01. Jody Wisternoff feat. Pete Josef - How You Make Me Smile
02. Jody Wisternoff feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Back To Me
03. Jody Wisternoff - 95
04. Jody Wisternoff - Red Stripes
05. Jody Wisternoff feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Out Of Reach
06. Jody Wisternoff - Cold Drink, Hot Girl (Refix)
07. Jody Wisternoff feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Slowmotion
08. Jody Wisternoff - Starstrings (Revamp)
...this track has not lost ONE bit of its original magic. Jody tweaked certain bits, making them come out better but the majority of the track was left untouched. To be honest I expected a complete overhaul. But like with Cold Drink, Hot Girl, Jody merely streamlined the track. Thank God for that, it was great to be back in 2007 for 6:33 revised minutes :)
09. Jody Wisternoff - Pete Josef - Just One More
10. Jody Wisternoff - Babylon Calling
11. Jody Wisternoff - Orinocco
12. Jody Wisternoff - Trails We Blaze
I won't grade the tracks individually as I believe an album or a set for that matter, is more than the sum of its parts: individual tracks don't have to be brilliant to work together perfectly and create an ambience that transcends their individual qualities. That said, I do intend to grade the whole album.
Trails We Blaze = 8,5/10 Why? Because Jody managed to create an album full of lush, dreamy, funky, catchy groovers that epitomize the brilliance of "slower" BPM. Furthermore, Jody's album sounds like it could have been an episode of Intensified, the tracks he created have the same quality as the tracks he promotes in his podcast. I always love it when a DJ you really look up to manages to produce own material that is on par with that he chooses to make you dance with. Then there is the fact that out of five vocal tracks, only one was below average, whilst the rest was executed with style. It's relieving to see that there are EDM artists that put time and effort in their album, stay true to their sound without being predictable or generic and don't choose to create the easy cheesy pop-dance hybrid collaborations that a certain scene I used admire so much has been showing for the past few years.
Now this is a rating based on the first listen, inside my room, after two tough and tiring days. The moment I hear this entire album outside, during a sun-overflowing day, it might easily go up. Nevertheless, Kudos to mr. Wisternoff for creating what currently promises to be my summer soundtrack for 2012 :)