NIGHTMARES ON WAX
2018 was a defining year for Nightmares on Wax. He kicked it off with the release of his latest album ‘Shape The Future’, seen by critics and fans as another classic in his illustrious, near three decade career of releasing records. He’s toured the world playing his biggest headline shows to date in all the major cities, dropped remixes from some of electronic music’s finest including Moodymann and Ron Trent, done a BBC Radio 1 Essential mix and recently broke the world record for the highest altitude DJ set, on a charity ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The mountain top solitude of George Evelyn’s Ibiza home is a far cry from his old life back in Leeds when every weekend it was always back to his at the end of the night. “I had a huge basement so what else could I do but stick a mega sound system down there and convert it into a nightclub?” With a childhood drenched in his dad’s jive and swing collection and a disco dancing champion for a sister, music was always going to be the life journey for our Nightmares on Wax legend. Founded in his home city of Leeds, the last three decades has witnessed Evelyn embark on an extraordinary eight album experimentation exploring everything from downbeat, electro, hip hop, soul, classical, reggae, funk, rock and everything in between. From the finest low ceiling city dives to six figure festival fields, there has been no corner untouched in the world that hasn’t received the Nightmares On Wax audio treatment.
Naturally, the 13 tracks - including three exclusive to this mix - are impeccably mixed and blended, as you’d expect from a DJ and collector of George’s pedigree. His selection includes a strong representation from his roots in Northern England. Opening with respected Manchester soul duo Children of Zeus, Hull’s Steve Cobby provides his own ‘Lefthanded Books’ featuring Crazy P’s Danielle Moore and also introduces his chuggy-disco project Chieftain. NOW’s recent single ‘Look Up’ makes a welcome appearance and the producer also gifts the mix with an exclusive in the form of brand new track ‘Goodship’.
Moving internationally; there’s Greek producer Dim Zach who doffs a cap to Imagination on the synth-heavy ‘Innocence’, US-born/Colombian based Afro/Latin/disco/funk producer Bosq, Italy’s Massimo Vanoni with the slo-mo funk ‘Exciting Groove’, the deep and jazzy ‘Gotta Have It’ by Berlin’s Soulphiction side project SBM and two tracks by New Zealander Ladi6. There are more exclusives with Creative Principle ‘Caught In The Middle’ and NOW’s own remix of Fat Freddy’s Drop rounding off a formidable Back To Mine mix.
The first volume of Back To Mine was released in February 1999 by Nick Warren and it went on to include editions by Groove Armada, Orbital, New Order, Roots Manuva and Mercury Rev. The compilations are based on what the artist would play at home after a night out, rather than as part of a nightclub session - tagged "a personal collection for after-hours grooving".