NME.COM

Nightmares On Wax - 'NOW Is The Time'

Dance veterans collate their highs and lows on 25 year-spanning Best Of

Press
  • Release Date 16 Jun, 2014
  • Record Label Warp
6 / 10
The name was intended to echo the kind of boom-bap hip-hop which now gets called ‘classic’ but was on the chronically bleeding edge in 1989, when Nightmares On Wax began. Yet over 25 years and seven albums, condensed here into a two-CD career overview, the dreamstate commonly evoked has been less a nightmare, more a big, floaty marshmallow pillow. Initially ‘bleep techno’ mainstays alongside fellow Sheffield ravers LFO, NOW's heads quickly turned towards classic soul lushness and stoned, downtempo meandering. The cream of their output is undeniable – the Air-like stringed beauty of ‘Les Nuits’, gut-wobbling soul wailer ‘I Am You’ and early singles ‘Dextrous’ and ‘Aftermath’ – but there’s an awful lot of so-so wallpaper here, especially for a Best Of.

Noel Gardner

Share This

More Reviews

Flowdan - 'Disaster Piece' Review

With Skepta and Stormzy dragging hard lyricism into the mainstream, Flowdan’s blunt rap suddenly feels on trend

Album

JPNSGRLS - 'Divorce' Review

The Canadian band bring little to the table with their second album of meat-and-potatoes tunes

Album

'The BFG' - Film Review

Spielberg’s take on the beloved Roald Dahl novel is restrained, nostalgic and sweetly sentimental

Movie
Tickets
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine