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Smokers Delight by Nightmares On Wax
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Nightmares On Wax: George Evelyn.

Additional personnel: Chris Dawkins (guitar); Taylor Firth (keyboards, programming); Hamlet Luton (bass); Shovell (percussion); E.A.S.E. (programming).

Engineers: Phil Jones, Richard Brown, Bruce Wood.

Recorded at Fon Studios, Sheffield, England; T.T.B. Studios, Wakefield, England; Touchwood Studios, Leeds, England.

This largely instrumental, second Nightmares on Wax album--after the highly regarded WORD OF SCIENCE-- is essentially a solo work by George Evelyn, made after the departure of his partner, Kevin Haper. The booklet contains a plea that this record not be referred to as trip-hop, saying that it is actually hip-hop. Though a reasonable request, make no mistake--SMOKERS DELIGHT is in no way a hip-hop record in the way that, say, Too Short's SHORTY THE PIMP is a hip-hop record.

Opening with a four-and-a-half minute slow groove, driven by piano and bass, SMOKERS DELIGHT clearly sets itself apart from mainstream hip-hop--the tracks feature serious jazz influences, touches of ambient, some very low-key funk, and almost no vocals. The best tracks are the more than seven-minute-long "Groove St.," featuring the kind of rubbery bass line that recalls Bernie Worrell's finest; the meandering build-up and wiggly guitar of "Cruise (Don't Stop)"; and the awe-inspiring, good-natured secret agent sleaze of "Mission Venice." If you are in the mood for a cool, down-tempo trip, SMOKERS DELIGHT is your ticket.

What the critics say...

Alternative Press (2/96, p.78) - "...Hip-hop beats, jazz sonorities, syncopated rhythms--NOW pull them all together, folding them into a smooth, frothy concoction. Pure aural seduction."
CMJ (10/23/00, p.10) - Included in CMJ's "5 Essential Downbeat Albums" - "...A stony affair comprised of languid jazz melodies, rolling dub-bass, lazy funk riffs and instrumental hip-hop ambience..."
Option (3-4/96, p.115) - " electro-pop fan's dream come true...sophisticated stoner music, leaving behind the usual cheap grooves and easy laughs for over an hour's worth of pure electronic soul..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Nights Interlude
  2. Dredd Overboard
  3. Pipes Honour
  4. Me + You
  5. Stars
  6. Groove St.
  7. Time (To Listen)
  8. Tha Journey, (Man)
  9. Bless My Soul
  10. Cruise (Don't Stop)
  11. Mission Venice
  12. What I'm Feelin' (Good)
  13. Rise
  14. Gambia Via Vagator Beach
Release date Australia
October 17th, 1995
Wax Trax! Records (USA)
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