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Taking a penchant for mid-90's golden era hip-hop production flourishes, a deep love for tipsy Jamaican dub and a working knowledge of leftfield European electro, Nightmares On Wax have added to their already impressive catalog with In A Space Outta Sound. With a stronger dubwise rocksteady vibe than past NOW releases, the new album is still firmly rooted in the dusty funk that has anchored past collaborations and remixes with hip-hop heavy hitters like De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Black Eyed Peas_Efrontman Will.i.Am and RJD2. Warp. 2006.

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"This is downbeat heaven" -- The Face

"Those of you interested in Mo' Wax-meets-Warp sounds will be mighty impressed" -- Grooves

"a cup full of wide-eyed soul" -- XLR8R

"something splendid" -- Resonance

1. Passion
2. The Sweetest
3. Flip Ya Lid
4. Pudpots
5. Damn
6. You Wish
7. Deepdown
8. Chime Out
9. Me!
10. I Am You
11. Soul Purpose
12. African Pirates

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B000E8NPU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spike on March 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's been a long while since i've bought a downtempo/instrumental hip-hop record that i've thoroughly enjoyed all the way through...until i grabbed this album. "In A Space Outta Sound" takes the best elements of classic Studio 1 rocksteady and dub reggae, golden era street-corner hip-hop and flashes of classy, funky electronic dance music and assembles them into a great album (as opposed to just a collection of aimless tracks). "The Sweetest" and "Damn" are top notch vocal tracks packed with soul, while instrumental jammers like "Flip Ya Lid", "Passion" and "African Pirates" blow cats like RJD2 and Blockhead out of the water. Spring and summer are right around the corner and this is going to turn out to be the essential sunshine soundtrack to the barbecues, rooftop parties, house parties and block parties we're all looking forward to.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on April 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
To many musical artists, the idea of "impressive ambience" or "notable chill" is a contradiction in terms. If the music is meant to be little more than the decor for dreams, if it is designed as a batten for the back wall, then what's the point in giving it indelibility? Thankfully, many artists (Kruder and Dorfmeister, Ulrich Schnauss, et. al.) are capable of creating atmospheres that are both evocative and unobtrusive. It's a delicate kind of chemistry, but it can be done.

Nightmares on Wax aims for ambient funk and hits the target, but almost too well. The music on "In A Space Outta Sound" is so laid-back, it limbos right under the rader. It would provide the steady and subliminal pulse for any number of quiet nights or get-togethers, but it's unlikely anyone would take notice and ask the host, "What's this you've got playing?"

Okay, maybe some of their numbers would pique interest. I'm thinking of the quirky conga coolness of "Deepdown," or the ghostly lounge sensibilities of "Passion," or the classic rock shadows interlaced throughout "You Wish." There are, really, no bad songs on this album; they all play soft shoe with equally soft music, and they know the moves by heart. But it's a dance you'll forget as soon as the stereo has been turned off, and it's even likely you'll forget that you forgot.

Ambience is good, and chill is great, but truly relaxing music stays in the air, lingers in the heart, and saturates the soul long after the notes have ceased to sound. Give me barbs, give me hooks, give me risks; the rest may be good, but it's also nothing else at all.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pietro Da Sacco on March 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
VICTORIA MOREHEAD's igloomag.com REVIEW ::

(03.28.06) Nightmares on Wax put out their first album with Warp Records, Dextrous, in the late 80s, a combined effort of George Evelyn and Kevin Harper. Soon after, Harper left to pursue other routes, and Evelyn took a break, coming back with Smoker's Delight in 1995. Since then, Evelyn has continued to mix up and put out a consistent brand of downtempo music, releasing many additional albums including the most recent, In a Space Outta Sound.

In a Space... isn't new territory for Evelyn. It's full of soul, groove, funk, jazz, reggae and sweet vocals. But that could be the issue holding NOW back from ever growing beyond the category of "music that's good to chill to."

Taking the flavors of other music and amalgamating them into a funktronic sound has become de rigueur of downtempo electronic music. It's the background music in trendy clothing stores and the soundtrack in commercials for German cars. Evelyn's talent is obvious, but if he would just break out of that sterile, perfectly synchronized world of downtempo layers, he might surprise himself. Perhaps it's just a matter of keeping it a little rough around the edges. Maybe if Evelyn let in a little more of the blues raunch and the soul of-well, soul-he could take it to the next level.

This is not to say that In a Space... doesn't have it's respected place. It's just a place that seems to be getting overcrowded with other musicians doing exactly the same thing. Why have five albums from the same artist if they all sound exactly alike? We're looking for evolution, experimentation-something surprising. Maybe NOW's next album will let that funk stay funky, rip the edges and keep 'em raw, and show us some soul that's not so shiny and new.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. ELLIS on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Better than "Mind Elevation", but not nearly at the level of "Carboot Soul". Don't get me wrong, it's still an amazing CD and better than just about any other artist in this genre of music, but it's hard to compete with one of the truly great CDs of this whole DJ/Jazz/Downtempo thang ("Carboot Soul").

If you like Nightmares, also check out Bonobo, Skalpel, and Four Tet (slightly more electronic than the rest).

Happy Listening
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By button, new york on March 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
a perfect compliment to NOW's fantastic albums of the past, "smokers delight" and "carboot soul" in particular. not really messing with the formula of previous work, but still sounds fresh, positive and grows with each listen.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By slicks on May 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This latest effort from Nightmares On Wax continues in the spirit of his previous work, smoked out mellow downtempo with elements of funk, soul/r&b, jazz, underground hip-hop and more. Like other reviewers have mentioned In A Space Outta Sound is a little weaker and less inventive than some of the earlier albums, but it is still a decent chill-out disc. It must be said though that the production on some of the tracks is a little sub-par IMO (at least for an established artist like NOW) and some of the sample choices are a bit obvious and overused. However, there are some quality tracks on here and the album as a whole works rather well so if you're just looking for some mellow tunes to chill out to then this cd might just be for you, but if you don't own any of the earlier albums you should probably pick up one of those instead.
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