Classic Album Sundays co-hosted a special collaboration with Boiler Room, Worldwide FM and Night Dreamer celebrating 25 years of Smokers Delight in which Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy spoke with George Evelyn of Nightmares on Wax about the creation of this classic album. They discussed his musical roots and the evolution of Nightmares on Wax. They also discussed and played some of the samples Evelyn excavated from some of his most cherished LPs.
Nightmares on Wax’ sophomore LP was a defining moment of ’90s trip hop and downtempo sound along with other heavy-hitters including Massive Attack’s Blue Lines, Portishead’s Dummy and Tricky’s Maxinquaye. The LP fused together a cornucopia of sound: “It was all the things that turned me on: reggae, soul, and through sampling and digging, hip hop was the backbone,” Evelyn said of the samples on Smoker’s Delight in Joe Muggs’ book Bass, Mids, Tops.
After watching the interview, we encourage you to listen to the entire album, uninterrupted on any format available to you, following the Classic Album Sundays listening guidelines: refrain from conversation, turn off your phone, turn down the lights, turn up the volume and turn on. Thanks for listening!
Four compositions created by layering tape loops of differing lengths, and was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal.
The album marked a significant reduction in the reggae influences that were a part of the band's first four records, instead featuring production-heavy textures and liberal use of synthesizers that, at times, drove entire songs.