Release Date: Feb 17, 2015
Record label: TEXT
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Club/Dance, Left-Field House
Anthony Naples crash-landed in dance music pretty much out of nowhere, creating a hubbub with the first song he ever wrote. Since then we've watched him grow, moving through a number of different dance styles. Perhaps the most compelling bit has been his artsy phase, partly represented by two EPs on The Trilogy Tapes. He continues that streak with his debut album, Body Pill.
To call Body Pill Anthony Naples' debut album should probably come with a big fat caveat: its eight tracks only amount to 29 minutes' total running time, and two of its cuts are just a sketch-like two minutes long. But who cares when the record holds together this well? It feels like an album, which, in the post-format day and age, is the only guideline that matters. And it certainly doesn't feel like a debut—at least, not in the sense of baby steps or half-measures.
If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year’s quality dance albums are going to make 2014’s seem like a hazy, “lost” weekend. A handful of shorter-form heavyweights and rising stars have already unveiled proper debut albums that meet and even exceed expectations. And ….