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Nightmares on Wax : Shape the Future

Progressive beats outfit Nightmares on Wax is associated with many genres from trip-hop and acid house. Both are lazy misappropriations due to a misguided metaphor based off where the project’s main driver, George Evelyn is from the UK.
 
As evidenced on the act’s seventh LP, Shape the Future, Nightmares on Wax is an act that continues the legacy of early music innovators Malcolm McLaren circa Duck Rock (1983) and Sugar Hill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight (1979), by using soul, hip-hop and reggae as the building blocks of it’s musical outputs.
 
Opening track for the album Back to Nature’ is a collaboration with Kuauhtli Vasquez & Wixarika Tribe. Vasquez is a Roadman and Spiritual Chief of the Teokalli Quetzalcoatl Native American Church, a man who has devoted his life to walking the path of the Sacred Medicines. You can hear the tribe’s voices chanting throughout the downtempo piece that is accented by strings, keys and spoken word: Vasquez intoning the need for everyone to get in touch with their true self and give back to nature. Cool story bro – hallucinogens are a lot of fun, I guess.
 
Highlights include ‘Tell My Vision’ and ‘Citizen Kane’.
 
8/10