The new album from Nightmares on Wax, Warp Records' longest serving artist, 'Feelin' Good', is about just that, embracing positivity and natural beauty, drawing on funk, soul and reggae references.
Sonically rich with orchestration and strings created in Berlin by Jazzanova arranger Sebastian Studnitzky, keyboards by long-term collaborator Robin Taylor-Firth, drums by virtuoso German jazz percussionist Wolfgang Haffner and bass from Paul Powell, percussion from Shovell - The Drum Warrior and vocals from Mozez of Zero 7 fame, this is NOW’s most musically opulent work yet.
Nightmares on Wax is an institution, albeit a delightfully different one. Best known in Europe for his ground-breaking ‘90s albums ‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul’ and in America the cinematic lo-funk of 2006’s ‘In A Space Outta Sound’, George’s recording career and his contemporary Balearic vision, filter into the contagious, genial bounce of his seventh studio outing.
A major influence on his forthcoming album and live show is George’s own club night Wax Da Jam, hosted at Ibiza’s oldest club Las Dalias. Here he soundtracks a night of groove, experimentation, percussion and improvisation, alongside guests such as DJ Shadow and Roots Manuva. It’s all about ‘Feelin’ Good’... “It’s been pivotal to my music making,” he says, “and also made me think about the new concept of my live show. I’ve done the full band thing and the sound system thing and now I really want to marry the two and to do so with a real live percussive edge.”