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Waifs and strays. No we’re not on about what our Grandfather refers to us and our friends as (although he does) we’re of course referring to the former Bristolian house duo now one artist act of the same name. First emerging from the West Country back in 2010 the last four years had been been kind to the twosome with their brand of bass charged house music winning them fans across the land.

After announcing their arrival on the big stage with ‘Yeah, Yeah’ on Leftroom, they further cemented their standing within the scene with their follow up arriving via Jamie Jones’ esteemed Hot Creations imprint with the sultry ‘Body Shiver’ making its way into many of Jones’ bass-heavy, groove-laden sets, more importantly his Fabric 59 mix CD.

Fast forward to 2014 and Amos is now operating as a solo artist under the Waifs & Strays moniker, with Rich taking a sabbatical due to health issues. Going from a two-man working relationship to riding solo can be a tough break for some, but for Amos it’s a challenge that he’s relishing. Now working alone, he’s pushing the project forward with a renewed zeal, dedicating his time and energy to bolstering his production skills with a clear vision of where the project is heading.As their song said “house is a feeling” and Amos evidenced by his sets and productions this is clearly a message he has taken to heart. As a result Amos has secured appearances at some of the world’s best clubs and festivals, with Fabric, DC10 and Glastonbury just a few of our favourite places to house his talents as Waifs & Strays.

So with a hotly anticipated performance for Kitsuné Club Night Easter Party @ Village Underground, London on Saturday 4th April alongside DJ Falcon & Alan Braxe  we thought the time was right to welcome Waifs & Strays to the podcast series. Enjoy.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Thirteen tracks mixed together on turntables, cdjs and a mixer

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Klindimmer – Roll. I heard Ralph Lawson play this at Eastern Electrics, and I had been after it for ages but didn’t know its name…so thanks Ralph!

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

There isn’t one really, just some really great tunes that I am feeling at the moment. It was recorded in one take with no studio trickery afterwards…so hopefully the fully ‘live’ feel comes through (one of the records jumps at one point!).

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
I closed Amnesia terrace with my good friend Eats Everything last week. Amnesia terrace is such a legendary place, and has to be one of the top dancefloors in the world right now, so to get to play there was amazing.

What have you got coming up?
My resonance release came out last month, and then I have an EP coming on Skreams new label ‘Of Unsound Mind’ which i am really excited about. And then a load of remixes including a Romanthony track and a remix for Ben Pearce’s Purp n Soul label. That and some really great gigs in the winter!
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Success doesn’t come for free, but the end result is worth it.

Tracklist
Campaner – The Old Beat
Patrick Coakely – Between Us
Genetikal Twins & Dubwell – Still Dark ( Jou, Light Zeque remix)
Okain – By Your Side
Tucillo – Try It Again
DJ Le Roi – Morning Walk
Klindimmer – Roll
Ugur Project – Count on Me
Sante – Freak That
Dirty Culture & Nusha – Cold As My Soul
Ray Okpara – Buster
Mobius Strum – Ahmo Pari (Waifs & Strays Edit)
Dachshund – Ganja

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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