scoundrel

Special Request (4) - Belief System as reviewed by scoundrel

16 juillet 2020
edité 4 months ago
en référence à Belief System, 2xCD, Album, HTH076CD

Special Request kicks off his second album, BELIEF SYSTEM, on the melodic, ambient note of "Chrysalis" that seems to harken back to Detroit before "Adel Crag Microdot" and "Scrambled In LS1" bring in the bass and old-skool electro rave flavors. An angular melody comes over "Catacombs," which reaches into "Tiresias." Darkness overtakes the thick landscape of "Sanctuary" and "Leviathan," but lightens once we get to the sample-based and melancholic "Change." But it's not until "Curtain Twitcher" that we get the first full throwback, an acid-tinged banger, while "Make It Real" and "Brainstorm" throw in the breaks. A sci-fi elements emerges on "Replicant (Nexus 7 VIP)" and "Light In The Darkest Hour" emphasizes it even more as it brings the first disc to an end. The second disc offers a more ambient, soundtrack-based listening experience, with strings as the dominant instruments, as "Carex Vesicaria" opens up its resonant spaces, allowing "Advent" to rumble through before the throb of "Witness" takes over. The thick wobble of "Transmission" nods at dubstep while maintaining a beatless roll, but "Reckoning" lets those hits come in strong. "Qoriqzona" is all abstract growls, but "Five Lane Ends" lets its haunting tones counter the harsh bass stabs. Finally, "In Loving Memory" ends the album on a melodic note, one that recalls earlier motifs. This will make you a believer!
nick-ep

Special Request (4) - Belief System nick-ep

20 septembre 2018
en référence à Belief System, 4x12", Album, 140, HTH076
An outstanding LP from Special Request offering a diverse selection of tempos and soundscapes
adms87

Special Request (4) - Belief System adms87

15 décembre 2018
en référence à Belief System, 4x12", Album, 140, HTH076
Mine is labelled with two E1 although the tracks are correct.
mr.vilches

Special Request (4) - Belief System mr.vilches

8 janvier 2018
en référence à Belief System, 4x12", Album, 140, HTH076
I kinda like it at 45. Reminds me of mid 90s breakbeat. Or have I been listening to them all wrong too?
surgeon_TMB

Special Request (4) - Belief System surgeon_TMB

20 octobre 2017
edité over 3 years ago
en référence à Belief System, 4x12", Album, 140, HTH076

Yeah, good spot - Repress will show 33rpm on sides E1 and F1.