Anyone who knows me will know I'm a Special Request fanboy. Even so, this gem took me by surprise. Two of the best tracks from Paul Woolford's recent 'Belief System' LP have been overhauled with love and care by Running Back boss Gerd Janson, and Shan. For this page, 'Brainstorm (Electrophunk Mix)' is of most interest, transforming the breakbeat hardcore redux vibe of the original into a brooding new shape. The beats pummel, with granite claps and booming kicks, while the bass wubs beneath, bristling with menace. It's the blissful way these combine with the euphoric piano and vocal of the original that makes this tune special, though: a classic example of darkness and light in equal balance.