Boomkat Product Review:
Paul Woolford’s ruder leanings come to the fore again on this weighty fabric-approved exploration of ambient, jungle, electro and techno.
Ever wondered what the musical DNA of Paul Woolford’s Special Request project looks like? A few listens to ‘Fabriclive 91’ will give you some insight. Equal parts AFX, grime, techno, electro and ambient, you get the feeling Woolford has been itching for a chance to make this mix for some time. Easing in with the Colundi experiments of Rephlex vet Aleksi Perälä, Wooly confidently rips through 30 tracks spanning several decades and movements – all mixed with laser levels of precision.
The early movement from RDJ’s anthemic Italo techno as Caustic Window through typically apocalyptic Stingray, OG Croydon nu step from Plastician and one of several upcoming Special Request tracks highlights Woolford’s guile in SR mode. A later transition from the swelling sub-laden ambient drama of Shapednoise’s hookup with JK Broadrick into the amen arsenal of vintage Dillinja proves Woolford’s class at exploring tension.
All this plus cuts from ASC, Carl Craig, Mika Vaino and Keith Fullerton-Whitman make this a mix worth exploring.