Combining elements of electronic experimentalism, soul, jazz, Cuban, and even sometimes hip-hop, the new Nightmares on Wax will probably give you good dreams, even if you play it on vinyl.
Nightmares on Wax is the project of George Evelyn. He's brought back the sampled-based nature of earlier projects like Smokers Delight, with roving samples dropping in an out to navigate you through a sonic world of beats and horns and sounds. It's a high taste affair of well styled music, enough bring an element of sophistication to any setting.
Not that it's all high culture, either. These songs would fit in as the soundtrack to a summer backyard barbeque just as easily. It's got a big summer vibe to it, with cool breeze tempos and casual summer day melodies.
That doesn't sound very nightmarish, does it? It's a very adventerous album, well-crafted, well-adjusted, and well-sounding. It reminds me of everything that was good and lush on Tricky's Maxinquaye, Digable Planet's city vibe on Blowout Comb, Billie Holiday on any song she did... and too many influences to name.