With releases on Warp Records (as Zilla), Ninja Tune (as King Cannibal) and the likes of Houndstooth and Hypercolour (as House of Black Lanterns) on his CV, Berlin based Dylan Richards is one of electronica’s most widely travelled and respected artists, a reputation sure to be burnished with the release this November of his new album ‘You Were Telling Me of Mountains’.
Having experimented with Hip-Hop, Drum’n’Bass, Dancehall, Dubstep, Techno and House throughout his career, ‘Mountains’ sees Richards bring everything together to tackle the Everest of recorded music, the concept album. Electing to self release the album via Bandcamp, this creative control and freedom has allowed Richards to present the album exactly as he wants, as two pieces of music each containing several movements.
Now Richards is streaming one of the album’s movements, ‘Triumphantism’, on Soundcloud and has made it available to download for free here.
‘You Were Telling Me Of Mountains’ is out on November 6th via Bandcamp.
Having won fans around the world in 2014 with their acclaimed live A/V show and remixes for the likes of Bon Iver, Arsenal and School Is Cool, Flemish trio VUURWERK have signed to UK independent Lo Recordings and in February release the G.R.I.P. EP, featuring the vocals of Climb X.
With previous releases on labels such as US indie Mush under the name Jealov, and a critically acclaimed EP on Belgian label Dandelion Lotus that saw the band pick up a Breakthrough Artist award at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, the shadowy collective have spent much of the past twelve months working on their debut album, refining their sound whilst working with a wide range of new vocalists.
Opening with the ominous ‘Black Aerial’, VUURWERK introduce us to their new work via a soundscape of claustrophobic Industrial Hip-Hop beats, rattling Techno percussion before the track bursts into life taking its cue as much from the Chicago Footwork scene as it does from the Post-Dubstep Electronica the band have mined on previous releases.
If ‘Black Aerial’ bridged the old and new then ‘G.R.I.P.’ itself is a clear indication of what is to come. Minor key pop that is stained with tears of regret, the music’s late night smudged and bleary textures are contrasted with a beat that tips its hat to the syncopated rhythms of UK Garage providing a fitting setting for Belgian singer Climb X’s weary, lovelorn vocals to bury themselves in.
Providing alternative mixes are hotly tipped Swedish trio DNKL, whose epic cinematic reinterpretation transports the track from a Brussels bedsit to the wide open and majestic Scandinavian fjords and Houndstooth recording artist House of Black Lanterns, who injects more than a hint of his hometown Berlin into the track with a dark and claustrophobic, sludge filled techno rework.
Stream in full below. Get it here.
House of Black Lanterns is Dylan Richards, who might be best known for producing dark, twisted dubstep and dancehall as King Cannibal. Under the moniker House of Black Lanterns, the beatmaker followed up his debut album Kill the Lights with the You, Me, Metropolis EP for Fabric‘s Houndstooth label, and just sent over the first video for one of its tracks, “Worthless.” Stream clips from the EP below.