Trails We Blaze, the debut solo artist album from British veteran Jody Wisternoff, is an exercise in maturity. This is dance music for seasoned ears, full of sophisticated, soulful grooves that feel engineered for dance fans who’ve outgrown their neon outfits and brashly-sloganed tank tops — unless you can fit “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Dreamily Exotic Deep House with a Tinge of Progressive Trance” on a tank.
Truly excellent house music works well both in the background and on the dance floor. In this regard, most of Trails We Blaze 12 tracks are solid. A few, however, are sublime. On “How You Make Me Smile,” “95? and the superb “Out of Reach,” Wisternoff delivers brilliant electronic dance music that’ll do the trick whether you’re setting the mood for a relaxed cocktail party or rumbling through a late-night afterparty mix session for a bunch of sweaty ravers. Once again, the considerate folks at Anjunadeep have given us thoughtful, rhythmic deep house music that will help your mind drift as your body sways.
Trails We Blaze is another solid addition to the Anjunadeep catalog. Wisternoff’s dance music pedigree is apparent on all of the tracks, and it’s nice to hear the influences of the 90s British rave scene in his sound. As half of progressive trance duo Way Out West (along with Nick Warren), Wisternoff made a significant contribution to electronic music’s history. But Trails We Blaze is more than an homage to the past — it’s a reason to be optimistic about EDM’s future. [as seen here]