Nu Guinea – The Tony Allen Experiments


LABEL – Comet/Early Sound Recordings
GENRE – Electronic,Tribal,World Music


A1 – Prelude
A2 – Howls
A3 – Open Paths
A4 – NG Theme
A5 – Stasis (Calm Before The Storm)
B1 – Storm
B2 – The Birds Rejoice
B3 – Phunkhysteria
B4 – The Sun Returns

As the matter-or-fact title suggests, The Tony Allen Experiments is based around a simple premise, specifically creating tracks built around sampled drum patterns lifted from Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s numerous recordings for Parisian label Comet Records.


Ironically, what makes The Tony Allen Experiments such a delightful listen is not this aspect, but the distinctive fusion of the drummer’s loose-but-tight rhythms, and the almost sun-bright colours of the duo’s hazy, early morning melodies. This is most apparent on the tumbling Bobby Konders synthesizer settings, stretched-out organ chords and muted P-funk influences of “NG Theme”, the fast-paced drums, druggy arpeggios, intergalactic effects and Sueno Latino style piano riffs of “TA-Storm”, or the head-in-the-clouds, Ambient House-goes-Afrobeat shuffle of standout closer “The Sun Returns”.

These, and the superb “Open Paths”, where classic Italian House elements such as loved-up organ stabs and White Isle-friendly piano motifs are effortlessly blended with a punch Allen routine, perfectly encapsulate Nu Guinea’s distinctive retro-futurist fusion approach. It’s one that, on this fine album at least, guarantees spellbinding results.


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Weight 0,4 kg