Breathtakingly dark and artful
Renowned producer Wax Tailor has released his album The Shadow Of Their Suns on the 8th of January 2021 via Lab'oratoire. With 6 studio albums and more than 800 concerts in 60 countries and numerous awards, Wax Tailor is recognized as one of the main ambassadors of the electro-hip hop international scene. The Shadow Of Their Suns is the producer’s first studio album to be released in 5 years; treating the fans to an array of darkly elegant "sound features' accompanied by a new and prestigious cast.
The album and stunning video have been given so many accolades that we have little to add other than they are a must-see and hear for any serious music aficionado. It ticks our box in the major categories of skill, feel, and message.
On the album, listeners will find a wealth of impressive artists including Mark Lanegan, Del the Funky Homosapien (Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics), D Smoke (Winner Netflix Rhythm + Flow, the new west coast scene sensation), the late Gil Scott Heron, Rosemary Standley (Moriarty), Mr LIF (Thievery Corporation, Def Jux), Yugen Blakrok (noticed alongside Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples on the Black Panther album), Adeline (Brooklyn’s Best Kept secret soul singer), Boog Brown (Detroit femcee).
The album is accompanied by a music video for the newly released single, ‘Just A Candle’ featuring the vocals of Queens Of The Stone Age’s Mark Lanegan and is a spacefaring sci-fiapocalypticodyssey.The video was directed by Berkay Turk, who also stepped forward to create the video for ‘Misery (ft. Rosemary Standley)’, another single taken from the album which drew a dystopian portrait of a society under surveillance. The music clip was awarded Best Music Video at New York International Film Awards, Oniros Film Awards, Independent Shorts Awards of Los Angeles, and Cannes Indie Short Awards so far.
From the opening cinematic arrangement, “Just A Candle” instantly shines with evident craftsmanship. Tailor brings out a brilliant contrast between the skittering percussion, an alluring bassline, and Mark Lanegan’s sonorous vocals. - Under The Radar
The Shadow Of Their Suns and its distinguished musicians invite us to embark on a cinematic journey of social commentary, sampled speeches, and orchestral flourishes and to take a look at the extreme excesses of society, prevalent symbolic violence, and the whirlwinds upon which we base our lives. Considering himself as a “privileged witness”, Wax Tailor implores listeners to take time to think and translate the actions of those around them, with lugubrious tones and driving beats.
With its strutting funk bass and jangling electro-acoustic riffs, this collab from D Smoke (winner of Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow) and French producer Wax Tailor will be stuck in your head for the next week. - NME