- Nightmares On Wax: Sara Winton (vocals); Chris Dankins (guitar); Robin Taylor-Firth (keyboards); Hamlet Luton (bass).
- Additional personnel: Pure Strings Orchestra.
- Recorded at Touchwood Audio, Leeds, England.
- Personnel: Sara Winton (vocals); Chris Dawkins (guitar); Robin Taylor-Firth (keyboards).
- Audio Remixer: DJ Paul Nice.
- Recording information: Touchwood Audio, Leeds.
- When Nightmares on Wax's debut SMOKER'S DELIGHT was released on England's Mo' Wax label in 1995, it helped to solidify the label's reputation for innovative electronic dance music. Unlike the deep, uncompromising grooves of fellow Mo' Waxers like DJ Shadow though, NOW's was an unassuming, almost gentle sound. A four-year wait for the follow-up created inflated expectations that are handily met by CARBOOT SOUL.
- NOW's mastermind George Evelyn laces together beats that skip nimbly along with subtle yet incisive elegance. Simple, unobtrusive synth lines provide much of the melodic color, aided by the occasional ethereal vocal. Funky in an engaging, often downright endearing way, CARBOOT SOUL works as both the soundtrack to an evening of relentless rump-shaking and the come-down on the morning after.
Entertainment Weekly (5/7/99, p.64) - "...stacks live instruments onto found sound to produce a rich ambient-funk mix....tranquil grooves that will seep into your bloodstream like a mild narcotic..." - Rating: B+
Magnet (8-9/99, p.83) - "...CARBOOT SOUL is, again, just really good....[It] still has the bongs set on maximum stun....And this is what Nightmares on Wax does very well: making trippy rhythms to wind up an evening..."
Muzik (1/00, p.69) - Ranked #6 in Muzik's "Albums Of The Year '99"
Muzik (5/99, p.79) - 5 Stars (out of 5) - "...This is possibly the most beautiful album you'll hear all year, as welcome as the flowers in May..."
CMJ (4/19/99, p.25) - "...an album that couples classic Quincy Jones inspired R&B vibes with a stony, laid back hip-hop attitude....a smooth luxurious ride through nu-soul territories, layering quiet, near-ambient melodies over sensual bass lines and languid rhythms..."
Melody Maker (4/10/99, p.36) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...CARBOOT SOUL is that rare thing: a record, like the first Stone Roses album, say, that refreshes your soul and leaves you feeling strangely elated..."
NME (Magazine) (5/1/99, p.39) - 7 out of 10 - "...a selection of loosely associated slow-burning jazz-hop artifacts....kinda seeps through and whisks you away to their sunny-side up galaxy of downbeats and afterglows..."