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Massive Attack's 3D and Nova Twins remix Gang of Four's "Where the Nightingale Sings"

12 February 2021, 11:11 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, aka 3D, has remixed Gang of Four's "Where the Nightingale Sings" with Nova Twins, and it'll feature on the new Gang of Four tribute compilation album, The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four.

3D's remix of "Where the Nightingale Sings" featuring Nova Twins is the second single to be shared from the new Gang of Four tribute compilation, following last month's cover of "Natural’s Not in It" by Serj Tankian and Tom Morello.

Robert Del Naja says of Gang of Four, "I first met Andy in a hotel bar in Glasgow and gushed drunkenly about the importance of the Entertainment! album for an hour. He'd recorded the conversation and played it back through my hotel room door later that night. In fact, the Mezzanine album project was named Damaged Goods until I fell out of the hotel lift and into the minibar. Gang of Four were a foundation stone for us, even though we never successfully sampled or covered a single track of theirs. Years later, when we hosted them at Meltdown I mentioned this fact to Andy after the show and he said "That’s because you're crap"... Provocative but true. So I got the Anthrax beetle tattooed on my back- ‘Love, leisure, work and war'."

Nova Twins add of working on the remix with Andy Gill in 2019, "It was such a pleasure working on this remix with Andy in his studio! He was a larger than life character, forever pushing musical boundaries. We love how he explored lyrical concepts, doing so in the most surprising and beautifully poetic ways! We're grateful to have had the chance to work alongside him and so glad to have been a part of his wonderful, abstract world."

Andy Gill's widow Catherine Mayer says, "He really loved Massive Attack and for at least a year we listened to Blue Lines every single night. He was delighted when Massive Attack curated the Meltdown Festival and invited Gang of Four to play. And he was so happy when Robert del Naja agreed to participate in The Problem of Leisure and chose to cover one of Andy’s favourite tracks from the later Gang of Four canon, "Where the Nightingale Sings". There is a poignancy to hearing this cover now. I first heard it when Andy, lying in his hospital bed, played it for me on his computer, handing me the headphones and telling me I was in for a treat. He wasn’t wrong."

Mayer adds, "What makes this track all the more special is Robert’s collaboration with the Nova Twins. Andy thought they were brilliant and got them in to supply vocals for some Gang of Four tracks. In 2019, he and I were lucky enough to see them live when they played the same festival in Thessaloniki as Gang of Four."

The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four will also include contributions from IDLES, Warpaint, La Roux, Everything Everything, The Dandy Warhols, Flea and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gary Numan and more.

Massive Attack's 3D and Nova Twins' remix Gang of Four's "Where the Nightingale Sings" is out now. The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four is due for release on 14 May, and is available to pre-order now.
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