Shape The Future

Nightmares On Wax - Shape The Future
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #643 / 746
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
January 26, 2018 / Release Date
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Warp / Label
Trip Hop / Genres
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The Skinny
Give George Evelyn (aka DJ E.A.S.E.) just one hour, and he’ll disable that chilly scepticism and replace it with a blissed-out warmth.

If anything Shape The Future is one of George Evelyn’s finest achievments, and is all the more affecting for its refusal to be dimmed, keeping a zen-like stance in the face of adversity.

What was once something to blast on your bedroom speakers is now crying out for a live performance with a nine-piece band, which, if nothing else, shows a maturity in sound.

Shape the Future is easily N.O.W's strongest and most cohesive album since the imperious In a Space Outta Sound. However, it's entirely its own thing and perfects the blend between digital and the organic sounds superbly.


Daydreams on Wax has seemed like a more suitable name for George Evelyn's primary outlet for the majority of its existence. It's more apt than ever for Shape the Future, an album typified by serene, earth-loving optimism, even when romantic heartache is in play.

The Line of Best Fit
Overall, this is an impressively diverse set of tracks, Evelyn has demonstrated his capability of working in a myriad of genres with a number of collaborators, yet in its entirety, the record feels slightly lost.
Resident Advisor
There are few surprises here, but much of it is enjoyable.
A.V. Club
With so much New Age nattering, here more than ever your enjoyment will depend on your own zeal for enlightenment and/or bong rips.
Although George Evelyn has missed the chance to shape the future, his recognizable downtempo remains loyal to the balearic spirit, to which we were introduced, some thirty years ago.
Shape The Future is a record of well produced and instrumentally diverse tracks, which are finely crafted for the repetitive and structurally unadventurous pieces they are.

There aren't any real highs in this record and a strong repetitiveness within each track makes them tiresome.

And almost all the tracks with lyrics make me feel like I'm being fucking lectured.
back to nature - tomorrow (top)
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Track List

  1. Back To Nature (feat. Kuauhtli Vasquez & Wixarika Tribe)
  2. Tell My Vision (feat. Andrew Ashong)
  3. Shape the Future
  4. On It Maestro
  5. Tomorrow (feat. Lsk)
  6. Typical (feat. Jordan Rakei)
  7. Tenor Fly
  8. Citizen Kane (feat. Mozez)
  9. Deep Shadows (feat. Sadie Walker)
  10. Gotta Smile
  11. The Othership
  12. Citizen Kane (Rap Version) [feat. Mozez & Allan Kingdom]
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Added on: November 29, 2017