Deeply prolific Bristol-based house connoisseur Andy Compton has released over 20 albums and over 100 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The legendary Rurals/ COMPTON or L.A.M.P) on his essential Peng label and imprints like Ralf GUM’s GOGO Music, Chicago’s LARGE Music, Seasons, Viva and many others.
Output from Peng and The Rurals has been the focus of four South Africa-specific collections on EMI’s House Afrika: 2002’s ‘Sunday Sessions 1’, 2005’s ‘Sunday Sessions 2’, 2010’s 4-CD set ‘House Afrika Grooves’. 2011’s ‘Kholofelo Remixed’, features a lustrous line-up of top-notch remixes of his material, no less than eight of which come from South African producers. And, the “Experience Peng” tripple pack CD is now available on Universal. Watch out for his newest solo album “Ubuntu” which has just hit the streets.
On a previous tour of South Africa (Andy is on his 12th tour now!) at the end of 2010, Compton described the original ‘Kholofelo’ album as having “influences from the African music, added to the deep, soulful house I generally produce,” and said he thought it was only natural to get his favorite SA producers involved: “To give it that South African vibe.” He added that deep African house is his “favourite kind of music at the moment, because it has a raw energy. I personally love the rhythms, the beats.”
Since discovering house music in the early ‘90s Compton has released a dazzling array of music and worked with an army of artists (from Motown legends to budding underground names like Detroit’s Pirahnahead). He’s been featured on the cover of the seminal DJ Magazine and had his music used in TV show Six Feet Under, while tunes like “Sweeter Sounds” have become bona fide anthems at spots like NY’s Shelter. He has worked with top class vocalists Ladybird, Diviniti, Kafele, Rowan, Jaidene Veda, Celestine, Nathaniel Lewis, Sabrina Chyld and many others!
Compton has generally turned heads and twisted bodies worldwide, with his thumping brew of electronic beats swathed in coolly-crafted melodies, with Peng becoming one of the premiere labels on the planet, garnering support from house big-hitters like Louie Vega, Larry Heard, Mark Farina and Osunlade.
All this has solidified Compton’s reputation as one of the most respected house music players on the planet.
New solo album “Ubuntu” is out soon, check the feedback below.
Joe Roberts – DJ Magazine/Time Out “Beautifully produced. Downloading for proper listen.”
Craig Smith – 6th Borough Project/Soul Renegades “Excellent stuff, whole LP’s working for me.”
moodymanc “great vibes as ever from Andy! :)”
dj.nature “nice stuff here guys really nice quality across the board. Well done!”
M A N I K “Nice laid back jams here. Cool body of work!”
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