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Carboot Soul

Nightmares On Wax

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Album Review

Four years on from Smoker's Delight and, fortunately, little has changed for George Evelyn's Nightmares on Wax project. While he could've easily been forgiven for following the nu-beat crowd and inserting a few prescient big beats into the blunted trip-hop formula, it's all clear from the opener, "Les Nuits" (a NoW theme of sorts, repeated from Smoker's Delight), that at hand is a return to form, not a turn away from the trip-hop style that took such a beating during the late '90s. The lazy-day soul samples driving tracks like "Morse" and "Finer" are perfect examples that instrumental hip-hop doesn't have to resort to the usual producer's bag of tricks to make for music leagues beyond the average. There's also a focus here lacking from previous material; fewer interludes make for a more concentrated listening experience. All in all, Carboot Soul is one of the best arguments yet for the continuing development of trip-hop beyond mere coffee table fare.

Customer Reviews

A Classic Soul/Instrumental Hip Hop Album

My favorite Nightmares on Wax album, it's just a classic. "Morse", "Ease Jimi", "Fire In The Middle", and "Capumcap" are a few favorites, but I'd recommend this whole album as a great starting place if you're just getting into soullful instrumental hip hop. The thing is, over the years Carboot Soul has remained a staple of my music collection, and given that it was released over 10 years ago, it still sounds as fresh and inspiring as when I heard "Morse" for the first time years ago. The samples are inventive and create a vibe I haven't been able to find anywhere else really, from swelling strings to almost unintelligible female vocals, to R&B rhythm sections and contemplative guitar/synth parts. Highly recommended to anyone even remotely interested in hip hop, jazz, soul, or electronic music...George Evelyn makes solid tunes that will stay with you for a while. He blends everything together well without sounding overly self-conscious, playing to certain trends, or sounding dated - it's an easy, lasting classic in my book.

Love NoW

I love these guys! DJ EASE has the right idea with this band combining smooth electronic music with soul searching vocals that gives me a spirtual experience everytime I listen. Which is a lot and it never gets old everytime they come up on my shuffle I listen with delight no matter which song it is. Morse is the song that turned me on to them. It still reminds me of when I heard it driving through the sugarcane fields of Kauai on my way to an amazing surf session.

Classic

Les nuits is Top 10 of Best Songs in my Book

Biography

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...
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