DBA Recommends: Anthony Naples

DBA Recommends: Anthony Naples

For this special, seasonal edition of DBA Recommends, it feels timely to explain something about how we decide what to cover under this heading. There are a few people who contribute ideas for which releases to write about but one rule applies across the board: we only recommend releases which one of the DBA team has spent their own hard cash on, be it digitally or physically. As a record label we don’t have a critical role in the underground music food chain, so this section of our site is something akin to a ‘buyer’s guide’. Crudely put, it’s an endorsement, or an elaborate retweet, if you will.

Fog FM, the album which appeared on the ANS 3000 label, will be the release most Naples devotees cite as 2019’s defining moment. As it turns out he had even more to say. Announced back in October, but subject to the pressing plant delays that vinyl buyers have become accustomed to, Anthony Naples’ remix of Working Men’s Club may almost have been lost in a slew of EOY lists and the rancorous bile of the UK general election. For those of us who heard the remix back in October though it was an inescapable earworm.

To find out anything about Working Men’s Club, the band responsible for the original version of ‘Teeth’, means a visit to the NME website, replete with the odorous stench of second hand Fred Perry coats which sweats off its homepage. I learn that WMC are from Yorkshire, they describe themselves as misunderstood, and despite a few overeager nods to New Order and the like they seem to be going places. Naples has elevated their track to another level. Running a fine comb through WMC’s original, he strips out some of the angst and brings the decent drum programming and guitar work to the fore. It’s a move in keeping with his growing confidence as a producer. Under his hand the vocals are transformed from abrupt and raw to tongue-in-cheek and dubbed out.

All told, the result is a timeless, Balearic rework which has the potential to become one of the standout club tracks of 2020. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we see from Heavenly and Anthony Naples together, the pairing feels as apt as it is unlikely. Buy here.