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Electronic - Released March 19, 2021 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released March 24, 2017 | Fabric Worldwide

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Electronic - Released July 3, 2020 | R&S Records

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Electronic - Released September 27, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic - Released May 31, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic - Released October 13, 2017 | Houndstooth

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Paul Woolford is a man of many talents and aliases, and he's produced tracks in numerous styles, particularly focusing on house and electro. He began the Special Request project in order to pay tribute to U.K. pirate radio, reconstructing the darker sounds of jungle and breakbeat hardcore with the production values of the 2010s. Following a nearly flawless 2013 debut full-length (Soul Music) and a series of exhilarating EPs for pioneering U.K. dance label XL Recordings, as well as a genre-blending Fabriclive mix, Belief System is Special Request's second full-length. The album's first part is a mixture of dark, suspenseful electro and break-heavy dancefloor killers, sequenced as a peaks-and-valleys DJ journey. Woolford does bring the hardcore, but he places value in buildup and payoff. The midsection of the first CD is loaded with bangers, including the knocking, somewhat melancholy garage-influenced tracks "Sanctuary" and "Change." Then there's the heavier, acid-fried techno single "Curtain Twitcher," soon followed by the more hardcore "Make It Real" and "Brainstorm," complete with DJ chatter and Prodigy-esque Kool Keith samples, respectively. "Leviathan" and "Replicant (Nexus 7 VIP)" venture even further into darkside jungle, complete with damaged Amen breaks and twisted robot bleeps. On the album's second part, Woolford goes in an entirely different direction, adding a whole new dimension to the Special Request project. Expanding on the music's cinematic qualities, he dispenses with beats almost entirely, instead illustrating imaginary movie scenes with tense, creeping synth-strings and brass. On "Transmission," a spiral of vibrating bass forms a sort of mesmerizing rhythm, and both "Reckoning" and "Ouroboros" contain slow, dramatic pounding. The project's new direction is unexpected, and it works quite well. Woolford is still more of a master of dubplate pressure than cinematic soundscapes, but this is a promising direction for him. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released February 18, 2021 | !K7 Records

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Electronic - Released June 28, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic - Released October 30, 2015 | XL Recordings

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Electronic - Released October 21, 2013 | Houndstooth

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House - Released July 27, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Special Request's Through the Looking Glass EP channels the strange, paranoid fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland. The first side contains Nina Kraviz's interpretations of previously issued single "Curtain Twitcher." On the main "Alice Was Here" mix, she invites the listener to go mad, first by reciting some of the Mad Hatter's lines, then by incorporating the track's frazzled melody and letting the beat pound hard. Kraviz's other mix of the track is more of a straightforward DJ tool, and isn't anywhere near as exciting. Fortunately, on the other side of the record, Paul Woolford returns to the type of deadly darkside jungle which made the Special Request project seem like such a breath of fresh air. The track's explosive yet steady breaks and heavy tension recall Source Direct and Photek at their best. The EP's final track is Anastasia Kristensen's rework of "Tiresias," which is stompy and static-spiked but also somewhat serene at its center. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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House - Released June 7, 2018 | Houndstooth

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Electronic - Released May 16, 2019 | Houndstooth

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Electronic - Released September 18, 2019 | Houndstooth

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R&B - Released March 19, 2021 | MRE Entertainment

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Electronic - Released March 19, 2021 | !K7 Records

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R&B - Released January 8, 2021 | MRE Entertainment

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R&B - Released October 23, 2020 | MRE Entertainment

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Electronic - Released September 11, 2019 | Houndstooth

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R&B - Released October 26, 2018 | MRE Entertainment