Dusting Off... Nightmares On Wax's Smokers Delight
What is it?
Released in 1995, Smokers Delight is the second album by George Evelyn under the name Nightmares On Wax. Usually described as trip-hop, Smokers Delight is a downtempo, instrumental album that incorporates dub, reggae and hip hop and it's one of the most mellow, laid back records you'll ever hear.
The most well-known of the album's 16 tracks is probably 'Nights Introlude', a recurring theme throughout the album that uses a sample from Quincy Jones' cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's 'Summer in the City', but it's difficult to pick stand-out tracks because the album's tracks segue into one another as if the whole record is just one long piece of music.
If you're looking for a record to chill out to on a Sunday morning after a heavy night of partying, this is just about the perfect choice.
Why should I revisit?
Nightmares on Wax released some of the earliest music to be featured on the Sheffield-based Warp Records imprint, a label which has a reputation for putting out some of the most forward-thinking electronic music around and which has been host to artists like Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, among many, many others. There's something timeless about this record too and while there are lots of albums that are in the same kind of ball park, nothing else sounds quite like Smokers Delight.
Who will enjoy it?
If you're a fan of producers like Bonobo and Quantic then this will be right up your street, and there's plenty more where this came from with another six studio albums to choose from.