REVIEW: Nightmares On Wax @ Concorde 2, 01/02/2018

The Verse’s Gemma Turner tells us what she thought of Nightmares On Wax at Concorde 2 on 1st February 2017. 

The anticipated album, Shape The Future, from Nightmares On Wax was released a few weeks ago, and a tour almost imminently followed.

For 25 years, Leeds-born George Evelyn, the master-mind behind Nightmares on Wax (N.O.W), has been churning out progressive albums. N.O.W are said to be the inspiration for bands such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie. What once was the electronic sounds from the studio-based album A Word of Science: the 1st & Final Chapter has now progressed into a live sounding, multiple instrument affair that nurtures every style form dub and hip-hop to funk, soul and R&B; the blend of both love and talent sets the genius signature of N.O.W. On the latest album, he features an impressive collection of talent including Jordan Rakei, Mozes and LSK, and feature artist of the evening, Sadie Walker.

First date of the tour opened at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on 1st February 2018. Accompanied by a string of musicians and vocalist Sadie Walker, N.O.W opened with Back to Nature, which carries a powerful message about unity consciousness.

The classic Les Nuits captured the harmony in the room, and Shape the Future was pretty splendid in terms of crowd pleasing and Law of Attraction messages. Sadie Walker sang Deep Shadow, every member of the crowd mesmerised by her talent. The synergy was noticeable both on stage and within the audience.

George took to the stage to thank the sold-out room for their support and to let us know what N.O.W had been doing whilst away. He explained:

“We’ve been working with ‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life’ Foundation, and managed to fund enough money to build three wells in India. This means three villages have access to clean water”

He then went on to urge everyone to donate to the charity.

He continued to keep the level of intimacy with his adoring fans by explaining his motives for the new album:

“I believe there has never been a better opportunity to be in tune with what you are thinking. It’s about attention to thought; you own your imagination, it’s yours… and news / media flood us with negative energy. Focus on yourself, on family and the community… If we love ourselves, then we can love everybody else, truly”

Gotta Smile brought the gig to a close with Calypso rhythms, causing the whole room to dance, complemented by Sadie Walkers vocals. This was truly a special gig that will leave a lasting effect on all that attended.

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The Verse Staff

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