Jody Wistenoff “Trails We Blaze” Album Out Now
When it comes to electronic music, Bristol’s history stands taller than most. Think back to the reggae/hip-hop soundsystems sound of Smith & Mighty and Full Cycle’s drum & bass legacy, right through to today’s bass/ house innovation from Julio Bashmore, Eats Everything et al. Born and bred in the city, Jody Wisternoff’s 25-year musical journey has had connections to just about every aspect in one way or another and every last influence – both classic and contemporary – seeps into his refreshing debut artist album “Trails We Blaze”.
But while so many veterans lose their lust for musical discoveries, Wisternoff remains more inspired by new sounds than ever before. As anyone that listens to his monthly Intensified podcasts will know, the Bristolian’s finger remains firmly on the pulse of all that is classy and cutting-edge in electronic music.
Blending elements of house, nu disco, progressive, techno and bass, the upbeat “Trails We Blaze” condenses Jody’s personal journey through music into 12 diverse electronic grooves; referencing his classic and contemporary musical loves.
Representing Jody’s modern take on Balearic grooves, tracks like the “How You Make Me Smile” (feat. Pete Josef) and the nu-disco influenced “Just One More” are both soulful and sophisticated; perfect for balmy summer nights.
The album isn’t without its darker shades, though. Harking back to his years lost in Bristol bass bins, the hypnotic techno groover “95” and the hip-hop indebted “Red Stripes” both reference Jody’s love of vintage jungle, while reworks of the Pete Tong-endorsed “Starstrings” and the Beatport number 1 “Cold Drink, Hot Girl” update two of his most classic solo tracks.
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