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Originally the combined project of George Evelyn and Kevin "Boywonder" Harper -- the latter of whom was eventually replaced by Robin Taylor-Firth -- Nightmares on Wax became one of the brightest spots on the post-rave British techno map of the early '90s. NoW's debut album, A Word of Science, was -- along with early tracks by LFO, Tuff Little Unit, and Tricky Disco -- a crucial bridge between the competing influences of New York house and electro, Detroit techno and soul, London rave and acid, and the burgeoning eclecticism of the years to come. Formed in the late '80s in West Yorkshire as an extension of Evelyn and company's b-boy crew the Soul City Rockers, NoW's first singles, "Dextrous" and "Aftermath," were both highly regarded, and the latter shot into the U.K. pop singles Top 40. The subsequent album laid a good deal of the groundwork for the downtempo experimental hip-hop/electro-funk worked over by Mike Paradinas, Luke Vibert, Spacer, and others, and earned the group a secure spot among techno's select crew of next-step innovators. The group nonetheless disbanded following Science's release, with early contributor Kevin Harper leaving to pursue a DJ career and Evelyn turning out a smattering of house tracks on Warp's Nucleus subsidiary before settling into bedroom woodshed mode. Following a four-year hiatus, Evelyn resurfaced with a track on the Mo' Wax Headz compilation and, soon after, Smoker's Delight, basically an instrumental hip-hop album with a distinctively British eclecticism. Still involved with the same sorts of genre-spanning sampler-and-sequencer experiments, Smoker's Delight was also less obvious, suited more to repeat listenings than previous material. The same was also true for 1999's Carboot Soul, Evelyn's first album as part of a deal with American indie label Matador for domestic distribution. In 2000, NoW produced the first new track by De La Soul in several years, included on an EP -- Sound of N.O.W -- featuring the rap pioneers. Following on its heels was a volume in the Studio !K7 mix series DJ-Kicks. Two years later, Evelyn delivered his fourth LP, Mind Elevation. A bigger gap preceded the release of his next proper LP for Warp, but In a Space Outta Sound finally appeared in March 2006, while 2008's Thought So... -- the final NoW Warp release -- and 2009's Coming Home followed closely behind. Evelyn continued to work as a downtempo DJ, re-signed with Warp, collaborated with Jazzanova arranger Sebastian Studnitzky, and released Feelin' Good, another eclectic set of productions, in 2013. The following year brought a retrospective set, N.O.W. Is the Time, to celebrate 25 years of activity. Morgan Geist, Optimo's JD Twitch, and Ashley Beedle, among others, granted remixes. ~ Sean Cooper
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Albums by
Nightmares on Wax

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    11 songs

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    Thought So...

    15 songs

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    A Word of Science

    12 songs

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    In a Space Outta Sound

    16 songs

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    Smokers Delight

    13 songs

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    Mind Elevation

    10 songs

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    Carboot Soul

    4 songs

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    N.O.W. Is The Time (Deep Down Edition)

    12 songs

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    LateNightTales

    15 songs

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    Wax On Records, Vol. 3

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    Aftermath: Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer

    28 songs

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    N.O.W. Is the Time

    13 songs

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    Carboot Soul [Bonus Tracks]

    24 songs

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    Smokers Delight

    17 songs

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    LateNightTales

    15 songs

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    Wax On, Vol. 2

    13 songs

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    A Word of Science

    17 songs

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    Smokers Delight

    10 songs

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    Feelin' Good

    18 songs

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    Coming Home

    13 songs

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    In a Space Outta Sound [Japan Bonus Track]

    13 songs

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    Carboot Soul

    13 songs

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    A Word of Science

    6 songs

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    Sound of N.O.W

    17 songs

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    My Definition

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Top Songs by
Nightmares on Wax

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  2.   You Wish
  3.   Finer
  4.   Feelin
  5.   Hear in Colour
  6.   Me!
  7.   Thinking of Omara
  8.   There's Nothing I'd Rather Do featuring Junior Panfast
  9.   Nights Introlude
  10.   Les Nuits
  11.   Stars
  12.   70's & 80's
  13.   Passion
  14.   Calling
  15.   Music Is The Word by The Planty Herbs
  16.   Damn
  17.   Nights Interlude
  18.   195 Lbs
  19.   Mission Venice
  20.   The Sweetest
  21.   Date With Destiny
  22.   Get High, Do Over by Sylk 130
  23.   Mega Donutz
  24.   Rise
  25.   Capumcap
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