Iconic Warp mainstay Nightmares On Wax has announced his long-anticipated return with a new album Shape The Future.
The marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and the timeless club sounds that Nightmares On Wax has been mutating and perfecting for years finds, perhaps, its most fluid form yet on the new album.
Energised by globetrotting runs of studio sessions and DJ sets, this latest salvo is a masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre blending that solidifies Nightmares On Wax’s place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead. No more so than on the shamanistic vocals of recent single Back To Nature and, in particular, the arresting voices of Mozez and Kanye West and Flume collaborator Allan Kingdom, as featured on the brand-new cut Citizen Kane.
George Evelyn aka Nightmares On Wax says:
“Whilst making Shape The Future, I’ve journeyed both inwardly and outwardly all over the world, both physically and emotionally. I feel like I had to mature making this record, as it posed a lot of challenges along the way; more than I anticipated. You’re a different person each day so I could never make the same album again. Expressions change. I’ve brought in a lot of outside people, including musicians and a lot of orchestration. It’s brought a lot of enrichment. Each album to me is a discovery and a reflection; a mirror where I’m at in life over a period of time through writing and touring. It inspires my reality and affects my outlook on things and, in turn, they’re expressed through the music; expressing a message through different sides of emotion and our relationship to our reality”
Citizen Kane demonstrates the journey that Nightmares On Wax has taken over his expansive and influential career. Pushing further into deep, gospel-tinged hip hop than ever before, whilst moulded by a master craftsmen of production and never losing the trademark sound of Nightmares On Wax. The video’s narrative of Deep South rebirth was shot over the summer in New Orleans, and was directed by James Burns and features Langston Fishburne.
The director James Burns says:
“After hearing Citizen Kane, images of the Deep South instantly began to flood my thoughts. In the film, our main character is at the point of making a choice. This crossroad for him plays out in two scenes that articulate both his dark past and his potentially pure future, so we needed a location that could powerfully evoke both. Louisiana’s history is tied so deeply to the African American struggle and when you see those iconic rural mangroves, dense with live oaks and Spanish moss, you can’t help but feel the weight of that struggle. And in the city of New Orleans there is also a really crisp duality between the old and the new. It’s a city that has had to quite literally be reborn after tragedy so it felt perfect for our story
Nightmares On Wax is one of the most influential artists of a generation, his music having inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career. As Warp’s longest serving active artist, he has broadened the sound of the label and paved the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie
Nightmares On Wax has now announced a full and extensive international tour immediately following the album’s release on 26 January. Full dates as follows:
Thu 01 BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Fri 02 LONDON Koko
Sat 03 LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall
Tue 06 DUBLIN Distrikt 8
Wed 07 MANCHESTER Gorilla
Thu 08 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
Fri 09 LIVERPOOL Invisible Wind Factory
Sat 10 GLASGOW SWG3