Friday, January 16, 2009

788. Nightmares on Wax - Smoker's Delight (1995)

Track Listing

1. Nights Interlude
2. Dredd Overboard
3. Pipes Honour
4. Me + You
5. Stars
6. Wait A Minute
7. Prayin' (For A Jeepbeat)
8. Groove St
9. Time (To Listen)
10. Man Tha Journey
11. Bless My Soul
12. Cruise (Don't Stop)
13. Mission Venice
14. What I'm Feelin' (Good)
15. Rise
16. Rise
17. Gambia Via Vagator Beach


This is one of those albums that is perfect for every occasion where you are not actually paying much attention to the music. Be it smoking weed, making sweet love to a beautiful lady, or guy, having a dinner party, as background to a bar, whatever.

So it is very good ambient music in the sense of wallpaper music. It does sound interesting at times, and you can see influences on everything from Nithin Sawhney in the UK to Moby in a more world-wide scene. The sampling is particularly reminiscent of
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Still the album is varied enough for it never to be boring, even while it clocks up an hour and 15 minutes of music. For what it attempts to do it is a great album. It works perfectly if you are not paying attention to it, and it also rewards closer inspection, while remaining unintrusive.

Track Highlights

1. Mission Venice
2. Night's Introlude
3. Gambia via Vagator Beach
4. Pipes Honour

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Nightmares on Wax is DJ and musician George Evelyn (born c. 1970), also known as DJ EASE (Experimental Sample Expert), from Leeds, UK. Nightmares on Wax's music is released on Warp Records.

Evelyn got his start in the music industry through an interest in hip hop and on joining a local breakdancing crew, he met Kevin Harper and together they released their first album in 1991, a techno-edged record entitled A Word Of Science: The First And Final Chapter.

Evelyn went on to run The Headz Club in Leeds, and started his own record label, Poverty records. The next Nightmares on Wax release was not until Smoker's Delight in 1995, by which time Harper had left to pursue a career in DJing, reducing the band to a solo project. Evelyn began to record more of his trademark chill-out tracks, and brought in a variety of musicians and vocalists, giving the music a greater variety as well as allowing him to take the band out on tour.

In 2000, Evelyn assisted in the comeback of hip hop pioneers De La Soul, when they appeared on the EP The Sound of N.O.W.. Although De La Soul have maintained a steady, loyal and strong fanbase since the beginning of their career some have argued that Evelyn's EP helped push them back into the public eye.

Night's Introlude:

1 comment:

Lachlan Willis said...

The book seems to also share the same sentiment that it is perfect background music. I agree as well, this album is my go-to album for whenever you just want some music in the background without having to worry about pandering to anyones taste at all. That it is also a brilliant album with lots of interesting sounds, is just another plus.