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 returned to the scene with a new (now classic) 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.
Info for the trainspotters:
The performers credits were updated on the back sleeve of the Third press onward.
First Pressed 1000 Copies released in April 2018.
First Repress 500 Copies released in May 2018. There are no differences compared to the first print.
Second Repress 1000 Copies release in May 2018. There are no differences compared to the first print and first repress.
Third Press 1000 Copies release in June 2018. The credits are different.
Fourth Repress release in September 2018. There are no differences compared to the third repress.
Fifth Repress release in July 2019. There are no differences compared to the third repress.
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