When it comes to seasoned dance acts they don’t come any heavier than Way Out West, comprising of the formidable Jody Wisternoff who has not only been a prominent figure since the early 90’s rave era but is of course currently riding high as a solo artist via his heavy Anjunadeep affiliation. The other counterpart to the WOW make up is a man who needs no introduction at all, Nick Warren has been at the forefront of the progressive movement from day one, at the helm of the glorious Renaissance / Global Underground era and probably one of the most respected names in British dance music it has to be said.
When I heard Way Out West were back together again showcasing new material from their highly anticipated & forthcoming album, I just had to head down to Connect @ Privilege last night and witness this exciting performance myself.
Into their third week at Privilege’s cutting edge Vista club, Connect really are pulling out the stops this summer with a plethora of so many great names, residencies from Markus Schulz & Oakey alongside a myriad of scene stalwarts and fresh talent each week, booking a name psynonemous with the mid to late nineties seemed a brave albeit inspiring move in these days of forward thinking clubbers but when your legacy is as big as Way Out West, it can be nothing short of an education for the younger clubbers and a big slice of nostalgia for the older fans!
Taking to the stage Jody & Nick expressed immediate enthusiasm & energy for what can only be a physical release of painstaking months (if not years?) in the studio shaping this new LP, tonight they were showcasing 60% of it in a live show consisting electric drum pads, keyboards, CDJ’s and two laptops and the result was a polished & seamless foray into mature progressive house & trance.
Rolling through reworked WOW vocal classics from the early 90’s such as Shoot and Ajare alongside cool fresh material which goes straight for jugular, big vocals & killer basslines, the Privilege crowd were certainly not disappointed and the experience of Nick and Jody shone through, despite also being dealt a slightly rough hand by the warm up DJ getting a bit excited too early.
In true balearic style they ended their set at 3am with The Gift which sounded incredible even after all these years through the Vista’s Funktion 1 sound system and took me back instantly to the late 90’s when you couldn’t escape this larger than life classic either in the clubs, on TV or Radio, it really was everywhere for around a year.
All in all a dynamic and exciting performance of what sounds like an essential album on the horizon from Way Out West and a superb booking for Connect Ibiza who really are delivering the minerals for trance fans in Ibiza this summer. It’s all about Tuesdays at Privilege!
Visit Connect @ Privilege Vista, Ibiza every Tuesday.
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