Spotlight on: Wax Tailor

Wax Tailor

 Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra

This week’s spotlight album is Wax Tailor’s live recording compilation, Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra, which sits at number two on our chart. Wax Tailor, born Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, is a French trip hop/hip hop producer. In the early 90s, he was the host of a radio show in a suburb of Paris called “Droit de Cite”. His guests, such as The Roots and Cypress Hill, inspired him to start his own band, La Formule. He served as the producer, MC, booking agent, and manager.

Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra is his fifth album. In 2004, he released his first two EPs: Lost the Way and Que Sera / Where My Heart's At. In 2005, he released his first full length album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, in which he mixes hip hop, downtempo, and trip hop with samples taken from movies. His other four albums include Hope and Sorrow (2007), In the Mood For Life (2009), Dusty Rainbow From the Dark (2012), and Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra. Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra is compilation of live recordings Wax Tailor has performed this year with a symphonic orchestra. Sometimes is an example of the mix of classical instrumentation, electronic beats, and samples typical of the album.