Special Request Vortex Special Request returns from hibernation with four albums he made in his underpants. Of the new material, he tells us: "I had a right fucking doss making this. Fuck all that conceptual guff m888" Strictly bowel-evacuating bangers. Those of a nervous disposition should also watch out for incontinence. Many people think you can't do anything truly NEW in electronic music. Special request disagrees. He elaborates: "nah, that's bollocks" Upon playing some of the new tracks to a friend, the question "are u alright m8?" was asked. Now you, the avid listener, can answer for yourself. Houndstooth CD | LP
Special Request Offworld Offworld started off with the question: “what if Jam & Lewis signed to Metroplex?” Offworld is the third of four albums from Special Request in 2019. Houndstooth CD | LP
XL Chapter VI Zomby / Special Request / Powell / MssingNo / .. The sixth compilation from XL two dacades after the last one! XL may have spread its antennae far and wide but at its core its DNA is made up of weird, outsider, two-fingers-up electronic records that crawl out of the concrete and onto wax. XL began as a label by selling 12”s to rave DJs, with the best releases pressed onto an annual compilation. The last in the series dropped in 1995 as the label widened its scope. Twenty years on and now is the time to reconnect with the genesis of XL. XL Chapter VI is a vinyl-focused release that wholly embraces the chosen audio format of the decade – all artists on the compilation will be releasing club-ready 12” EPs on XL, a throwback to the dancefloor artillery attitudes that were cultivated at the turn of the 90s. The Chapters provided a regular platform for artists concerned with reshaping the underground and consequently, culture. Think of Liquid’s “Sweet Harmony”, “Everybody In The Place” by The Prodigy or “DJs Take Control” by SL2. These are names and songs that led a new wave of dance music. Fast forward far into a different millennium and those names have been replaced by a different crew forging a path into new futures. Zomby, Powell, KAYTRANADA, MssingNo, GILA, Homepark, Hugo Massien, rLr, Mumdance, Novelist and Special Request are the artists that are endeavouring to shape not just a way of dancing, but a way of thinking. XL LP
Royce Wood Junior / Special Request Midnight (Special Request Remix) White label 12" with Special Request's remix of Royce Wood Junior’s Midnight and the orginal on the flip side! 12"
Special Request Soul Music Debut full-length from veteran house DJ Paul Woolford's Special Request. Using a studio built almost exclusively from vintage hardware and boosted by industrial-strength EQ and an FM transmitter, Woolford constructs what he refers to as "false memories" - broadcasting his material in order to sample and re-incorporate it in a myriad of different ways. The outcome of this unorthodox method is an album of considerable weight. The CD includes a bonus volume featuring the Special Request VIP of Tessela's 'Hackney Parrot' alongside the remix of Lana Del Rey's 'Ride', further tracks from the previous 12-inches, plus unreleased reworks from Detroit's Anthony Shakir, New York's Anthony Naples, Leipzig's Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup, Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being and London's Lee Gamble. Not for the faint hearted... Houndstooth CD | LP
Special Request Modern Warfare EP 1/2/3 Expected 6th November The release of the Modern Warfare EPs follows the success of recent Special Request remixes for the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Jamie xx, Leftfield, Wiley and Jungle plus, of course the highly-acclaimed Soul Music, which was described by Pitchfork as “a truly unique and enriching experience: a collection of old sounds reassembled in a way that sounds fresher than ever” while Resident Advisor stated “looking back just far enough to escape the complacency of the present. Special Request does so with a balls-to-the-wall conviction that puts pure emphasis on the dance floor, with a fuck-you attitude to anyone who might not like it. And even though he might not be alone in making this kind of music anymore, he is by himself at the top of the heap.” The release of the Modern Warfare EPs also see XL Recordings continuing to reconnect with the spirit of the label’s early days. XL’s early reputation was built around a series of underground, club-focused, outsider rave 12”s from the likes of The Prodigy, SL2, Awesome 3 and Jonny L. XL 12" Out of Stock