Nightmares on Wax
The Nightmares on Wax story is one that spans decades and genres. The moniker of George Evelyn, he stands as Warp Records' longest serving artist with both celebrating their 25th anniversary in existence this year. To mark this occasion NOW is releasing N.O.W. Is The Time, a 2-disc best of release comprising the greatest hits as well as a special edition box set Deep Down: Remixes & Rarities which also features unreleased material, new and classic remixes, and a book of memorabilia and interviews.
Nightmares on Wax came up in the 80s UK B-Boy and graffiti scene enamored with New York Hip Hop and was an innovator in merging those sounds and feelings with the popular sounds of the UK at that time to pioneer what became dubbed 'trip-hop'. Releasing classic albums such as Smoker's Delight and Carboot Soul and working with the likes of De La Soul and Roots Manuva established NOW as one of the definitive purveyors of hip hop, funk, dub and soul.
25 years on his fanbase is still growing. His recent Boiler Room DJ set has over half a million views and after his successful US tour following the release of his most recent record Feelin' Good, he is about to embark on his largest US tour to date.
"Cross My Heart," the debut track from new ANTI- signing Son Little, is a box of bonbons filled with barbed wire. Over a deceptively slinky groove – shades of 70's Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware – the singer croons, phrases emerging from the swelter, "sex and candy," "gonna get me some:" a lover's plea. But the angular blues guitar lick over the top of the track is clue to a deeper, older invocation, as Son Little's lyrics bear witness to two departed friends, and, inspired by Trayvon Martin, offer a meditation on the ease with which black lives are erased – even now, decades beyond the years when that smoky guitar line was invented. Son Little's voice soars like a young Stevie Wonder's as he testifies to his loss, and the "cross my heart" tag line reveals itself not as a lover's plea, but a defiant prayer to remember the lost.
Since making her club debut at the Buzz event at Nation in 2001, Christine Moritz has been intriguing clubgoers in Washington, D.C. and beyond with her sound, which ranges from haunting, cinematic downtempo to upbeat, funk-influenced tunes.
Her November 2002 warm-up set for Thievery Corporation at the 9:30 Club caught the ear of Thievery's Eric Hilton, leading to a highly coveted residency at Eighteenth Street Lounge. In January 2009 she reprised this role, doing DJ sets before all five of Thievery Corporation's sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club.
In addition to DJing regularly at Eighteenth Street Lounge, Christine DJs frequently at the 9:30 Club, D.C.'s preeminent venue for live bands, where she has played both in the DJ booth and on the stage.
Christine has played with such artists as RJD2, Amon Tobin, Zero 7, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Koop, Little Dragon, Jazzanova, Rainer Trüby, Kraak & Smaak, Daz-I-Kue, Underworld, the Orb, Gotan Project, Groove Armada, Four Tet, Bajofondo (formerly Bajofondo Tango Club), Belleruche, and King Britt. In August 2006, she performed at the UK's highly regarded Big Chill Festival, a three-day outdoor event with 30,000 attendees. In March 2007, she DJ'd in Bristol, England at the invitation of Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja. Christine has also graced the decks in London, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baltimore as well as at numerous D.C.-area venues.
A seasoned radio DJ, Christine is the host of the acclaimed show "Variety Is the Spice of Life." Airing weekly from 1998 to 2006 on the University of Maryland's WMUC (88.1 FM and online), its strong, diverse selection and informed commentary drew a devoted base of listeners and made it the station's most-downloaded program. Starting in January 2006, the show moved to the varietyisthespice.com website and was also mirrored on the noted downtempo site Properly Chilled. From mid-2007 to mid-2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" aired on the UK-based Purple Radio online station. In February 2008, "Variety Is the Spice of Life" returned to WMUC.
Christine has been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, and was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the Electronica DJ category in 2003 and 2005.
Also a talented music journalist, Christine has written for the downtempo magazine RE:UP, the Ubiquity Records website, and the now-defunct D.C.-based dance music magazine Innerloop.