Back in 2009 I was browsing iTunes and stumbled upon Nighmares on Wax’ album In a Space Outta Sound, a set that contained a number of dub heavy reggae meets ethereal hip-hop tracks. I especially enjoyed the organic Damn and the rocksteadyfied Flip ya Lid. The set was released in 2006 and to be honest I haven’t paid Nightmares on Wax much attention for the past years. Up until August this year when I heard that a new album was about to be put out.
Nightmares on Wax is the brainchild of George Evelyn, a UK producer that has been instrumental in putting trip-hop on the global music map. For the past seven years he has lived in an Ibizan farmhouse producing music and playing local clubs.
Feelin’ Good is his seventh studio album and the first in five years. It’s not Balearic electronica as one could assume. And it’s not reggae either. Feelin’ Good actually has very little to do with both electronica and reggae.
The album is largely built on influences from soul, funk, easy-listening, hip-hop, disco and dub. It collects ten warm and breezy tracks with grooves deep as the Atlantic Ocean. It’s repetitive and monotonous with wobbling bass lines and sonically rich and detailed orchestration, complete with strings.
Feelin’ Good might set you in a trance and it’s easy to get lost in the grooves with your head nodding back and forward, back and forward, back and forward.