Anthony Naples provides some tasty goods via The Trilogy Tapes label. The two tracks on Slice Of Life, ‘Lekker’ and ‘Momentos Mágicos’, aren’t in any hurry to get anywhere: they simply settle into some warm grooves and keep on working it. Gorgeous luxury house music, plenty to enjoy here. 12” on The Trilogy Tapes.
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I can see it now - Naples, having really cashed in on last year’s Body Pill, reclines on his newly acquired yacht as it glides serenely past the Canaries. With a martini in one hand, he pumps the air with the other to the beat of a house track being generated behind him by a robot version of himself made by Aphex Twin’s son. BUT WAIT - what’s that groove that it just churned out?? Better add that to the new Trilogy Tapes 12”, oh mama.
Don’t worry Anthony, we know you’re not as lazy as that. It’s just the scene that immediately came to mind after hearing the A side of this, ‘Lekker’. I mean, the record’s called Slice of Life, that’s gotta indicate some sort of balearic dreaming. Slow, warm, and breezy, this tune is Naples in chillout mode, a simple syncopated synth bass chugging along while some almost trancey stabs scatter between the ears. With the slightly more uptempo deep action on Body Pill, it’s fair that you’d make a record like this not far down the line. Not sure I enjoy it quite so much though.
As there are only 2 side-long tracks on this, it’s over to B for the final one. Equally low and slow is ‘Momentos Magicos’ but with a more stomping electro-tinged beat and sizzling bright synth lead lines pumping against the kick. As usual, the quality of all the sounds is excellent and they’re all tightly bound together with a common boldness, an insistence on moving floors despite the lowered tempo. Which this will certainly do, but it does feel a little on the side of good-times-on-the-beach progressive house revival so I’m not sure meself.
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