With his new album Belief System, Leeds producer Paul Woolford creates a gargantuan sound that brings hardcore and jungle into the now.
In electronic music’s constant tug-of-war between nostalgia and futurism, Leeds-based techno producer Paul Woolford’s Special Request project exemplifies the convergence of those two ideals. Special Request is at once familiar and fresh, taking inspiration from the golden age of UK jungle, hardcore and the rave legacy of the North of England. Woolford’s 2013 debut album as Special Request on Houndstooth, Soul Music, succeeds in educating without feeling like a lecture; pastiche, homage and contemporary expression all in one. In 2017, his Special Request alias returns to Houndstooth, this time with the gargantuan Belief System, a 23-track album that explores the contemporary potential for hardcore and jungle in an overwhelmingly techno-centric UK clubbing landscape.
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