martes, 17 de febrero de 2015

Anthony Naples

"This EP contains what's best about Chicago house, New York electro, Detroit funk and German techno while maintaining a 'dirty' sound with immaculate production. Really unique stuff." This Discogs user was reviewing last year's Zipacon 12-inch for Trilogy Tapes, but he could have been talking about most things in Anthony Naples' catalogue. Since he got his break in 2012, the New York artist has become adept at taking a little something from several places and making it all his own. His rise has dovetailed the wave of noisy, leftfield club music that's been coming out of New York in recent years, but in a crowded scene Naples has always stood out. His best tracks—"Perro," "P O T," "Moscato" etc—are slathered in lo-fi sonics but they still kick hard in the club; he also has a way with melodies and rhythms that makes his music memorable. "Mad Disrespect," his breakout track, is another great example of this. Tough, crunchy drums are at its core, but smart vocal samples and warm melodies draw you in and keep you hooked.

Around the time of Mad Disrespect's release, Naples cemented a couple of key relationships. The EP was the first release on Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin's Mister Saturday Night, the label offshoot of the popular New York party, and Naples became a key member of the group, later returning to the label for another 12-inch. Mad Disrespect also caught the ear of Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet, who asked Naples to remix his track "128 Harps." The collaboration eventually paved the way for Body Pill, Naples' debut album, which was released today through Hebden's Text Records. The album is a compact extension of the ground Naples has covered until now, with an exploration of styles and tempos that brings to mind the best work of Actress. 

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