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Busy Earnin'
XLDS 641RMX
09 Mar 15
Breakbeat
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Busy Earnin' (special request VIP) - (4:55) 125 BPM
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Review: Finally! Jungle are reminded of the true meaning of their name as Paul Woolford dusts off his Special Request gloves and gives the popular pop-funk troupe a rough-housing that's so savage they'll be in intensive care for years. Spacious skippy breakbeats, hooky detuned synths and an overall dark, misty timeless feel, drop this and you'll be "Busy Earnin'" lots of dancefloor kudos.
Hardcore
HTH010D
29 Jul 13
Techno
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Wall To Wall - (6:02)
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Mindwash (Anthony Naples Eternal mix) - (3:02)
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Broken Dreams - (6:00) 144 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Capsules (Lee Gamble mix) - (6:01) 118 BPM
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Review: Special Request was launched in earnest in March of last year by Woolford as a creative outlet for "vinyl only releases with no boundaries", and has drawn from a palette of booming basslines and expertly edited classic rave breaks across the four 12" releases thus far. The Hardcore EP sees him stepping up to Fabric's Houndstooth label in advance of a full album later this year, and it's just as rude as the material thus far; "Wall To Wall" sees Woolford adopting a techno framework, with evil vocal samples rattling between heavy, bouncing kicks, and "Broken Dreams" sees more rambunctious jungle, with heavily filtered breaks and clattering snare rolls tethered to a hardcore bassline. The remixes don't mess about either; Anthony Naples turns in a spectral remix of "Mindwash" that keeps the rhythmic ferocity but somehow makes it maudlin and downbeat, while Lee Gamble reworks "Capsules" in a highly experimental, tripped out end of the night style. Big recommendation on this one...
Reset It
XLDS 742
02 Oct 15
Deep House
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Reset It - (6:41) 126 BPM
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Played by: Nice Up! Records
Modern Warfare (EPs 1 3)
XLDA 733
30 Oct 15
Bass
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Modern Warfare - (3:20) 125 BPM
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Amnesia - (6:38) 125 BPM
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Reset It - (6:41) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Damage - (5:49) 127 BPM
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Take Me - (5:37) 65 BPM
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Simulation - (5:39) 140 BPM
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Peak Dub - (4:40) 140 BPM
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Tractor Beam - (6:00) 140 BPM
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Elegy - (5:06) 125 BPM
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Review: Paul Woolford's first Special Request material since signing to XL, he's gone right back to the roots (roots which XL helped dig and plant themselves) with nine tracks of heady, sweaty rave evangelism. Labelled as three EPs in one, it's as good as 2013's debut album with every track tailored for the dancefloor. From the brain-melting warped bass and tension/release of the title track we dig deep into breakbeat science... "Amnesia" is the sound of 1991 when hardcore first found its feet, "Reset It" tips it cap to A Guy Called Gerald, "Damage" ups the ice factor with synths so cold they could make Randall shiver while "Take Me" and "Simulation" are both unfettered love letters to the earliest chapters of the Whistle Crew. We could go on, but we're pretty sure you know the score... Hardcore.
Amnesia
XLDS 741
18 Sep 15
Bass
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Amnesia - (6:38) 125 BPM
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Played by: Alkalino, Kocleo, AOTOA, Skapes
Stairfoot Lane Bunker
HTH 073D
07 Apr 17
Bass
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Redrum - (6:10) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stairfoot Lane Bunker - (5:54) 110 BPM
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Telepathic Dog - (3:30) 156 BPM
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Replicant - (5:52) 110 BPM
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Five Lane Ends - (2:41) 156 BPM
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Stairfoot Lane Bunker (Minor Science remix) - (5:40) 83 BPM
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Review: The fabric affiliated Houndstooth presents the forthcoming six-tracker Stairfoot Lane Bunker which follows up Paul Woolford's recent contribution to the Fabriclive mix series. The EP is described as an addendum to the mix, featuring several diverse cuts. From the tough and dystopian electro stomp of "Redrum" through to the glitched out neo-junglist anthem "Replicant" not to mention a couple of ambient/noise soundscapes in the form of "Telepathic Dog" or "Five Lane Ends". Even as the man behind seminal releases for the likes of Planet E, XL Recordings and Running Back, Special Request is the project that sees him continuing to defy expectation.
Curtain Twitcher
HTH 076C
15 Sep 17
Bass
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Curtain Twitcher - (5:23) 133 BPM
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Belief System
HTH 076D
13 Oct 17
Bass
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Chrysalis - (4:23) 126 BPM
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Adel Crag Microdot - (4:21) 88 BPM
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Catacombs - (5:17) 64 BPM
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Tiresias - (4:29) 135 BPM
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Sanctuary - (4:30) 67 BPM
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Change - (4:48) 135 BPM
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Curtain Twitcher - (5:23) 133 BPM
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Scrambled In LS1 - (5:11) 136 BPM
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Make It Real - (5:55) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brainstorm - (6:04) 133 BPM
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Leviathan - (5:48) 83 BPM
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Replicant (Nexus 7 VIP) - (5:09) 110 BPM
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Cheyne Stoking - (0:58) 160 BPM
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Light In The Darkest Hour - (6:48) 83 BPM
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Carex Vesicaria - (5:48) 150 BPM
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Advent - (2:13) 155 BPM
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Witness - (3:09) 116 BPM
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Transmission - (4:22) 108 BPM
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Reckoning - (3:12) 124 BPM
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Qoriqzona - (3:21) 125 BPM
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Five Lane Ends - (2:41) 152 BPM
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Ouroboros - (3:26) 152 BPM
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In Loving Memory - (4:27) 101 BPM
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Played by: MAN2.0
Review: Paul Woolford's second album under the Special Request alias is a very different beast to its predecessor, 2013's Soul Music. While that was little less than a strobe-fired romp through Woolford's early, rave-era influences, Belief System is an altogether more complex and considered affair. With 23 tracks, the album took three years to produce, contains a number of modular hardware explorations, and features elements of tracks recorded by Woolford as far back as 1993. The sheer breadth and depth of the material is, at times, staggering, as the veteran Leeds producer giddily mixes and matches elements of electro, techno, cinematic soundtracks, hardcore, acid, jungle and experimental electronica. In a word: stunning.
Adel Crag Microdot
HTH 076S
03 Aug 17
Electro
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Adel Crag Microdot - (4:21) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Curtain Twitcher
HTH 081D
15 Sep 17
Bass
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Curtain Twitcher - (5:23) 133 BPM
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Emutraxx - (4:40) 144 BPM
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Curtain Twitcher (Nosey Parker mix) - (4:44) 67 BPM
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Trippethylophosphazene - (5:11) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Phone Calls - (6:46) 62 BPM
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Real (Peder Mannerfelt remix) - (5:21) 85 BPM
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Review: Paul Woolford returns with more cross-genre antics with a strong nod to the past, yet with a firm foot in the present on his new stomper for Houndstooth. The explosive title track will take you back to an NYC Storm Rave circa '94, full of Joey Beltram style hoovers and fierce breakbeats. Breakneck acid electro cut "Emutraxx" blows the bloody doors off, in the vein on Air Liquide or Jammin Unit. For a change of pace you can try the wonky slow burner "No Phone Calls" fuelled by a druggy 303 drawl and a lazy 4/4 beat, while Scandinavian noise terror Peder Mannerfelt works his magic as always on his jagged and angular remix of "Real": it's real brooding, you've been warned!
Tessellations
HTH 050DD
22 Apr 16
Bass
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Special Request - "Live From Alpha Centauri" - (7:21) 113 BPM
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Akkord - "Vector" - (5:13) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Marquis Hawkes - "Canat Stop" - (7:28) 113 BPM
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Second Storey - "Elephant Ride" - (7:27) 126 BPM
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Review: Taken from their third anniversary album Tessellations, Houndstooth remind us of four of the many hitman hurters they delivered earlier this year. Special Request's "Live From Alpha Centauri" is a straight up junglist romp conjured in the way only he knows how. Akkord's "Vector" dips into a very similar (champion) sound palette but does so at a much slower, starker pace. Marquis keeps us back at the foundation era with a seismic slab of acid house while Second Storey closes the show on a wonked out sci-fi note with a UR-level funkfest "Elephant Ride". Beautiful.
FABRICLIVE 91: Special Request (DJ Mix)
FABRIC 182DX
24 Mar 17
Techno
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FABRICLIVE 91: Special Request (continuous DJ mix) - (1:13:58) 131 BPM
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