Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Anthony Naples had a hell of a 2012. He was virtually unknown outside of New York when Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin — of loft-party-series-turned-record-label Mister Saturday Night — put out his Mad Disrespect EP as their inaugural release. The EP contained some of the most vital electronic music of the year and made fans out of tastemakers from Resident Advisor to Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden, who called the ebullient title track “one of the tunes of the year,” and asked Naples to remix his “128 Harps.” Astonishingly, the three tracks on Mad Disrespect were among the first Naples ever produced.
Since then, Naples’ star has been on the rise. He’s already toured the US and Europe. His output has been slow, steady, and remarkably solid — a single here, a remix there. Most notably, Will Bankhead’s label The Trilogy Tapes recently released his fantastic El Portal EP. If Mad Disrespect showed Naples to be a capable and dexterous house producer, the music he’s released since proves that he’s a shape-shifting talent with ample tricks up his sleeve, comfortable making everything from high-BPM techno to minimal organ dirges.
And he’s not stopping there. Naples just started a record label called “Proibito,” with the intent to “promote and document the more experimental side of music coming out of New York City, the US and beyond.” Proibito’s first release, the R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. EP by Royal Crown of Sweden (AKA Huerco S), came out earlier in April.
Catch Anthony as he opens for Four Tet on Tuesday May 14th at Middle East Downstairs. This show will sell out- get a pass to ensure entry.