House Of Black Lanterns - "Broken" (feat Ghettozoid - Unsubscribe remix) - (5:47)
House Of Black Lanterns - "Pale December" (Snow Ghosts version) - (3:51) 136 BPM
Second Storey - "Still Seas (Call Super's Fraud Loop)" - (4:25) 137 BPM
Special Request - "Lockjaw" (Akkord remix) - (4:26)
Unsubscribe - "Spek Hondje" (feat Bear Who - House Of Black Lanterns remix) - (7:10)
Here's a neat idea from Fabric's Houndstooth label to cap off a successful first year of operations: a compilation of tracks by label artists, remixed by other label artists. For the most part, the results are impressive, too. Paul Woolford dons his Special Request guise to deliver a dark, warped and surprisingly sparse remix of Akkord's "Destruction", while the latter gives the former's "Lockjaw" a hissing, blustery makeover - all analogue fuzz, titanium-clad riddims and dreamy vocal samples. Elsewhere, Unsubscribe delivers a pulsing, Italo-goes-post dubstep rework of House of Lanterns' "Broken", while Call Super's darting, building rework of Second Storey's "Still Seas" is a quietly upbeat techno delight. There's plenty here, then, to warrant further investigation.
Following on from the Kill The Lights LP on the ever-swelling Houndstooth imprint, King Cannibal's House Of Black Lanterns project drops a single from the album to stand on its own two feet. "You, Me, Metropolis" is an urgent, juke-fuelled prowler that lays the dystopian future shock on heavy through epic synth strokes, wielding the urgent rhythm of the drum patterns with the same forward-motion as Kuedo did on his LP. Meanwhile "Broken" gets a reworking from Unsubscribe, turning out an oppressive electro house interpretation that wouldn't sound out of place on Dave Clarke's World Service mix, and Breakage turns "Shot You Down" into a big room monster. Bringing the release full circle, "Worthless" is an original cut that sees more of that soothsayer footwork business tricking its way out of the speakers.
Switching stance from his bass-weighted mutant stepping as King Cannibal, Dylan Richards is now developing his own murky foray into 4/4 steeped in dread-filled atmospherics and plush sound design under the House Of Black Lanterns banner. With smatterings of electro and footwork, a M_nus-styled economy of arrangements and a spread of vocal turns from Leni Ward, Rudi Zygadlo and Juakali, Kill The Lights is operating on many levels while weaving its own gothic vision of what pop-inflected dance music can reach for in 2013. There's no doubt that Richards has succeeded in realising his vision for a beyond-the-grave listening experience that can still be accessible to a range of listeners.