The first full length album from NYC’s darling of the latest scene Anthony Naples and it’s a cracker. Body Pill is released on Four Tet’s Text Records. Laid back deconstructed melodies with elegant strings and a damn catchy beat - touches of Todd Terje’s love of synthetic sounds that add a certain frisson to the tracks. Vinyl.
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Up and coming NYC house dude and official name to drop Anthony Naples has been threatening to blow us away for quite some time and this debut album on Text could possibly be the artefact to do it. From the get go it’s an eclectic mix of sounds which cherry pick from the great and good of electronic music history yet emerges blinking into the sunlight with something new and box fresh.
Opener ‘Riz’ opens with a slab of textural noise before a lovely downbeat electronic tune emerges from the murk. It’s all warm and fuzzy - like finding yourself ensconced in Kraftwerk’s duvet. Shriller and sharper is ‘Abrazo’ with a thumping four four beat underpinning some distorted synths and a bouncing lead which increases in intensity before falling away to allow the track to mutate. Naples here proves himself to have an expert ear, sounds appear and disappear from the mix at just the right time and he never loses site of its evocative atmosphere. I’m liking the juxtaposition of farting funk based synths and haunting backdrops, if you flip overleaf to ‘Used To Be’ and the jittery 80’s drum machine and steamboat synths initially sound clunky but through repetition soon become intoxicating.
One of the best tracks is saved 'til last, ‘Miles‘ uses Liquid Liquid style drum patterns underneath warm housey synths which glide over the framework, the track changing tack entirely half way through to become an other worldly synth-scape with chirping call and response keys. An interesting debut which is hard to fit into a category other than the one marked ‘good’.
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