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Dam Swindle

Keep On Swindling Pt. 3 - Inc. Nightmares On Wax / DJ Bones Remixes

We’ve come to the third and final installment of Dam Swindle’s ‘Keep on Swindling’ series, finishing off their 10-year anniversary with a bang. This final EP holds 2 new originals, remixes by Nightmares on Wax and DJ Bone and the long-awaited re-release of their seminal track from 2013: ‘The Wrap Around’.

‘Keep on Swindling part 3’ kicks off with ‘You’; a fast-paced slice of electronic funk that sees the boys dive into heady club territory. With this track, they show a new direction in their sound that combines their vintage sampled-based soulfulness with modern percussive and melodic elements. Whether it’s the moody arpeggio, the techno-ish stabs or the bell-driven percussion in ‘You’; it’s all coming together in a way that is both heartwarming and rush-inducing.

The A side also holds ‘More Love’; a track that takes you back to what has been the center of the Dam Swindle sound in the past 10 years. Conga loops, vocal chops, synth stabs and a simple string to keep the tension; it’s all in there. Add to that a simple funk bass loop and you’ve got yourself a modern-day Swindle classic.

On the flip, you’ll find a special song from the Dam Swindle catalog: ‘The Wrap Around’. When released on Huxley’s now defunct Saints & Sonnets label back in 2013, the release made its way into many record bags and sold out quickly, never to be repressed again. Discogs prices went through the roof, while the title track became one of the biggest tracks for Dam Swindle in their early years. It's had a few touch-ups in arrangement and mixing for the 2022 mix, but the boys have worked hard to maintain the rough edges that made the original loved by so many fans.

The B2 is a collaboration with none other than Nightmares on Wax, who delivers a brilliantly creative version of ‘64 Way' feat. Mayer Hawthorne. N.O.W. completely flips the original, opting to use the spoken word intro in a mangled and chopped way on top of a nasty groove and soaring bassline. The main vocal comes in during the second part of the song and adds to the buildup with new Rhodes chords, cowbells, and electronic chops. It's a fitting remix from this legendary UK talent.

The EP closes off with another special track: DJ Bone’s Doc Ciroc remix of ‘The Wrap Around’. DJ Bone has been living in the Netherlands for a long time already and it was only a matter of time before the legendary Detroit producer and DJ would meet Dam Swindle. Bone goes for pacey percussion with a classic Detroit techno feel. His version is minimalistic and raw, chopping up the vocal and using the original Prophet pad as a base layer of warmth. The track gets even beefier when the bassline comes in: A dirty modded 101 lick with so much electronic funk that makes it impossible not to dance.

On ‘Keep on Swindling part 3’, Dam Swindle showcase a more electronic side of their sound and sees them connect with likeminded artists who have delivered amazing interpretations of some of the most loved DS tracks of the past years. With that, we’ve come to a banging conclusion to 10 years of Dam Swindle. Where will they go next?! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Third part of this crucial Dam Swindle retrospective which has boasted plenty of secret bonuses. Aside from three killer originals the DJ Bone and Nightmares On Wax remixes are worth the entrance fee alone. Dam Swindle are proper bastions of modern house music with a flair for dancefloor engineering; demonstrated wonderfully across the EP. TIP!

TRACK LISTING

A1. You
A2. More Love
B1. The Wrap Around (2022 Mix)
B2. 64 Ways Feat. Mayer Hawthorne (Nightmares On Wax Remix)
B3.The Wrap Around (DJ Bone’s Doc Ciroc Remix)

Nightmares On Wax

Shout Out! To Freedom… (Live At Pikes Ibiza)

As Warp’s longest serving signing, Nightmares on Wax has been consistently at the forefront of contemporary music, creating a unique blend of electronica, jazz, hip-hop, dub, funk, soul and techno.

Although 9 albums in, he may have only just truly stepped into his own groove. Lockdown forced a change of pace and offered some time for meaningful reflection and introspection. Evelyn already had the wheels in motion for making a collaborative album with a variety of guests but now he took this personal element and asked them to run with it. As a result, he formed creative bonds with new and upcoming talent that slotted in nicely with both the history and evolution of N.O.W. The likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Haile Supreme, Mara TK, Sabrina Mahfouz. Greentea Peng, OSHUN and Pip Millett all feature.

In as hip and as grandiose a setting as Pikes, Evelyn relaxes into his groove immediately, with "Imagineering" shimmering off a selection of strings, delicate percussion and instantly moving piano licks. "Creator SOS" ups the pace and introduces Haile Supreme's dreamy & soulful vocals. If you've ever been to the Balearic institution you should have an idea by now, two tracks in, of how magical an event this must have been. Thankfully, plenty of that energy transfers onto the wax, so you can relive all the glitz, glamour, poolside cocktails and hedonistic spirit that's makes Pikes a go-to destination for the more tasteful side of the island's clientele. The first Nightmares On Wax live album (I think!) and it's a real beauty to behold. 


TRACK LISTING

A1. Imagineering
A2. Creator SOS
A3. 3D Warrior
A4. Miami 80
B1. Wonder
B2. Own Me
B3. Up To Us

Nightmares On Wax

Shout Out! To Freedom....

"Shout Out! To Freedom" sees the pivotal talent that is George Evelyn venture into new, exciting and dare-I-say-it, sophisticated realms on his new album. Featuring collaborations with Shabaka Hutchings, Greentea Peng, Haile Supreme, Mara TK, Sabrina Mahfouz & Pip Millett, it's perhaps the legendary producer's 'free-est' album to date; the inforced lockdown allowing the 30 years served dance veteran a break from endless touring and a chance to move further away from the dancefloor than previously felt comfortable. It moves through quasi-spiritual jazz, new amalgamations of lover's rock and soundsystem soul before morphing back through blunted beats, hallucinatory downbeat and UK rap. Peppered with pollical leaning vocal snips and a languid sprawl which reflects the laid back nature of the Leeds-bred artists’ permanent residence: Ibiza.

Its reckless abandonment of any stylistic cliches or formula is where its greatness lies. File alongside other uncatagorizable modern epics such as Avalanches' "We Will Always Love You" and Prefab Sprout's "I Trawl The Megahertz", Quiet Village's "Silent Movie" and Dean Blunt's "Black Metal 1 & 2" - impossible to pin-down to genre tags and soundbites, a delight to revel in from beginning to end and a truly transportive listen. It's also deliciously UK-centric, taking influence from everything that makes music one of our island's proudest exports. 


TRACK LISTING

Tracklist CD :

1 Shout Out! (Intro)
2 Imagineering
3 Creator SOS
4 3D Warrior
5 Miami 80
6 GTP Call
7 Wikid Satellites
8 Breathe In
9 To Freedom (Interlude)
10 Wonder
11 Own Me
12 Widyabad
13 Isolated
14 Trillion
15 Up To Us

Tracklist LP’s :

1 Shout Out! (Intro)
2 Imagineering
3 Creator SOS
4 3D Warrior

1 Miami 80
2 GTP Call
3 Wikid Satellites
4 Breathe In

1 To Freedom (Interlude)
2 Wonder
3 Own Me
4 Widyabad

1 Isolated
2 Trillion
3 Up To Us

The iconic compilation series "Back to Mine" returns in 2019, to mark its 20th anniversary, with the indomitable Nightmares on Wax, to share his personal collection of music for after hours grooving. The series was renowned for its eclectic selection and selectors which includes some of the biggest names in electronic and pop music, from the likes of Faithless to Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada to New Order.

The collection includes three exclusive tracks, one new track from Nightmares on Wax, along with a remix from the man himself of seminal band Fat Freddy’s Drop and brand new project Creative Principle. The album is 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. There’s also room for the recent Nightmares on Wax recent single "Look Up". 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.

This first re-installment of "Back to Mine" is a triumphant return for the iconic and music loved series. Nightmares on Wax delivers an incredible selection of tracks that gives the listener a real insight into the artists personal and extensive taste. 'I always hoped that when the time was right I would be asked to do a Back To Mine release and so when the call came there was absolutely no hesitation'. - Nightmares on Wax.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: The iconic album series Back to Mine returns in 2019, to mark it’s 20th anniversary, inviting the indomitable Nightmares on Wax to share his personal collection of music for after hours grooving. Dig in for Piccadilly faves Children Of Zeus and Steve Cobby along many other jamz!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Children Of Zeus - Fear Of A Flat Planet (feat. LayFullStop)
A2. Ladi6 - Ikarus
A3. Creative Principle - Caught In The Middle
A4. Bosq Ft. Induce - Step Into Midnight (Disco Stepper)
B1. Massimo Vanoni - Exciting Groove
B2. Nightmares On Wax - Good Ship (Feat. Steve Spacek)
B3. Dim Zach - Innocence
B4. Ladi6 - Royal Blue (Silent Jay, Sensible J And Leigh Fisher Remix)
C1. Chieftain - Out Of My Life (Instrumental)
C2. Steve Cobby - Lefthanded Books Feat. Danielle Moore
C3. Soulphiction Presents SBM - Gotta Have It
D2. Nightmares On Wax - Look Up (Feat. Andrew Ashong & Sadie Walker)
D3. Fat Freddy’s Drop - Russia (Nightmares On Wax Remix)

Iconic Warp mainstay Nightmares on Wax can now announce his long-anticipated return with new album Shape The Future. The marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that N.O.W. has been mutating and perfecting for years finds perhaps its most fluid form yet on Shape The Future. Energized by globetrotting runs of studio sessions and DJ sets, this latest salvo is a masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending that solidifies Nightmares On Wax’s place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead. This includes the shamanistic vocals of recent single Back To Nature, and in particular the the arresting voices of Mozez alongside Kanye West and Flume collaborator Allan Kingdom, as featured on brand new cut Citizen Kane. Nightmares on Wax is one of the most influential artists of a generation, his music has inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career. As Warp’s longest serving active artist, he has broadened the sound of the label and paved the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie.

TRACK LISTING

01. Back To Nature Feat Kuauhtli Vasquez & Wixarika Tribe
02. Tell My Vision Feat Andrew Ashong
03. Shape The Future
04. On It Maestro
05. Tomorrow Feat LSK
06. Typical Feat Jordan Rakei
07. Tenor Fly
08. Citizen Kane Feat Mozez
09. Deep Shadows Feat Sadie Walker
10. Gotta Smile
11. The Other Ship

Nightmares On Wax

Car Boot Soul

George Evelyn AKA DJ EASE took four years to follow up "Smokers Delight", but it was worth the wait as he came up with another seductive LP full of downbeat delights and dreamy instrumental hip hop gems, which, as the title suggests, is a sample-heavy session for sofa-surfing. Includes the Ibiza sunset classic ‘Les Nuits’.

STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: Possibly the crowning moment of George Evelyn's career, an easy glide through a stoned soul summer and one of the defining records of it's genre. A lot of wax was scratched in the making of this, but the bass, drums, guitar, vocals and keyboards are all live to wrap yourself in. There to turn any frown upside down.

TRACK LISTING

Les Nuits
Morse
Ethnic Majority
Jorgé
Finer
Easejimi
Argha Noah
Fire In The Middle
Survival
Capumcap

Nightmares On Wax

Smokers Delight

    Reissue of the 1995 magnum opus - a defining statement of intent in the development of the Nightmares On Wax sound. Moving away from the bleeps and breaks of their first album, ‘Smokers Delight’ presents a post-club comedown journey which experiments with elements of jazz, dub, soul and hip hop.

    If you don't own a copy of this LP, you should get one right now because it's one of the best LPs of the 90s. Originally out in '95, it's a defining moment of the 'trip hop' genre and ranks alongside LPs by Portishead and Massive Attack from the same era. Pure schmokers downbeat sounds!

    TRACK LISTING

    Nights Introlude
    Dreddoverboard
    Pipes Honour
    Me + You
    Stars
    Wait A Minute
    Praying For A Jeepbeat
    Groove St.
    Time (To Listen)
    (Man) Tha Journey
    Bless My Soul
    Cruise (Don’t Stop)
    Mission Venice
    What I’m Feelin (Good)
    Rise
    Rise (Reprise)
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