Compa hails from Manchester, but his productions and his sound are quite deeply imbedded into London's rich dubstep dynasty. The young bass wizard is back on Mala's Deep Medi Muzik, starting off with the murky stepper riddim called "Truth In Sound", a wreckage of beats and sonics that is dissolved by the mutant waves of "Noctule". "Tibetan Chant" is more of a tribal dance ritual to the Gods, and "Four Four Claps" turns things nastier and away from the deeper waters that we're used to hearing Compa sail on.
Manchester bass-smith Compa takes control once again and launches his very own CPA imprint. Launching with demonstrative low-end clarity, both "No Hype" and "In Check" swagger with his signature trap/grime fusion. The former is a straight knock out thanks to some devil-dealing production and venom bars from General Footsie while the latter is a more brooding, dangerous construction laced with subtle orchestra drama.
There's no question that Plastician's 'Terrorhythm' imprint has become one of the UK's stand out projects in regards to pushing musical boundaries, so when we saw they had teamed up with the likes of Compa we couldn't wait to hear what had been bubbling. The 'Avow' EP shows us a completely different side to the bristol native, showcasing a more colourful, emotive production style, with tracks like 'Never Gonna' and the title track delving deep into the newly formed "Wave" movement. Even with these incredible compositions we still get a slice of classic compa with the droned out weighty arrangements of 'Crystal Gaze' and 'Send Nudes'.
Inna Riddim is a record label and sound system that personally claims it is 'bringing the ruckus from Brighton to Bondi (that's in Sydney, Australia, by the way people) and are trying to push the boundaries of bass music. An ambitious mission statement but all the best to them; they're having a good innings on the Spectrum Yellow EP. Starting out with the deep and dark side roll of Ritual's "Rush2AD", Cykotek pitches "Neofunk" at us and as the name suggests: he certainly does take his cues from Ed Rush & Optical's Virus style of techstep. Compa's contribution is "Them Dogs" which features the most razor sharp bassline we've heard all year hands down while LUPR presents the sinister, Crystal Waters sampling bass house of "Guided".
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