One of the rowdiest sections of Special Request and Source Direct's back-to-back at Greenhouse also had lots of comedic potential. Daphni was deep into his set at Selectors, playing Armand Van Helden's "Flowerz." A stray punter wandering over from there to Greenhouse may have recoiled at the contrast: just then, the duo had dropped the mind-shredding VIP remix of DJ Trace & Nico's "Monkeys." ("High-intensity face-melters only," is how Special Request, AKA Paul Woolford, advertised the gig.)
The duo drew largely from the sort of late '90s drum & bass dystopia that, with few hooks or melodies, would likely turn off anyone ambling over from a summery session of house and disco. It was austere, uncompromising and undeniably fun. The DJs, like the crowd, were having the time of their lives. Woolford and Source Direct, AKA Jim Baker, played like a pair of 15-year-old best mates in a dimly lit bedroom. Baker pulled out the gunfingers whenever he mixed into a whomping, cliff-edge drop. Woolford chopped the air approvingly. At some point, I noticed a tall-ish guy with shades and a close-cropped head enter the fray, visibly enjoying himself. His black T-shirt read, "Special Extended Disco Edition."
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