British DJ and producer Paul Woolford has made a staggering number of dance records and remixes in a wide variety of styles. Whether he's producing Chicago-style jacking house or hardcore jungle, the common factor of his work has always been bold, energetic rhythms finely tuned for maximum club impact.
He's released records and mixes on underground labels like Hotflush and Aus Music as well as mainstream dance institutions such as Positiva and Ministry of Sound, and has reached wider exposure through his remixes for artists such as Disclosure, Depeche Mode, and Tom Walker in addition to collaborations with Karen Harding and Diplo.
Initially using Bobby Peru as his main moniker, he scored an underground club hit with the trippy, minimalist 2006 single "Erotic Discourse," which preceded the acclaimed 2008 full-length The Truth.
Woolford's profile expanded during the 2010s with the arrival of further club smashes like 2013's "Untitled," as well as the introduction of his Special Request alias, which paid homage to U.K. pirate radio on releases such as the 2013 full-length Soul Music and 2017 mix Fabriclive 91.
Woolford launched his Intimacy label in 2007, with the EP Body Double, and his second Bobby Peru album, The Truth, arrived in 2008. In connection with his popular weekly residency at Ibiza's Space club, he mixed the first disc of the Ministry of Sound-issued We Love Space 08. Another mix, Renaissance: Platform, appeared in 2010. Woolford collaborated with Psycatron on that year's Cocoon-issued "Thunder" single, followed by 2011's "Stolen," his first release for U.K. bass label Hotflush. He also released well-received records on Planet E ("Achilles") and Phonica ("Can't Do Without"), and reunited with Mat Playford (whom he previously worked with as Snow Monkeys) for a single as Ford Inc, issued by Throne of Blood. 2012 saw the release of Woolford's ambitious double-CD mix The Lab 04, as well as the "Pursuit" single on Halo Cyan.