Above the Clouds: Josh Wink

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In the faceless world of dance music, Josh Wink is one of those rarified superstars. 

However, there is a lot more to this dread-locked, vegetarian from Philadelphia, U.S.A. than the huge acid-breakbeat single Higher State of Consciousness that took him into the UK top ten and that first brought him into the public eye. 

As his first album Left Above the Clouds would testify Josh was equally adept at creating cutting-edge trip-hop, drum'n'bass and ambient sound-scapes, even having the audacity to include spoken-word passages. 

Since then, Josh Wink has continued to grow in stature with singles such as "I'm ready" (released under the pseudonym Size 9), "Don't laugh" and "Are you there" culminating with his ground-breaking second album Herehear released on his own "Ovum" label which showcased the multi-faceted nature of his music and saw him work with artistes as diverse as Caroline Crawley (singer from "This Mortal Coil") and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

These were followed up with 20 to 20, When a Banana Was Just a Banana and When a Banana Was Just a Banana (Remixed & Peeled).

In addition to his artist albums, Wink has released many DJ mix albums, three of his most well-known being Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the Profound Sounds series. Profound Sounds Volume 3 is notable in that it contains Wink's popular remix of the Radiohead song "Everything in Its Right Place", which despite becoming a favorite of DJs as a bootlegged mp3, Wink was able to license exclusively for his album through negotiations with Radiohead, their publisher and management team."

As a DJ Josh Wink has played extensively in every corner of the world including his first appearance in Prague at the Roxy (way back in 1997), which despite it being a Wednesday was packed with clubbers who were to witness him relentlessly attacking the equaliser during a driving set of filtered techno, dirty house and breakbeats.

DJ Josh Wink regularly tours Europe, you can find a complete list of where he'll be (and where he's been) at Resident Advisor... Wherever he ends up on the decks, you can bet that I'll be seeing you at the bar!


- www.joshwink.com
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