Nightmares On Wax

7 February

Nightmares On Wax stormed Manchester last month in their sold out gig at Gorilla, as George Evelyn and his crew rocked the appreciative crowd with delicious blends of genre hopping tunes. Although playing a packed out venue, the vibe on stage was cosy and intimate, with the artists delivering a relaxed set from the comfort of big sofas and armchairs.

The show kicked off with ‘Back To Nature’, an epic yet ambient track from the newly released album, Shape The Future, whose shamanic vocals and fluttering strings filtered through the venue. LSK nailed the vocals on the gospel-tinged ‘Citizen Kane’, courtesy of some heartfelt singing, but it was ‘Tomorrow’ that edged the crown of my favourite song of the night - a soulful reggae number with a light, sing-song flow. Again, LSK was on hand to enhance the track with his vocal delivery. Another highlight was Sadie Walker's cover of ‘Deep Shadows’. Her strong, beautiful and crisp voice went down a treat in this funked up version of the Northern Soul classic.

Amidst the revelry, there was also a more powerful message and the audience’s cheers reached new decibels when halfway through the set Evelyn took centre stage to talk about his charity, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, which works to provide people in developing countries with clean water sources.

Before wrapping up the night with the dancey ‘Gotta Smile’, Evelyn summed up the ethos of the new album: “Take control of your thoughts and create the life you want”. Strong stuff.

Anna Tuck