Waifs & Strays first appeared among the new wave of house-leaning producers to emerge from Bristol's ever fertile music scene back in 2010 alongside friends like Eats Everything and Julio Bashmore. Their output spliced Amos Nelson's' love for traditional Chicago grooves with Rich Beanland's bass-orientated background, together they brought a unique take on house music which captured the imagination of party people around the world, from their hometown all the way to the USA and across Europe.
Waifs & Strays announced their arrival with 'Yeah, Yeah' on Leftroom, which was named Essential New Tune by Pete Tong in 2011 and went on to become one of the year's biggest hits. The follow up release came via Jamie Jones' seminal label Hot Creations, the sultry 'Body Shiver' was a perfect fit for Jones' bass-heavy, groove-laden sets, and was included on his Fabric 59 mix CD.
As the song says "house is a feeling" and Waifs & Strays have always maintained a strong variety in their sets and productions from the piano fueled 'Love On Another' to the darker, harder sound of 'Lost In The Party', but always with pure house music at its heart. They cultivated a timeless sound, staying relevant and popular by sticking to what they believe in and going on feeling, rather than following trends. As a result they secured appearances at some of the world's best known and most influential clubs and festivals, including Fabric, DC10, Glastonbury and several dusty performances at Burning Man.
Fast forward to 2014 and Amos is now operating as a solo artist under the Waifs & Strays monicker, 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.
Making a strong connection Kerri Chandler's Madtech label has allowed him to explore his appreciation for the roots of house further, and he's already signed new music to Luke Solomon's highly-respected Classic label, Large Music and Bristol’s own Futureboogie label, with plenty more to come. Not to mention a whole host of high-profile club and festival appearances booked in for 2014.
So a new chapter begins, but the ethos remains the same; to keep the dance floor moving to a soundtrack of house music of the highest order.
A simple mantra that will ensure Waifs & Strays remain a relevant force for years to come...