Release Date: October 7, 2013
Label: Houndstooth

Paul Woolford has been well known in UK house circles for years and had a huge hit with "Untitled," which was released on Hyperdub in 2013. What really made him standout this year though was his stellar debut long player as Special Request. Soul Music was intended to sound like his influences as a teenager listening to pirate radio and the results are simply amazing. Drenched in elements of old school UK hardcore, breakbeat, and drum & bass, Soul Music is essentially more of what people expected from Four Tet's new album and didn't receive. There was a ton of electronic music nostalgia in the UK in 2013, and this entire LP was a top shelf highlight.