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Portal 1

The unstoppable production powerhouse that is Paul Woolford aka Special Request is back with another of his frankly ridiculous run of releases. Never one to just drop a single tune, this year he has several albums on the way off the back of his superb re-imagining of the KLF's cult 'What Time Is Love?' and this Portals Box Set Project is one of them. It is a multi-part collection that "uses today's modern technology to bring you the sound of tomorrow" and each limited edition 12" comes with its own custom artwork by Nic Hamilton. As you should expect, these are all utterly monstrous bangers and this first part has the high-pressure techno bounce of 'Hectic' and 'Pure Potential' to welcome you to the Portal.


Pure Potential

Mad-heads, rave veterans and lovers of having their brains rewired by previously unexplored sonic realms unite, because here comes the first of four, yes four, new albums from the fantastic freak of nature that is Special Request. His 'What Time Is Love? Sessions' arrives in several different formats this month and across six sizzling tracks that re-wire the KLF's hit of that name, he taps into everything from "ephemeral ambiance to barnstorming hardcore, pummelling house to pointillist trance" and does so with a mix of the surreal and the psychotic, the psychedelic and the downright ridiculous. It's mental, and we love it.


Barry says: A monolithic undertaking here from Special Request, with four albums in a year of pummeling basslines and euphoric arps, all underpinned with bone-breaking kick drum and sidechained throb. Bangers, all.


1. T Minus 23/Luminosity/Mu Sagitarri
2. What Time Is Love (Redux)
3. What Time Is Ardkore
4. Turning Point
5. Spiral Sunrise/Pure Trance Artefact/Synchronicity
6. That Wisnae A Microdose/Epsilon/Sheep To Shepherd

Victor Romero Evans / The Detonators

At The Club / Lift Off

Diggin deep, two treasured cuts from the John Collins vaults, remastered, reissued and sounding oh so weighty. The lush Lovers vibe of Victor Romero Evans - At The Club and the mind-bending, cosmic, space-echoed dub from The Detonators - Lift Off.

Both written and produced by the mighty John Collins, producer of some seminal tracks from the likes of Janet Kay and Rick Clarke, it was his production prowess on these two tracks that led Jerry Dammers to get Collins in to produce The Specials - Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning after hearing the magic of this EP. With originals trading hands for £70 it's high time a reissue came around.


Matt says: Delightful 12" showcasing a sozzled ska-reggae track perfect for drinking too much Dragon Stout this bank holiday weekend. On the flip a twisted, tape-echoed dub exercise so ganja-soaked I convinced myself it was already 4:20! Again, if you're aiming to get horizontal this weekend this is the disc for you!


A1. Victor Romero Evans - At The Club
B1. The Detonators - Lift Off

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