N.O.W IS THE TIME

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The Nightmares on Wax story is one that spans decades and genres. George Evelyn (also known as DJ E.A.S.E) came up in the 80s UK B-Boy and graffiti scene, enamoured with New York hip-hop. He was an innovator in merging those sounds and feelings with the popular sounds of the UK at that time to pioneer what became dubbed “trip-hop.” Releasing classic albums such as Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul and working with the likes of De La Soul and Roots Manuva established NOW as one of the definitive purveyors of hip-hop, funk, dub and soul. 25 years on, his fanbase is still growing. N.O.W IS THE TIME is a compilation that celebrates Evelyn’s career-to-date.

Feelin’ Good

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Both Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul filter into the genial bounce and contagiousness of Nightmares on Wax’s seventh studio outing, Feelin’ Good. ‘Masterplan’ is bracing trip hop soul featuring Californian folk singer Katy Gray; ‘Now Is The Time’ is a squidgy funk assault that George reckons is marinated in Wax da Jam flavour; ‘Give Thx’ bleeds ‘70s Motown vibes; ‘Eye (Can’t See)’ is a gripping, glitched, Latin groove, the latter pair both featuring ex-Zero 7 singer Mozez; ‘Om Sweet H(om)e’ finds M People percussionist Shovel and George himself revving up to the sounds of chanting Tibetan monks.

On the album title, George says, “The album initially had many possible names, but I got on the mic at Wax da Jam and talked about how music shifted the energy to make people feel good. It’s everybody’s sovereign right to feel good, so I want the album to remind people of that, a soundscape to feeling good, that’s my aim.”

Thought So…

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“My wife and I decided at the start of 2005 that we wanted to move to Ibiza,” George explains. “In A Space Outta Sound was coming out in March 2006 and we were moving in May 2006. I had this brainwave to get my studio over to Ibiza. Why don’t I set up my studio in a camper van and travel from Leeds to Ibiza and make the next album? This is what became Thought So. “


By this time, having launched a new club night in Ibiza under the name Wax Da Jam (there was also a Wax Da Beach that preceded it), which brought George back to his first love of DJing. “I wanted to play the foundations of dance music,” he states. “I couldn’t believe I wasn’t hearing that. We’ve got dance music, but not the essence. We’ve got the sunshine, the weather, the chemistry’s right; it can’t go wrong. We were not allowed to advertise, because first of all it’s a restaurant and secondly, the disco mafia would shut you down. So it was all word of mouth, but what happened was we ended up being the night, where if the promoter was free, they’d come down or if a worker had a night off they’d come to it. We ended up having the spirit of Ibiza at our night.”

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