Review: Veteran British downtempo producer George Evelyn aka Nightmares On Wax presents his ninth studio album on the esteemed Warp Records. Featuring 15 new tracks, on Shout Out! To Freedom...' Evelyn encouraged all the guest artists to 'make music inspired by what freedom means to them'. Some of the highlights include the evocative Balearic beats of "3D Warrior" (feat Shabaka Hutchings & Haile Supreme & Wolfgang Haffner), the dope urban swagger of "Wikid Satellites" featuring neo-soul artist Greentea Peng, and the jazzy sunset feels of "Isolated" (feat Pip Millett & Sabrina Mahfouz).
Review: "Here's two tracks we've been sitting on from a few years ago that didn't feel quite right for the 'Love What Survives' album," write Dom and Kai from Mount Kimbie. With an overt analogue signal mixed with acoustic recordings and colourful blend of infectious influences like shoegaze, minimal, indie, post-punk and electronica - both tracks offer some kind of Ryuichi Sakamoto vibe ("Bamboo Houses" let's say) with a touch of Madchester-influences and 4th World music. "Black Stone" delves into a sound that inspires memories of acts like Forest Swords through its gritty melancholic element - with "Blue Liquid" adding a touch of surfer rock that's enough to have you look up bands like King Krule ("Dumb Surfer"), Corners ("Caught In Frustration") or Allah-Las ("Catamaran") - happy days.
Review: Following from Nightmares On Wax's Imagineering single the legendary Warp artist follows suit with Wonder, a two track trip diving through soundsystem filter funk and crestfallen electro-jazz. Featuring the golden vocals of Haile Supreme across both tracks, "Own Me" sees the artist's voice morph between half Ol' Dirty Bastard Wu-Tang sample & half cosmic soul train instrument. Backed by heavily dubbed-out beats, peaking filter switches and dope horns, Nightmares On Wax looks to textural love ballads in "Wonder", also featuring Haile Supreme and British jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings in effect. New school jazz meets future pop.