"Carboot Soul" by Nightmares On Wax on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Nightmares On Wax's early bleep-techno releases helped set the futuristic tone of the U.K.'s Warp label. But with 1999's Carboot Soul, he eased into the coziest kind of nostalgia. Named in homage to secondhand-record dealers, his third album is a crate-digger's delight, full of head-nodding breakbeats, muted horns, drowsy Rhodes riffs, and moody funk basslines. Strings and acoustic guitars carry echoes of British folk music, while Sarah Winton's hazy vocals lend whispered intimacy to the softly lit proceedings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nightmares On Wax's early bleep-techno releases helped set the futuristic tone of the U.K.'s Warp label. But with 1999's Carboot Soul, he eased into the coziest kind of nostalgia. Named in homage to secondhand-record dealers, his third album is a crate-digger's delight, full of head-nodding breakbeats, muted horns, drowsy Rhodes riffs, and moody funk basslines. Strings and acoustic guitars carry echoes of British folk music, while Sarah Winton's hazy vocals lend whispered intimacy to the softly lit proceedings.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

32 Ratings

Love NoW

Coptrdr,

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.

A Classic Soul/Instrumental Hip Hop Album

chris34415,

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.

About Nightmares On Wax

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 the burgeoning eclecticism of the years to come. Formed in the late '80s in West Yorkshire as an extension of Evelyn and company's b-boy crew the Soul City Rockers, NoW's first singles, "Dextrous" and "Aftermath," were both highly regarded, and the latter shot into the U.K. pop singles Top 40. The subsequent album laid a good deal of the groundwork for the downtempo experimental hip-hop/electro-funk worked over by Mike Paradinas, Luke Vibert, Spacer, and others, and earned the group a secure spot among techno's select crew of next-step innovators.

The group nonetheless disbanded following Science's release, with early contributor Kevin Harper leaving to pursue a DJ career and Evelyn turning out a smattering of house tracks on Warp's Nucleus subsidiary before settling into bedroom woodshed mode. Following a four-year hiatus, Evelyn resurfaced with a track on the Mo' Wax Headz compilation and, soon after, Smoker's Delight, basically an instrumental hip-hop album with a distinctively British eclecticism. Still involved with the same sorts of genre-spanning sampler-and-sequencer experiments, Smoker's Delight was also less obvious, suited more to repeat listenings than previous material. The same was also true for 1999's Carboot Soul, Evelyn's first album as part of a deal with American indie label Matador for domestic distribution. In 2000, NoW produced the first new track by De La Soul in several years, included on an EP -- Sound of N.O.W -- featuring the rap pioneers. Following on its heels was a volume in the Studio !K7 mix series DJ-Kicks.

Two years later, Evelyn delivered his fourth LP, Mind Elevation. A bigger gap preceded the release of his next proper LP for Warp, but In a Space Outta Sound finally appeared in March 2006, while 2008's Thought So... (the final NoW Warp release) and 2009's Coming Home followed closely behind. Evelyn continued to work as a downtempo DJ, re-signed with Warp, collaborated with Jazzanova arranger Sebastian Studnitzky, and released Feelin' Good, another eclectic set of productions, in 2013. The following year brought a retrospective set, N.O.W. Is the Time, to celebrate 25 years of activity. Morgan Geist, Optimo's JD Twitch, and Ashley Beedle, among others, granted remixes. Two years later, NoW issued the Ground Floor EP, featuring Andrew Ashong, Wolfgang Haffner, and Acid Mondays. The next year, they released the singles "Back to Nature" and "Citizen Kane." ~ Sean Cooper

  • ORIGIN
    Yorkshire, England
  • FORMED
    1988

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