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ALBUM: Jody Wisternoff - Nightwhisper (Remixed) on Anjunadeep

 A legend of Bristol’s dance music scene and an Anjunadeep icon, Jody Wisternoff opened 2020 with his spectacular twelve-track LP ‘Nightwhisper’. His first solo album in eight years follows Wisternoff’s 2012 debut LP ‘Trails We Blaze’ and esteemed catalogue as Way Out West, ‘Nightwhisper’ has accrued over 3.5 millions streams, and radio support from BBC R1, Kiss Fresh, SiriusXM, Ibiza Global Radio, alongside DJ support from Lane 8, Solomun, Armin Van Buuren, Nick Warren, Dosem, John Digweed, Eelke Kleijn, and Tinlicker.

A formative figure in the UK rave scene, Wisternoff first made his name in the early ’90s before cementing his position as one of the UK’s finest talent-spotters and DJs as part of the Anjunadeep label family, where he co-curates the chart-topping annual compilation series. 

Written primarily in 2019, ‘Nightwhisper’ is a deeply personal album born out of a time of introspection for the Bristol producer following the death of his father:

“It was a time of conflicting emotions for me… I suddenly found myself appreciating the simpler things in life in a way that I had never done before, but on an equal note also questioning mortality on a level that is only possible after the passing of a family member.” 

Amidst the hefty demands of fatherhood and touring, Jody came to embrace his newfound awareness of impermanence and loss in his songwriting. The intimacy of the album is quickly conveyed in the opening track ‘Morning U’, which features spoken home recordings of Jody’s father above a touching melody. Exploring the full spectrum of emotion, the lively progressions and lyrics of ‘Lately’ and ‘Reverie’ provide an optimistic contrast to more melancholic numbers ‘For Those We Knew’ and ‘Nightwhisper’. 

Sonically, the album is heavily influenced by Wisternoff’s eclectic tenure in the UK music scene. Launching his career in 1986 at the age of 13 as a finalist at the DMC World DJ Championship, Wisternoff honed his craft at the forefront of UK rave culture, playing warehouses for seminal promoters Fantazia and Universe, and hosting a residency at the iconic Lakota club in Bristol. After a chance encounter in a record store, Wisternoff joined forces with Nick Warren to form Way Out West. The luminary duo rose to fame in the 1990s with several UK-charting singles and a UK dance number one in ‘Mindcircus’, quickly followed by a 1997 album ‘Way Out West’, which saw critical and commercial success. 

A statement LP with a pertinent message during this grounded time, ‘Nightwhisper’ is a culmination of Wisternoff’s decorated career and progression as an artist, husband, and father:


“‘Nightwhisper’ is an attempt at finding balance and inner peace during the ever-changing life journey… In some ways, it’s a personal lullaby, a call back to simpler times which of course is impossible, but comforting none the less.”
'Nightwhisper' now receives the remix treatment from a stellar collection of international artists, including the UK’s My Nu Leng, Eli & Fur, DieMantle and Shadow Child, San Francisco’s Spencer Brown, and Russia’s Nikola Melnikov and M.O.S. From the Garage-infused Tom Middleton remix of Nightwhisper, to My Nu Leng's groove laden interpretation of Emochine, ’Nightwhisper (Remixed)’ offers up an eclectic palette of tracks rooted in Wisternoff’s unmistakable UK sound.

Dimitri Kechagias review: [review top="1"] [item value="10"]Jody Wisternoff - Nightwhisper (Remixed)  out on Anjunadeep[/item] [content title="In Our Opinion" label="Overall Score"]While the original version of the album includes brilliant club cuts now the remixers assigned to deliver their own interpretations have applied their magic to offer us outstanding reworks that raises the quality bar even higher and definitely introduce the originals to brand new audiences with some new aesthetics in the original colors. If I have to select just 3 remixes from the album I will go for Spencer Brown & Wilt Claybourne banging progressive house remix of  For Those We Knew, Nightwhisper reimagined in truly spacey outfit by Tom Middleton and The Spark in the shinning M.O.S. Sunlight Remix. Absolutely mesmerizing material from remixers who respect Jody's originals and whisper us their own lullabies. #PureGold [/content] [/review]