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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.


Les nuits is Top 10 of Best Songs in my Book


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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