Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella - People Need PeopleSchema Records
Italian DJ/Producer Nicola Conte's latest release "People Need People" finds him returning to form of showcasing Italian Club Culture. Conte is more than just a DJ these days. He's become a solid guitarist and he's surrounded himself with an esteemed group of musicians. Accompanied by Trombonist Gianluca Petrella, the duo collaborated on a couple of EPs and this superb release is the manifestation of those efforts. There's much to savor here starting with the opening track. "Hold On To Your Dreams" opens with Magnus Lindgren's meditative flute which sets the mood for Debo Ray's enchanting vocals. "The Higher Love", a sublime tune that offers a message of hope and change. Vocalist/pianist Carolina Bubbico's evocative vocals combined by with the raw poetic skills of rapper Rashan Ahmad make this tune an instant favorite. Another keeper is the title track. A rumbling tune with heart pounding percussion and vibes courtesy of Pasquale Mirra. Bubbico provides backing vocals for Davide Shorty as he sings about the need for us to step away from our devices and become social again. Conte and Petrella have created a brillant record filled with global rhythms. Their mission is heal wounded souls through these beautiful recordings. Without a doubt one of the best releases this year.
Reg Dancy, 04/21