Night­mares on Wax

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Shape the Fu­ture

When think­ing of veteran artists on Warp Records, you prob­a­bly re­call IDM leg­ends like Autechre, Plaid or Aphex Twin, but the smoked-out beats of Night­mares on Wax have been there since 1989. Back then, it was all sam­ple­heavy stoner jams, while now — well, you’re still reach­ing for the bong, but the whole af­fair sounds a lot more like a full band than a man and his MPC. This isn’t much of a sur­prise, though, as NoW have been pro­gres­sively sound­ing more live and pol­ished for a few years now. Feelin’ Good, in 2013, saw a move to­ward more col­lab­o­ra­tions, both vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal, a tac­tic that’s even fur­ther em­braced on Shape the Fu­ture. The al­bum opens with some sooth­ing mus­ings on to­geth­er­ness and the in­ter­con­nec­tion of all things from Kuauhtli Vasquez, Spir­i­tual Chief of the Teokalli Quet­zal­coatl Na­tive Amer­i­can Church. It’s a pos­i­tive start to an un­de­ni­ably pos­i­tive al­bum. Later on, NoW em­ploys a sub­tle jazzy back­drop and the soul­ful vo­cals of Jor­dan Rakei to keep the good vibes rolling. Even as the al­bum tum­bles

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