Hard to believe that the innovative sophomore release from Nightmares On Wax, Smokers Delight, turns twenty-five. Time has done little to age the album; Warp Records releases a remastered version on April 4th. Visionary George Evelyn has taken great care to remaster this masterpiece, and as a special treat he has expanded it with a number of bonus tracks, “Aquaself” is one of those tracks, and it’s a good one, too. Fitted with a cool organ lick, it blends electronica and a hip-hop beat with a jazz sensibility. In fact, one might even call it lounge music. Yet genre doesn’t matter; what matters is the groove, and the groove is fantastic. Whatever you choose to deem it, Smokers Delight was a masterful release of its day. Thankfully, time has not tarnished its innovative appeal.
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