Night­mares on Wax is set to release his album Shout Out! To Free­dom on 29th Octo­ber and so far, things are look­ing very pos­i­tive for the artists ninth work. Night­mares on Wax, aka George Eve­lyn, has revealed an impres­sive list of col­lab­o­ra­tive forces: Green­tea Peng, OSHUN, Shaba­ka Hutch­ings, Halle Supreme, Pip Mil­lett and more. 

He first issued the dou­ble A side first sin­gle Own Me, and a sec­ond track has just dropped. Excit­ing­ly, it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion called Breathe In with the fab­u­lous New York duo OSHUN. 

Breathe In, with its slinky, psy­che­del­ic groove and OSHUN’s sen­su­al, deep and raw vocals, pulls you into the track­’s core. There’s a trip-hop­py, 90s vibe going on here. It feels infused with pos­i­tiv­i­ty, like some­one put a sun­shiney yel­low fil­ter over the track. The New York duo OSHUN chan­nel ‘ances­tral mag­ic’, and their name is tak­en from the West-African mytho­log­i­cal deity of ‘fresh water, plea­sure, sex­u­al­i­ty, fer­til­i­ty, beau­ty and love’. They have a play­ful urban/nature bal­ance thing going on and this record is a gor­geous expres­sion of this.

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About the upcom­ing album, Eve­lyn feels he may have only just tru­ly stepped into his own groove. As for so many folks, lock­down forced a change of pace and offered some time for mean­ing­ful reflec­tion and intro­spec­tion. “I’ve been gig­ging non-stop for 10 years,” he says. “And that expe­ri­ence has been beau­ti­ful but it also drained me emotionally.”

Eve­lyn already had the wheels in motion for mak­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive album with a vari­ety of guests. “The world had stopped and I’d slowed down but time speed­ed up,” he reflects. 

He “formed cre­ative bonds with new and upcom­ing tal­ent that slot­ted in nice­ly with both the his­to­ry and evo­lu­tion of N.O.W.” The album glides between slick elec­tron­i­ca, smooth jazz, deft hip-hop, and that dis­tinct mid­dle ground that epit­o­mes the essence of N.O.W.

“I think it’s the sto­ry of the human spir­it,” he says. 

N.O.W pho­to: Vik­tor Sloth

Night­mares on Wax Shout Out! To Free­dom out Octo­ber 29 on Warp Records

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