Review: 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.
Ghettozoid - "Toy Boy" (House Of Black Lanterns remix)
Review: This second release on Fabric's new in-house label Houndstooth demonstrate they plan to be much more than an Ostgut Ton clone. House Of Black Lanterns is Dylan Richards, a Berlin based musician with previous form as King Cannibal, whose dark, industrial edged combination of D&B and dancehall saw a string of releases on Ninja Tune in 2009. This new project looks to be something quite different however; "Truth & Loss" sees bombastic sci-fi vistas held together with Autonomic style rhythms and footwork-inspired snares, while "Like A Warrior" pairs Juakali's vocals alongside a dubstep style instrumental with an early Skull Disco vibe. In the remix corner, Fracture reworks the title track into an bleak, dystopian D&B roller, while House Of Black Lanterns remixes a track called "Boy Toy" by the little known producer Ghettozoid, who has previously collaborated with Richards.
Review: 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.