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Soul Music

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Edward I love how Special Request takes hard hitting sounds from the past (jungle, DnB), adds sounds from the present (beautiful vocals), and creates some all-time tracks (Undead (those keys!), Soundboy Killer, Hackney & Ride remixes, Mindwash, Alone). Reading how Paul Woolford made this album, how he lived the music he (re)captures here, how this still bangs, is remarkable. So many 10/10 tracks. No surprise this was album of the year. Big up Paul for creating and sharing a sound that is your very own.
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Tull 90's warehouse re-imagined in a contemporary form. The haze of a glorious past comes to life again retaining the sounds of another era but somehow sounding bang up to date. Mental tunes to slay the dancefloor. Wicked mate :) Favorite track: Soundboy Killer.
Gerrit Behrens
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Gerrit Behrens This is incredible good work and sound engineering. Thanks for your vision of music.
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    1 Forbidden
    2 Undead
    3 Cold Blooded
    4 Body Armour
    5 Lockjaw
    6 Ride VIP
    7 Soundboy Killer
    8 Broken Dreams
    9 Black Ops
    10 Capsules
    11 Deranged
    12 Descent

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**Includes bonus disc of remixes from Lee Gamble, Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup, Hieroglyphic Being, Anthony Naples, Anthony Shakir, and more** Whistle crew, hold tight! Paul Woolford implants and augments memories of an 'ardcore future on his ravenous debut album under the Special Request emblem. Following four white labels deconstructing and splicing vintage 'ardcore tropes with both up-to-date and anachronistic house, grime and electro, the Special Request project has grown into a much larger beast, appropriating, much in the same way as the HATE crew, V/Vm, Zomby or Lee Gamble, the febrile spirit of UK warehouses, fields and flyovers in the early '90s.

More specifically, Woolford dials into the raw energy of the pirate radio stations like Bradford's PCR which nourished his younger ears with a formative blend of proto-junglist rufige, bleep house and import techno: in other words, his 'Soul Music'. Considering Woolford's status as a big room house DJ, it's something of a radical move, and thankfully delivered with a deep-rooted sincerity.

He's not merely whacking breaks over a turgid 4/4; he's cutting 'em up like a badman on a mission, and the effect is deliriously heavy, ranging from epic darkside assaults to swaggering bassbin business and even a deranged avant-garde piano piece that sounds like a lost hook stuck circulating the airwaves since '92. Massive album. One for the hardcore, you know who you are.

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released October 7, 2013

Paul Woolford

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