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Anthony Naples follows up this year’s debut full-length for Kieran Hebden’s Text label (Body Pill) with a sharp EP of adventurous new tracks, this time back on his own Proibito label. These tracks (especially ‘Bonobo’) spiral down deep, creating a slick hypnotic vortex for the dancefloor to fall into. Smacks is pressed to 12” vinyl.

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Smacks by Anthony Naples
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 December 2015

New EP things from Anthony Naples, following the exceptional Body Pill LP on Text. Four new things means four extensive excursions into that housey housey music, so expect many funky percussions and lush, life-affirming chords. Indeed, melody is thrown to the fore here, with many a bright fizzy synth cascading over the defiant 4x4 rhythmic backbone and some Detroity stabs acting as the bridge between the two.

A1 ‘Smacks’ is Gerd-esque, with some chill chord stabs over the top of a stonking house beat and a single repeated vocal sample, bringing a slight Moodymann vibe. An juicy arp melody joins the party, which gets going but doesn’t go a step further. ‘Zitronen’ is more of a tech-housey churn. Some noisy slime sounds are pumped by a deep, slower kick til some mind-melting synth business erases all previous sounds, fleshing out both some in-the-face stabs and background shimmer. If those stabs and their funky rhythm weren’t there, this would be some nice melodic techno. B1 is a definite 4am monster. The final track begins kinda tepid, with just a kick, sub bass, hats and a single arp, before a mind scanning synth enters and gets gradually more wild til the end.

A very good release, though some of the sounds are more obvious than those on ‘Body Pill’ - I guess that comes with the whole album vs 12” thing. Serious housers will find much luv.


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