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Album Review

Ask anybody what the most impressive musicians sound like and odds are they'll say they sound nothing like their influences. Which might imply that Bristol-bred Way out West — being submerged in both trip-hop and Madchester — demand the utmost respect for making a glittering, expressive trance record. Such is the case for most of Intensify, only if one takes a blind eye to the more glaring dips into transcendental self-importance. Certainly, a huge majority of the songs here undulate with a swish of snug synths and countryside astral works — the Enigma techno house of "Hypnotise" or "Secret" translate eccentric elements into militant house stompers — but when guest vocalists like Kirsty Hawkshaw (remembered most for her Opus III project and her role with BT) try to yank the experience into something more conventionally "moving," the album founders with pomposity. Still, not many progressive trance records would sample Coldcut's "Autumn Leaves" ("The Fall") or sound like a lost Borg finding itself at Gatecrasher ("Shark Hunt").

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Bristol, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Conspicuous from the rest of Bristol's electronica scene by the absence of trip-hop or jungle leanings in their productions, Way Out West have instead pursued straightahead house and trance with closer ties to progressive British dancefloors than American hip-hop. The duo of Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren first came together in the mid-'90s; Wisternoff was a veteran producer who had first recorded at the age of 14 (with fellow Bristolian house artists Smith & Mighty) while Warren was a high-profile...
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Intensify (Single), Way Out West
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, House
  • Released: 05 August 2001

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