robert Johnson) - What a lovely release. Lauer's remix is my favourite.

Aaron Coultate (Juno Plus) - Walter is a don. “Hands In The Sand” is the one for me.

James Friedman (Throne Of Blood) - Lauer is the bomb! loving that dude's production and remixes.

Wolfram - really killer release. perfect label start.

Coyote - Talk to me & Lauer mix for us

Fabrizio Mammarella - really enjoying the whole ep, especially Hands in the Sand and Talk To Me. Lauer remix is great too, he's on fire!

Bonar Bradberry - what a great first release to kick things off - great e.p. really liking Talk to me and the Lauer remix  keep em coming! 


Dan Beaumont (Jam Factory/Dalston Superstore) - This is big! thanks for sending... sounds great, can't wait to play it out.

Max Pask (Popullete) - Love that Lauer remix!

Ed / Rodion - pitched vocals on talk to me original quite drive me crazy. cool and trippy number.

Red Rack'em - It's been a while since Walter has put anything out but it's been well worth the wait. What a lovely chord sequence and warm feeling on Talk To Me and Made in Holland is dope too. Will definitely be supporting on the Smugglers Inn radio show.

Released by: HAKT Recordings
Release/catalogue number: HAKT001
Release date: Nov 19, 2012

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