French producer Wax Tailor releases his long awaited third album ‘In the Mood for Life’ through Wagram.
Wax Tailor’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 ‘Tales of the Forgotten Melodies’ drew comparisons to the likes of RJD2, Portishead and DJ Shadow, while his second ‘Hope & Sorrow’ (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 ‘Paris’ by Cedric Klapisch.

Having an “urban mood” in mind, Wax headed across the Atlantic to produce ‘In the Mood for Life’ in New York as well as Paris.

Wax states “it’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.”

A chance encounter in New York with artist and musician Sara Genn inspired Wax to write her the song ‘Dry Your Eyes’ 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 – 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 – an incongruous
meeting of the Louisiana MC and of one of folk music’s best kept secrets; and consistent muse Charlotte Savary.

Wax Tailor is the working pseudonym of French hip hop producer, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût.

Born in 1975 in Vernon, Eure, Le Saoût has been involved in the French music scene from the early 90s.

“I 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.”

UK tour:
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