Nightmares on Wax is the electronic music project/nom de plume of British DJ, producer and turntablist George Evelyn, who’s been experimenting with down-tempo, groove-oriented sounds coming up on three decades now. This year’s Shape the Future expands upon the vocal and instrumental collabs first introduced in 2013 LP Feelin’ Good.
Songs like “Typical” pit the aggrieved pleas of Australian soul singer Jordan Rakei against R&B of a new-fashioned Motown vintage; the lamenting serenades from London-based artist Mozez, rhymes by Winnipeg rapper Allan Kingdom, and haunting gospel-hued support vocals of “Citizen Kane” carry over a fusion of hiphop and light acid house beats; and “Tomorrow” reeks of vintage dub style, with LSK’s falsetto calls evoking the late Junior Murvin while the production qualities have an Upsetters sort of appeal. NoW performs a set of “favorites and future classics” on his current tour, and he’ll be joined by a drummer and a cast of rotating guest vocalists at the Nectar Lounge show tonight. Check out a playlist of NoW tracks below and get your groove thang going early.