10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As seamlessly suave and devilishly clever as ever, Nightmares on Wax return after a five-year absence with an album that updates the group's trip-hop pastiches with fresh grooves and textures. Feelin’ Good mostly lives up to its title, though as usual producer/mastermind George Evelyn and co-conspirator Robin Taylor-Firth temper their love of billowy, caressing atmospherics with tinges of unsettling weirdness. Classic soul and jazz remain key components, filtered through a cosmopolitan sensibility that deftly blends samples with organic sounds. Drummer Wolfgang Haffner (a sly genre-bender in his own right) and arranger Sebastian Studnitzky (who brings a Teutonic elegance to his string and brass work here) are among the notables contributing to the tracks. “Be, I Do,” “Give Tnx," and “Tapestry” stand out for their woozy, insistent rhythms and positive vibes. The fluttery tingle of “So Here We Are” and the aquatic quiver of “Now Is the Time” hint at heavenly states just beyond the beat. Worthy of special mention is “Master Plan,” a sultry track that’s both inviting and otherworldly.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As seamlessly suave and devilishly clever as ever, Nightmares on Wax return after a five-year absence with an album that updates the group's trip-hop pastiches with fresh grooves and textures. Feelin’ Good mostly lives up to its title, though as usual producer/mastermind George Evelyn and co-conspirator Robin Taylor-Firth temper their love of billowy, caressing atmospherics with tinges of unsettling weirdness. Classic soul and jazz remain key components, filtered through a cosmopolitan sensibility that deftly blends samples with organic sounds. Drummer Wolfgang Haffner (a sly genre-bender in his own right) and arranger Sebastian Studnitzky (who brings a Teutonic elegance to his string and brass work here) are among the notables contributing to the tracks. “Be, I Do,” “Give Tnx," and “Tapestry” stand out for their woozy, insistent rhythms and positive vibes. The fluttery tingle of “So Here We Are” and the aquatic quiver of “Now Is the Time” hint at heavenly states just beyond the beat. Worthy of special mention is “Master Plan,” a sultry track that’s both inviting and otherworldly.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

dfs61 ,

I’m Hearing A New Direction….

I’ve read the negative reviews of NOW’s latest collection, and, to be honest, I, too, was a bit disappointed upon first listen. Let’s face it: NOTHING they’ve done since the lofty heights of “Carboot Soul” and “Smoker’s Delight” has come close to mimicking those apexes (or apices, depending upon your vernacular). Granted, there’ve been subsequent collections — is the term “album” used anymore? — that have had some smashing tunes; alas, nothing with the consistency of the aforementioned. (I was severely disappointed with their last “album”; although, after quite a number of listens, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.) So, I digress…. This latest, “Feelin’ Good,” doesn’t quite hit the heights of years past; however, the overall consistency is quite formidable, and harks to a “fork in the road” (so to speak) in NOW’s musical direction. “Be, I Do” is simply smashing, with its itchy arrangements, and simple, yet powerful message. The opening tune is certainly reminiscent of earlier instrumentals. “H(om)e” is an hypnotic, trance-like, meditation of something both calm and spooky. (And the title is quite clever.) There’s only a couple of misfires here (in my opinion), with the loser being, “Masterplan.” Yes, the musical arrangement is other-worldly, foreboding, and even outré; nonetheless, the vocals and lyrics are (for me) tinny, juvenile and derivative. Overall, I think this is a fantastic “comeback” (of sorts) for NOW. I’d give it an extra ½ star, if I could….

tommyclarke ,

the stuff of my dreams

i love me some wax.

seedeep ,

Smooth and waxy!

Very nice, made my morning.

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