Anthony Naples emerged late last year with the Mad Disrespect EP, inaugurating the label arm of much-feted NYC party Mr. Saturday Night. The bustling grids of hihats, lilting samples and playful swing of the title track, in particular, seemed to reference New York’s dance music heritage whilst sounding utterly contemporary. Rough-edged house is undeniably in vogue right now, but with that 12” Naples was shown to have a particularly deft touch.
The producer has launched into 2013 with a salvo of similarly high-quality releases, and a hook up with Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes label seemed inevitable, given that both parties are fast gaining renown for their idiosyncratic takes on house, techno and beyond. The El Portal EP, though, almost goes so far as to exceed expectations, showing Naples on his finest form yet. The galloping, sun-kissed deep house of the title track and ‘Busy Signal’ are extensions of his past work; as always, there’s an appealingly raw quality to them, with samples occasionally dipping in and out of focus or sputtering to a halt. ‘Pueblo’ and ‘La Cuarta’, though, represent something of a departure for the producer, the former an ungainly dub-disco number cloaked in tape hiss, the latter a glistening synth etude.
The El Portal EP is due out on Trilogy Tapes next month.