Born from the desire to create rougher, harder tracks inspired by ’90s rave, Paul Woolford’s productions under his Special Request alias rarely fail to deliver on his premise. Having broken through the club-space with his 2013 VIP of Tessela’s ‘Hackney Parrot’ and its gargantuan bassline, Woolford returns with his second LP, Belief System, released on Fabric’s Houndstooth imprint.
A marathon 23 tracks composed over three years, the record is one of two halves. The opening is signature Special Request breakbeat, backed by insidiously rumbling bass in tracks like ‘Brainstorm’, ‘Catacombs’, and ‘Make It Real’. It isn’t all rave nostalgia, either, with other numbers like ‘Adel Crag Microdot’, ‘Tiresias’, and ‘Curtain Twitcher’ touching on EBM, industrial techno, and acid synths.
Read the rest of the review in Clash Magazine.
[This piece was published on 13/10/17]