After the release of last month’s Curtain Twitcher EP we are treated to the Special Request main meal: A whopping 23 track album in the form of Belief System to be released on the UK’s Houndstooth Records.
The Special Request project has built up some proper steam since it first came to fruition as a side project for house producer Paul Woolford. His debut album Soul Music really invigorated the scene, and with it’s heady mix of breaks and techno was hailed by Pitchfork as ‘one of the most exciting dance records’ of that year. Belief System, if not a tad more mature sounding, is set to follow the same path. This time around Special Request is showing a more melodic sound alongside his extensive collection of field recordings, or as the presser puts it Belief System ‘augments the DNA of the project with a new visceral production aesthetic’. That sound aesthetic includes ‘vast layers of atmospherics, unhinged modular work, contact microphone recordings of icebergs cracking, and microtonal elements…’
No doubt this will probably go down as one of the more ambitious releases this year. Oh, and for vinyl hunters, this will also be released as a 4LP set. Huge.
Release date: 13th October through Houndstooth Records