Way Out West (UK)

Conspicuous from the rest of Bristol’s electronica scene in the ’90s by the absence of trip-hop or jungle leanings in their productions, Way Out West instead pursued straight-ahead 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, with their single “The Gift” becoming a big mover across dancefloors. Signed to Deconstruction, Way Out West released their self-titled debut album in 1997, followed by 2001’s Intensify and 2004’s like-minded Don’t Look Now. With Warren releasing numerous mix compilations, many of them for Global Underground, Way Out West returned in 2009 with We Love Machine. Wisternoff released the solo album Trails We Blaze on Anjunadeep in 2012 and went on to mix several installments of the label’s popular compilation series.

Anjunadeep issued the duo’s fifth LP, Tuesday Maybe, in June 2017 and was accompanied by a performance at the Glastonbury Festival. Since then, the band have embarked on a UK tour, released their Tuesday Maybe (Remixed) album, and prepared a legion of new music to release throughout 2018. With more new projects in the pipeline for the next year, it’s safe to say that there’s never been a more exciting time to be a Way Out West fan.

After an unforgettable back-to-back with Hernan Catanneo for the inaugural Electric Gardens in 2016, we welcome back Nick Warren, but this time with his partner in crime Jody Wisternoff, for an unmissable Way Out Way performance on Return To Rio’s Hangout stage.