returning to hakt after his 2013 single n1, cale parks continues to chart a compelling new path with the lagoon fool ep, his second foray into solo production. as the current drummer for yeasayer and a prolific collaborator both in studio and live, cale’s creativity knows no genre. the five tracks on offer sneak from the beaten path, complicating signifiers of style, gently tweaking the standard grammar of club music, and remaining accessible all the while. assembled in his brooklyn studio, but sonically sourced from his grandparents’ tennessee farm, lagoon fool carries that sublime, somehow inviting ethos of the appalachian range. airy and tectonic at once, impeccably detailed, yet easily taken as a whole, it’s a rich, deceptively layered listen. as a skilled songwriter and a produce quickly proving his caliber, cale has composed a suite that demands multiple listens and a place at peaktime just the same
midnight moves. thats what comes to mind when you listen to cale parks s n1, preferably at an hour long after dusk has settled around you in some beautiful, insomniac city. parks finds – or more aptly, seeks – beauty and grace in ambience and shadows. n1 starts as pure atmosphere – it feels at first like a sort of lovely sonic nothingness slowly taking form – before growing into the darkly lit, gorgeous moodscape it later becomes. a sensual bassline, a pulsing downbeat, a cinematic piano, strains of italo disco, and the sensation of breezing down a lightless road. if you could make sensuous shapes of the night – imagine kneading the dark itself – it might, at the very best, feel like this. the task of remixing parks s original is taken up by french duo paradis, who can otherwise be heard making music on tim sweeney s beats in space label. the paris-based producers shine a brightening light on parks s dusky creation, quickening its pulse and trading in its darkwave undercurrents for enlivening techno and house. theres an element of floating here – a dreaminess in the rhythms, an astral aspect to the keys beaming through the beats. and with the addition of vocals, sung in french – a pop finishing touch on a song that already feels like an earworm – the transformation is complete. this excellent introduction to cale parkss music is also his debut release on the hakt label.
chicago-rooted, disco influenced tracks from john camps excellent solo debut, out on the hakt label, are reinvented by some of dance musics industry captains. once again, the hakt label offers a collection of songs that pulse through the night and bring life to the dance floor.
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, joness impeccable sense of sound has led him to produce some of dance musics 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 tale
as a dj/producer/label owner, anthony collins is a man of many talents. since first landing on the decks as a young 17-year-old in france to holding down some of new yorks finest parties and uncovering new talent from different corners of the globe, collins remains a steady fixture in todays evolving electronic scene. an explorer of different soundscapes, collins is widely known for delivering strings of quality releases. this april, hakt recordings proudly presents lie to me, the latest diamond in the rough by collins.
as a producer, chris manik has never shied away from incorporating his affinity for different music genres and styles into his celebrated namesake material. as proven on previous releases, his innovative and sultry blend of house music has garnered praise from audiences worldwide.
following a wave of success with previous releases, harold boue aka abstraxion is gearing up to release his debut lp, break of lights, via have a killer time later this year. but first, the french dj/producer & biologic records founder delivers his moon ep in honor of the stunning single from the album complete with remix duties by factory floor, death in vegas and pvt.
hardly a stranger to the scene, ash moses first made a name for himself in dj booths across his hometown of sydney. it wasnt long before the bonafide musician crossed the dj booth threshold into the realm of production under the tunnel signs moniker and, eventually, as one-half of the death strobe label, where he released his debut sun ep
nice price deal !!! though this is camps debut solo release and first offering on hakt recordings, listeners have heard from him before. last year, he was featured on no regular plays debut album, endangered species, out on wolf + lamb. he also appeared on the track no more time, along with collaborator michael christopher, from the zurich-based cityfox label. and in april 2012, he was featured on a track from double standard records, the vinyl-only imprint from wolf lambs gadi mizrahi.