Both members of the Bristol, England, duo Way Out West – Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren – have become international star DJs in their own right. But it's in this twosome that they really sparkle as creators of warm, expansive dance music that knows few genre bounds. At Way Out West's inception in the mid-/late-'90s, progressive house had just completed its ascent to the top of the electronic pile. As such, the early tracks featured many of that genre's hallmarks – slowly building, then crescendoing, rhythms; enveloping, persistent synths; and, often, soulful female vocals. But Wisternoff and Warren were always creative on the low end, mixing in slightly harder beats than one would find on the usual prog-house hit. Their first bona fide UK chart hit, "The Gift," was a work of atmospheric breakbeats whose drums owed more than a little to the... More >>>