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Having the ability to channel the past into the present day while remaining contemporary and relevant is no mean feat. To then take one of RnB’s most seminal songs and turn it into a modern-day classic is quite possibly even more of an outstanding achievement. Waze & Odyssey have not only managed to tick both of those accomplishments off their bucket list, but they have also notched up a seriously impressive list of accolades in the short time they’ve been together. All the while they continue to press on with their unerring campaign to keep making house music of the highest calibre, traveling the globe performing dynamic DJ sets and generally being one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the electronic music world for quite some time.

It began with a meeting at the end of 2011 and has evolved into a partnership based on classic house music, ingenuity, innovation and creating those unforgettable moments of joy, euphoria and pure, unadulterated fun. It’s been just over two years since that first meeting and, in that time, Waze & Odyssey have performed at some of the world’s most influential club spaces; Panorama Bar (Berlin), fabric (London), Warehouse Project (Manchester), Chibuku (Liverpool), Monarch (San Fran), Arma 17 (Moscow) and many more.

In tandem with their globetrotting DJ schedule, they have also been responsible for a series of releases that have established them as a force to be reckoned with. Influential labels such as Wolf Music, Lets Play House, Tsuba and Throne of Blood have signed their tracks, as well as the duo releasing music via their own W&O Street Tracks label. Meanwhile their talents have also been employed to remix acts such as Disclosure, Duke Dumont and T.E.E.D.

Which brings us to their latest ubiquitous piece of work, the reworking of R.Kelly’s classic ‘Bump N Grind’. A prime example of how the art of sampling can be applied to create an entirely new and fresh piece of music, their mix first came into being after the duo heard the acapella. It wasn’t long before they’d taken it into their studio and got to work on adding parts from a house music classic. Initially only intended for use in their sets as a ‘DJ tool’, the track was passed on to Skream who rocked Warehouse Project with it, then it was their friends Bicep who got hold of it, followed by highly-respected tastemakers such as Oneman and Horse Meat Disco. Curiosity about the track soon reached fever pitch, with requests for the mysterious record flying in from the crowds at every gig they played. The only answer was to give it an official release, and so ‘Waze & Odyssey vs R Kelly – Bump & Grind 2014’ is here!

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