Features I by I 21.10.14

My Favourite Record: Waze & Odyssey


My Favourite Record is a new feature where we ask musicians we rate from across the spectrum to pick their most cherished album – a development of our occasional On Record feature, and a chance to take a peek at the albums that maketh the artist. Today’s entry:

(Virgin, 1997)

Picked by: UK house bump ‘n’ grinders Waze & Odyssey

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“This album has been heaven and a hindrance at times. Heaven in the sense that all the techniques used on the album have helped in educating us along the way, from the very beginning. The arrangement of each track to the synths and drum machines used, and the styles of compression and FX that are used. It opened up our minds. Hindrance in the sense of not being able to apply it to any of our tracks in the same way, which has become more frustrating than you can possibly imagine.

You can remember the first time you heard it out, the first time it came on to the speakers. From clubs to house parties to home listening, it was a firm favourite when it first hit from Paris to Peckham, Brighton to Brixton. They turned their hand to lighter more melodic cuts while also showing us their adept skill at making full on big room screechy numbers.

We’ve dropped every track on the album over the years. It’s a true bible of production for us. The go to album for a sonic comparison.

Add in some madcap videos from Michael Gondry and Spike Jonze, and two guys wearing space helmets and you’ve got something quite special, something that really connected with us at the time.”

Waze & Odyssey’s ‘Bump & Grind’ remix is out now, and causing damage on countless dancefloors.



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