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Album Review

George Evelyn, the Nightmares on Wax producer who provided the template for 2000-2001's downbeat movement almost a decade before it became the bane of mix album fans, returned just in time with another LP of supremely chilled beats. Unfortunately, though, Mind Elevation isn't the unqualified triumph of Carboot Soul or Smoker's Delight, with Evelyn substituting a couple of vocal tracks for the trance-state trip-hop of his previous work. Admittedly, the acid jazz groover "Date with Destiny" and the breezy dub track "70s 80s" prove that Evelyn is surprisingly proficient at crafting a good production for use under a vocal, combining a bare few elements (like the good acid house producer he is) yet weaving them together well. And he can still stop time merely by repeating the right sample and manipulating the bass (as he does perfectly on "Humble" and "Say-Say"). Still, the NoW blueprint of skeletal productions and a clever eye to detail appears to fail him in several places. The faux classical "Bleu My Mind" doesn't even rise to the level of Classical Chillout, and far too many tracks don't even rise above the quality of fair to middling downbeat. Ironically, the fact that there are so many vocals really saves Mind Elevation from being the first bland record by Nightmares on Wax; as it is, there's something to focus on for those few tracks where the old production genius just doesn't seem to be there anymore.

Customer Reviews

I heart this Album

This album was my first introduction to this band so many moons ago. Gotta say most of this album is awesome! Smooth sounds with a dope going to the beach type vibe. I still occasionally listen to some tracks of to this day. A classic album that should not be over looked.

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I love NoW, but this one just doesn't do it for me

I was surprised and disappointed by this album, especially coming off the brilliant Carboot Soul. I'm a huge fan of A Word of Science, Smokers Delight, Carboot Soul (and even In a Space Outta Sound is a very good record) but I have to say this is the weakest link in the chain of NoW albums. Don't get me wrong, I love some of these songs, especially some of the vocal tracks. "Date With Destiny," "70s 80s," and "Know My Name" are all fantastic. A lot of times, though, the almost schizophrenic skipping between these vocal numbers and songs that follow NoW's older formula makes for an unbalanced record, and to add to that, several of the tunes styled in NoW's older, more traditional mold don't come anywhere near the greatness exhibited on previous albums. That said, there are still some tunes that are worth it on here - preview and pick the ones you like best. Just don't expect another masterpiece.


Formed: 1988 in Yorkshire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally the combined project of George Evelyn and Kevin "Boywonder" Harper -- the latter of whom was eventually replaced by Robin Taylor-Firth -- Nightmares on Wax became one of the brightest spots on the post-rave British techno map of the early '90s. NoW's debut album, A Word of Science, was -- along with early tracks by LFO, Tuff Little Unit, and Tricky Disco -- a crucial bridge between the competing influences of New York house and electro, Detroit techno and soul, London rave and acid, and...
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