Almost 2 years after the success of the album THE TONY ALLEN EXPERIMENTS and a few months after the release of the 7inch AMORE, Nu Guinea return to the scene with a new LP published by their newborn label NG RECORDS.
After touring the world looking for sounds suitable for their vibrations, NU GUINEA decided to go back to square one, Napoli, where Massimo Di Lena and Lucio Aquilina were born and raised. They watched their city from a distance reconstructing its energy from their studio in Berlin, calibrating the synths on the meridian of Vesuvius, the volcano that has always protected and threatened Napoli.
NUOVA NAPOLI is the result of a long musical research that has become a historical investigation on the sound that shaped Napoli during the ‘70s and ‘80s, starting from the contamination of genres (disco, jazz-funk, African rhythms) which ended up in Nu Guinea’s DNA.
In this album the synthesizers fill the spaces between the past and the future, tightening in a single body acoustic instruments, electronics and voices in Neapolitan dialect. It is the first time that the duo has worked with such a large group of musicians, some of whom are exponents of the contemporary Neapolitan scene.
WARNING: We recommend listening to Nuova Napoli while walking in the alleys of Napoli’s historic center, around wet clothes hanging and street vendors on tiny three-wheelers.
released April 16, 2018
Written*, arranged and produced by Nu Guinea (Lucio Aquilina - Massimo Di Lena)
Massimo Di Lena - Drum Programming
Lucio Aquilina - Keyboards - Piano
Andrea De Fazio - Drums
Adam Pawel - Percussion
Roberto Badoglio - Electric Bass (A1, B1, B2, B3)
Fabiana Martone - Lead Vocals (A2, A3, B3, B4)
Pietro Santangelo - Sax (A1, A3, B2, B3)
Marcello Giannini - Electric Guitar (A3, B1, B4)
Artwork: Guglielmo Corduas
Electronic Instruments used:
Linn 9000 drum machine
Kawai Ep 308 electroacoustic piano Fender Rhodes Mk I
Roland Jupiter 6
* Lyrics of “Je Vulesse” extract of the poem “Je vulesse truvà pace” from the poet Eduardo De Filippo
* Parev’ Ajere is a cover of the track “Mr.Business” from the french band “Edition Speciale”
Recorded and conceived at the NG TOWER STUDIOS in Berlin
I might love this even more than Black Focus. Why? There is more of a focus on that Wu Funk sound, more melodies by the rhythm master, more hip-hop flavor, a chance for Kamaal to really shine. A perfect balance between hard hitting sounds with more melodic and meditative ones. One of the few albums I wish was 24-bit quality, that is how great this is. At the top of all the 2018 "best of" lists for a reason. Much respect HW. Edward