French producer Wax Tailor releases his long awaited third album â€˜In the Mood for Lifeâ€™ through Wagram.
Wax Tailorâ€™s distinctive style is instantly recognisable but evolved writing and emphasis on string arrangements sees him embrace 60s pop and soundtracks to add to his palette of soul, funk and hip-hop.
His first album â€˜Tales of the Forgotten Melodiesâ€™ drew comparisons to the likes of RJD2, Portishead and DJ Shadow, while his second â€˜Hope & Sorrowâ€™ (80,000 sold worldwide) landed him nominations at the prestigious Victoires de la Musiques and US Indie Awards.
Wax Tailor is coming off a year which saw him tour relentlessly (over 200 concerts) and score the title track for the movie â€˜Parisâ€™ by Cedric Klapisch.
Having an â€œurban moodâ€ in mind, Wax headed across the Atlantic to produce â€˜In the Mood for Lifeâ€™ in New York as well as Paris.
Wax states â€œit’s a long story about New York, just because that’s the basis for a lot of things that have influenced me; about music, about cinema, about a lot of artists.â€
A chance encounter in New York with artist and musician Sara Genn inspired Wax to write her the song â€˜Dry Your Eyesâ€™ with his friend Marina Quaisse, especially to match her voice.
Other guest vocalists include Scandinavian hip-hop kings Speech Defect, Dionne Charles – one of the great voices of UK soul, singer-songwriter Charlie Winston, Mattic â€“ the charismatic MC who has been there since the first album, the European collective ASM – who provided one of the highlights of the last album, Voice & Ali Harter â€“ an incongruous
meeting of the Louisiana MC and of one of folk musicâ€™s best kept secrets; and consistent muse Charlotte Savary.
Wax Tailor is the working pseudonym of French hip hop producer, Jean-Christophe Le SaoÃ»t.
Born in 1975 in Vernon, Eure, Le SaoÃ»t has been involved in the French music scene from the early 90s.
â€œI began to work on this project in 2002, that was the moment when I was quite bored about jazz and hip hop as separate things and wanted to have a blend of all the influences and the things that I really liked.â€
â€˜IN THE MOOD FOR LIFEâ€™
RELEASE DATE: 25TH OCTOBER 2010
2nd Oct: Coalition, Brighton (w/ Alice Russell)
3rd Oct: The Hi Fi Club, Leeds
4th Oct: Stealth, Nottingham
6th Oct: Metropolis, Bristol
7th Oct: 02 Academy, Islington
Photos by Mathieu Zazzo