If the word underground still really makes sense (but does it?) in an era of global smoothing and all-round forgiving vacuity, Italian producer Marcello Napoletano sure would be one of its finest incarnations out the ever Janus-faced contemporary house and techno continuum. Having released on a flurry of high-rated labels – including Mathematics, Berceuse Heroique, Quintessentials and Neroli – and further off-the-radar outlets, Napoletano returns with a new project of his, Anthony Parasaula, which makes for a funny nod at the near homonym Brooklyn-based producer.
Due out via Florence-based imprint Roots Underground Records next week, ‘Crumarjay EP‘ finds Napoletano dishing out one of his signature blender of styles, melding the hazy appeal of dusty Detroit house groove mechanisms and bop-indebted tropes with some extra fine tribal boogie. Streaming in full over our channels today is the title-track ‘Crumarjay‘ – a tasty compound of left-of-centre 4/4 rhythms, rough-patched jazz spasms and disruptive Rhodes stabs going against the (bumpy) current of this perc-driven heater. Start the week off on the right foot!
Crumarjay EP is released via Roots Underground Records on 26th March, pre-order a copy from Juno.
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