Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese imprint Lantern deliver their first label compilation featuring tracks from in-house artists like Martin Schulte and Arctic Hospital rubbing up against exclusive contributions from top producers Sven Weisemann, Geoff White, Andy Vaz, Don Williams and Glimpse. With a similar aesthetic to fellow Japanese imprint Mule Musiq, the Lantern, Plopp and Spekk label owner Mondii and DJ Naoki Shinohara focus on the deeply grooving and more esoteric side of the dancefloor with tracks picked to be heard at home or in the club. Martin Schulte's remix of Mr. Dee's 'Winter' is an immediate highlight, shaping a darkly hued dub techno roller with delicate percussion, while Sve Weisemann's 'Get Smart' is a very tempting cut balancing out swooping bass thumps with brushed jazz percussion and thhat unfathomably deep sound design that signifies the best of his work. Don Williams' 'Foreign feel (Live Mix)' is a rare and double deep Detroit style cut from the Mojuba head, and the special collab between Glimpse & Lee Van Dowski should surprise a few heads with an out-of-sorts dream-pop jam making good use of Van Dowski's formidable production talent and Glimpse's well honed pop sensibility.