Good house and techno music isn’t so much hard to find as it is hard to keep up with, and I don’t mean BPM-wise. I’m so out of the loop I’m barely a semi-circle.
But I have – slightly – followed Anthony Naples. He’s been on the scene for the last half-decade or so. Remixes. And his own productions. But this is, to date, his masterwork. It’s a 62-minute workout of straight-edged techno that packs a punch (Purple Iris) then folds back into some funkier moments (Unhygenix) before eventually cushioning down into its own chill/post-chill space (I’ll Follow You).
This is dancefloor-ready but it’s one of those ‘dance’ albums you could use as the soundtrack to your gym workout, or to accompany the reading of your next good book. It’s got the nice clean driving lines (A.I.R.) of the early Pacific Heights work I loved so much and the Omni Trio and things like that.
And yet there’s a nice grinding, sinewy groove to it (the title track) which makes it utterly, instantly accessible – yet it never feels like its falling over into cheese or about to be co-opted to sell sneakers or whatever.
Or as Naples himself puts it, “house music transmission…from a station out of place and time” – that’s probably a good enough way to end this review. Or should be. But I want to mention that these seven-minute cuts never outstay their welcome and that all of that time Naples has spent owning each stage of deep house and the ambient ends of progressive techno is clearly on display here. The track Lucy’s, with perfectly weird and wondrous skittery percussion and a deep pocket that is still surface-skimmable, is my current favourite. But this has been one of the go-to records for me across the last 3-4 months. Perfect for any stage of the day and in almost any moment.
Ah, sod it, “house music transmission…from a station out of place and time”.
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