Way Out West ‎– Intensify

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The Fall 7:08
Activity 4:50
Call Me 4:44
Hypnotise 5:56
Sharkhunt 5:33
Stealth 5:43
UB Devoid 4:58
Mindcircus 5:47
Secret 6:58
Intensify Part 01 6:58
Intensify Part 02 5:25

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DISNCD76 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album, Mixed) Distinct'ive Breaks DISNCD76 UK 2001 Sell This Version
DISNLP76 Way Out West Intensify(2xLP, Album) Distinct'ive Breaks DISNLP76 UK 2001 Sell This Version
AVTCD-95513 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Avex Asia Ltd. AVTCD-95513 Hong Kong 2001 Sell This Version
7243 811137 2 1 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Bustin' Loose Recordings 7243 811137 2 1 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
Black Hole CD 21 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Black Hole Recordings Black Hole CD 21 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30228 2 8 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Nettwerk America 0 6700 30228 2 8 US 2001 Sell This Version
UMLP001CD Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) U-Music (Australia) UMLP001CD Australia 2001 Sell This Version
AVCD-11967 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Superb Trax AVCD-11967 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30228 2 8 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album) Nettwerk 0 6700 30228 2 8 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30228 2 8 Way Out West Intensify(CD, Album, Unofficial) Nettwerk America (2) 0 6700 30228 2 8 Bulgaria 2001 Sell This Version
none Way Out West Intensify(CDr, Album, Mixed, Promo) Distinct'ive Breaks none UK 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30228 2 2 8 V Way Out West Intensity(CD, Promo) Nettwerk America LLC 0 6700 30228 2 2 8 V US 2001 Sell This Version
0 6700 30228 2 8 Way Out West Intensify(CDr, Album) Nettwerk America 0 6700 30228 2 8 US 2011 Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

July 19, 2012
referencing Intensify, CD, Album, 0 6700 30228 2 8

Way Out West's second album, INTENSIFY, lives up to its name, going in a more solid progressive trance direction right off the bat with "The Fall," a four-to-the-floor stomp that samples the lush strings and vocals from Coldcut's "Autumn Leaves" -- it's a pity about the naff NASA samples, though (Bedrock will thankfully take it out with their remix). Way Out West's sense of melodics is still there, though, on the groove of "Activity" or in the strings that back up "Hypnotise." "UB Devoid" ratchets things back up with a few hints of mystery. Kirsty Hawkshaw lends her unique voice to "Stealth," giving that track a gentleness, while Triica Lee Keishall's vocals help prop up "Mindcircus," even if it's not as distinctive. But there's also something missing when compared to their first album. There seem to be a generic feel to some tracks ("Call Me," "Sharkhut"), which drags the album down a bit, but it's still a good, upbeat listen.
SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

August 14, 2011
referencing Intensify, CD, Album, Mixed, DISNCD76

This album has been a real grower for me over the years. When I bought it around 2005 I didn't really like any of the tracks apart from Intensify (Part 1) and promptly shelved it. These days it's one of my favourite albums. You might think this is fairly typical early-'00s trancey-housey progressive material, but what has always set Way Out West apart is the intricacy and detail of their production and their willingness to play with structure and development. They're one of the few club producers who will write a great hook or section and not loop it out to oblivion. All of these tracks unfold unusually and interestingly, with an absence of DJ friendly intro and outros and a remarkable tendency to get to the point, and then to move onto another point. Their hip-hop background shows in the wealth of wonderful samples that are seamlessly embedded into the mix, creating a rich sonic landscape that is by turns autumnal, melancholic, summery, exotic and dark. In the loop-dominated world of dance music, it's extremely rare to hear those special one-off moments - "Greatest Bits" as my friend calls him - that keep you rewinding over and over again. Intensify is full of them - witness the gorgeously spacey descending melody halfway through The Fall or the heart-melting breakbeat denouement to Hypnotise.

I could live without the self-consciously "grown up" moments of syrrupy trip-hop such as Stealth or Mindcircus, but such tracks were almost inevitable on any millenial dance record, and these tracks are passable in their own right, and well integrated into the uptempo fare. Altogether, this is not only one of the very few records to pull-off progressive house in an album context, but one of my all-time favourites, an album I come back to over and over and always reveal something new.