Review: Original house outsider Anthony Naples Recorded his new album Fog FM between his adopted home of Queens, New York and his original hometown of Jacksonville, Florida between late 2018 and early this year. Described as "a house music transmission filtered through fluorescent static, from a station out of place and time' it certainly is not as lo-fi and rough around the edges as the bulk of his previous work, taking in sublime dub techno (Fog FM"/"Lucy's), deep house ("Unhygenix"), ambient reflections ("Channel 2/3",) emotive Motor City vibes ("I'll Follow You") and hypnotic techno ("Purple Iris") - all expressed in fresh and vibrant forms.
Review: Proibito and Incienso label boss Anthony Naples inaugurates (presumably) his new imprint ANS, with yet more typically raw and rusty house jams for the basement. The tough jacking groove of "OTT" is powered away by its reduced rhythmic bounce - cracking spitfire rhythms accompanied by euphoric, hands in the air stabs and emotive chords. Then the old school, UK IDM vibe of "ZTL" offers up something much different than what we're used to from the Florida born producer with this early Aphex Twin sounding epic. Following up a great year in 2017 with releases on Japanese imprints P-Vine and City-2 St. Giga, Naples delivers the goods once again.
Review: RAD-AN1 was initially released as a limited-edition 12" way back in 2013, during Athony Naples rapid rise to prominence. This is the first time it's been made available digitally. The EP remains one of Naples' strongest collections of uncompromising, club-ready cuts. Check, for example, the mutant motifs, restless piano riffs and fuzzy, no-nonsense drums of "Still" and the bumping brilliance of "Faceless", where frenzied, Soundstream style cut-up samples - truncated piano riffs, impassioned vocal snippets and drowsy chords - wrap themselves around the kind of groove that would excite DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter. Arguably best of all, though, is the breezy sunrise deep house of "I Don't See Them", which is as poignant as it is rough-round-the-edges.
Review: Once impressively prolific, Anthony Naples has calmed down a little in recent years. Us Mix is his first missive of 2017, and follows on from a year in which he released just two singles, one of which was a two-track salvo of loved-up rollers on The Trilogy Tapes. There's a similarly dreamy, mood-enhancing feel about much of this EP, particularly hazy opener "Sky Flowers". While it does contain some fizzing electronic motifs, these largely play second fiddle to the kind of colourful riffs that recall the halcyon days of Italian dream house. Elsewhere, "Sahara" is an analogue deep house shuffler with tweaked New Jersey organs, "At Ease" is a tactile Balearic house bubbler, and "Us Mix" is a locked-in, string drenched bumper.
Review: Although Anthony Naples has a long and successful partnership with The Trilogy Tapes, Slice of Life is actually his first outing on the celebrated imprint for two years. Interestingly, it sees him move away from the dusty, off-kilter sound that he's most famous for, towards something altogether cleaner and more melodious. "Lekker" is astonishingly positive, with sparkling electronic lead lines, starry synth solos, and electro polyrhythms all catching the ear. Epic "Momentos Magicos" is almost as unashamedly loved-up. It's a four-to-the-floor roller, propelled forwards by a combination of darting, electrofunk style synth bass, cascading electronics, and cheery melody lines. Like "Lekker, it feels pleasingly timeless.
Review: Anthony Naples follows last year's debut album with a split release on his Proibito label. Delivering the A side is Hank Jackson, who released a full EP on the label back in 2013, and who, like Naples, also debuted on Mr Saturday Night. In any event, Jackson's "Chicken Fried Shrimp" is quite different to Naples' approach. Lo-fi and dense, its fuzzy rhythm contains elements of noise and acid. The label owner's "Pinuelas" is far more reflective. While its mid-tempo rhythm is robust, it's the doleful, looped melody riff played on repeat that will really appeal to fans of the US producer's left field techno.
Review: By his usually prolific standards, 2015 has been a relatively quiet year for Anthony Naples. Smacks marks the Brookyln-based producer's first vinyl outing since the release of the quietly impressive Body Pill full-length in February. Interestingly, it's a more beautiful, melody-driven affair than some of his robust dancefloor workouts. Of course, there's still plenty of club-friendly thrills to enjoy, from the hazy, bleep melodies, ethereal chords and kick-driven grooves of "Dopes To Infinity (4DM)", to the low-slung, shuffling deep house goodness of "Zitronen". Even so, it's the pleasantness and considered nature of most of the compositions that stands out, with the Detroit influenced, broken techno-meets-deep house flex of "Bonobo" proving a clear highlight.
Review: Releases thus far on the Proibito label operated by young Anthony Naples have lived up to the Brooklyn-based producer's intentions to use it as a platform to "promote and document the more experimental side of music coming out of New York City, the US and beyond." Huerco S donned the Royal Crown Of Sweden costume for material slightly more club grubby than his excellent LP whilst an EP from Local Artist highlighted how impressive the Vancouver crew Mood Hut are becoming. Naples himself lines up on the third Proibito release - allegedly named in honour of Naples favourite restaurant in his hometown Florida) and the experimental outlook remains very much in place. The grizzled, lo-fi thrum of Naples is very much evident on both "POT 1" and "POT 2" but as they surge past the ten minute mark the productions end in an entirely different headspace to how they began. The second track ends on a particularly psychedelic note and demonstrates Naples is clearly progressing as a producer.