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Special Request – 'Soul Music' album review

Techno head Paul Woolford crosses over into old-skool D&B, with banging results

Long-time purveyor of quality house and techno productions Paul Woolford makes his full-length debut with his junglist alter ego, Special Request – and you’d forgiven for wondering whether it’s 2013 or 1993, such is the roughneck, hardcore jungle-inspired sound he’s sculpted across the album’s two CDs.

That’s enough room for 12 original tracks and a stack of remixes, including Woolford’s hard-as-nails fix of Tessela’s ‘Hackney Parrot’: a tune so huge it’s got its own MC GQ-sampled rewind built in. Opener ‘Forbidden’ stirs up the rumbling ghost of Reese’s seminal ‘Just Another Chance’, while ‘Lockjaw’ and ‘Soundboy Killer’ go straight for the jugular with neck-snappin’ breakbeats and bowel-troubling bass.
For old-skool heads, it’ll evoke the era of sweaty raves, Stussy t-shirts and the stench of weed. For newcomers, it should be one of the most exciting things they hear on the dance floor all year. Buy this album here

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