Paul Woolford’s hardcore and rave-indebted Special Request project continues its industrious hot streak, delivering two sublime, peak-time reworks of Erol Alkan’s unstoppable ‘Spectrum’. Since its release in late 2018, Alkan’s hit has been as ubiquitous as Woolford himself, gaining momentum as a staple in the sets of DJs such as Andrew Weatherall, Sven Vath and Mano Le Tough.
Beginning with the ‘Kaleidoscopic Mix’, SR strips back the high-energy reverie of Alkan’s original into something truly vast, building to an unmistakable and flawless acid bassline, from which emerge a brooding and dystopian network of melodies. Balancing tension and melancholy without ever losing grip of its enormous bass weight, the ‘Kaleidoscopic Mix’ delivers ten-minutes of compelling euphoria.
On the flip, the ‘Double Vision’ mix takes much of the same structure but places Spectrum’s original, glorious riff front-and-centre once more, as if stretching it’s fizzy, inherent energy out of a warehouse and towards the fields at sunrise.
Erol Alkan ‘Spectrum (Special Request Mixes)’ drops on Phantasy Sound on 24th January 2020.
A Spectrum (Special Request Kaleidoscopic Mix)
B Spectrum (Special Request Double Vision Mix)
Erol Alkan will play his only London all night long set at To The Rhythm on Friday 24th April, Village Underground, as well as playing all night long at Glasgow’s Sub Club on Friday 7th February.