Way Out West
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Way Out West are an English electronic music duo consisting of producers Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren. They rose to fame in the 1990s with their UK chart hits "The Gift" and "Ajare", and have since released five studio albums; Way Out West, Intensify, Don't Look Now, We Love Machine, and Tuesday Maybe. They have produced and performed together for over twenty five years.
In the early 1990s, the duo met in a record store that Nick Warren was working in, and discovered their similar direction in music. They then initially produced music under the names Sub-Version 3 and Echo while also releasing remixes as Way Out West, as a side-project. Following the success of their remixes, Way Out West became their main project and the duo signed a deal with Deconstruction Records.
Way Out West began releasing singles in 1994, including "Shoot", "Montana", and "Ajare". "Ajare" became a club hit, initially peaking at #52 in the UK Dance Chart that year. In 1996, the duo released another two singles: "Domination", and the UK Top 15 hit, "The Gift" (which sampled Joanna Law's cover version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"). "The Gift" would later be used for the title theme of the MTV television show True Life.
On 1 September 1997, the duo released their eponymous debut studio album, Way Out West. The album included most of their previous singles, and also spawned the singles "Blue" (a reinterpretation of the theme from the film Withnail and I), and a 1997 re-release of "Ajare", which achieved greater success than the original, charting at position #36 in the UK.
On 27 November 2000, Way Out West released their single, "The Fall", (which sampled Coldcut's cover of "Autumn Leaves") through BMG; the former parent company of the group's previous label Deconstruction (defunct in 1998). "The Fall" peaked at #61 on the UK Singles Chart and was followed by the group's final release on BMG, the UB Devoid EP. Two of the EP's tracks would later go on to feature on their then-upcoming album.
On 20 August 2001, Way Out West released their second studio album, Intensify. The album's release was marked by a move from the defunct Deconstruction Records to Distinctive Records, and a change in their sound, from club instrumentals and sampled vocals to a mixture of club tracks and original songs. Singles from the album included "The Fall", "Mindcircus" (which reached number 1 in the UK Dance Chart), and the club hit "Intensify". "Activity" from this release also appeared in the 2001 PlayStation 2 game Kinetica and Paul van Dyks album The Politics of Dancing.
In 2004, Way Out West became a trio with the addition of vocalist Omi (Emma Everett), the group's only ever third member.
Later that year, the group then released their third studio album, Don't Look Now. Excluding "Killa", the album spawned two singles: "Anything but You" (featured in the video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07) and "Don't Forget Me" (featured in season two of Grey's Anatomy). Other songs from the album include "Melt" (appeared in The O.C. as well as the season 2 episode "Bones of Contention" for the series Numb3rs), and "Just Like a Man" (appeared on season 3, episode 8 of CSI: Miami).
In 2009, Way Out West returned as a duo and moved to the label Hope Recordings, of which Nick Warren continues to be the A&R manager. The duo's fourth album, We Love Machine, was released on 5 October 2009. The song "Only Love" with Jonathan Mendelsohn performing vocals (their first collaboration with a male vocalist) was the first single from the album, released on 31 August 2009, followed by "Future Perfect" on 7 December. The album was released on Hope Recordings and Armada Music.
In April 2010, Deconstruction Records re-released "The Gift" together with remixes by Logistics, Gui Boratto, Tek-One and Michael Woods; Way Out West themselves also recorded a new remix of the track.
Later that year, We Love Machine - The Remixes was released via Hope Recordings. The release featured remixes of tracks from We Love Machine by producers such as Scuba, Henry Saiz, Jaytech and D. Ramirez.
In April 2017, Way Out West announced their fifth studio album Tuesday Maybe, with the release of three web-exclusive singles: "Oceans" (featuring Liu Bei), "The Call" (featuring Doe Paoro) and "Slam". The album also features their 2016 singles "Tuesday Maybe" and "Set My Mind". The album was released on 16 June 2017 through Anjunadeep.
In January 2018, Wisternoff hosted a Reddit AMA and hinted at upcoming work from Way Out West, claiming "Me and Nick are working on new material together". He also announced a then upcoming remix album for Tuesday Maybe. On 2 February 2018, the remix album, Tuesday Maybe (Remixed), was released on digital download stores.
In 2018, Way Out West announced a five track EP comprising chill-out remixes of songs from Tuesday Maybe, titled Sunday Maybe. The EP's release was supported by the single "Sunday Maybe" on 3 April 2018, and was released on 20 April, on Anjunadeep.
In support of their third studio album Don't Look Now in 2003 & 2004, the duo expanded from their DJ roots to a full-fledged touring collective, playing at festivals such as Glastonbury 2003 & 2004, Creamfields, and The Glade. The band had supported Faithless on their Australian tour in October 2004, and embarked on their own tour in the US in May and November 2004.
In September 2017, Way Out West announced a UK concert tour to promote the release of Tuesday Maybe through their social media. The tour will commence in February 2018 and conclude in March the same year.