The trip-hop performance moniker of Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, Wax Tailor first emerged on the French electronica scene in 2004 (with the EP release Lost the Way), but didn't release his debut album until 2006. That debut, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, was a hit both in France and in the United States, and made quite a dent on the CMJ charts that year. In 2007, Wax Tailor returned to the spotlight with his second full-length, Hope & Sorrow. Featuring vocalist Charlotte Savary and Ursula Rucker, this second album was enough of a success to warrant a number of live shows featuring Wax Tailor and his four-piece band. Two years later, he returned with In the Mood for Life, which once again featured collaborations with Savary, along with appearances by Dionne Charles, Sara Genn, and others. Wax Tailor's fourth album, Dusty Rainbow from the Dark, appeared in 2012 and included the single "Heart Stop," featuring Jennifer Charles. The album debuted at number eight in France and earned a Victoires la Musique nomination for Best Electronic Music Album. In 2016 he returned with By Any Beats Necessary, featuring the single "I Had a Woman." A companion album, By Any Remixes Necessary, followed a year later.
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Chill-out - Released January 8, 2021 | Lab'oratoire
Five years after his road trip into the Great American West on By Any Beats Necessary, we now see the return Wax Tailor, France's richest tailor when it comes to cinematic references. Because as always, this fifth studio album is an audio movie, a "sonic feature film", as the artist puts it. And Jean-Christophe Le Saût remains within his musical spectrum, running from trip hop to abstract hip-hop, with samples from all eras. The cast isn't bad either, with the raucous timbre of the most famous freelance vocalist in America Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Queens of the Stone Age...) on Just a Candle, for a rather folky trip that would sound good in a Nevada desert, or the Californian rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, who makes light work of a very 60s American rhythm. It is clear that Wax Tailor is not done with the United States, as evidenced by the Trumpian dystopia of the music video for the single Misery, with a contribution from Rosemary Standley of French band Moriarty, or this nod to Gil Scott-Heron on the interlude Paint It Black. Also worth noting on this album, which should be played all the way through in a single sitting, the remarkable appearance of the South African rapper Yugen Blakrok, who was previously spotted in 2019 on the soundtrack of Black Panther led by Kendrick Lamar. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz