Review: Andy Compton may well be best known for delivering sumptuous, soul-flecked deep house, but his sizeable discography features numerous forays into other styles (modern soul, disco and boogie included). Here the happy-go-lucky Devonian dusts off his old TB-303 bass synth and lays down a trio of on-point acid house jams. The Bristol-based producer begins with the rock solid drum machine programming, wonky spoken word samples and subtle acid undulations of "That Acid Track", before teaming up with honey-throated soul singer Rogiers on the Fingers Inc. style workout that is "Acid Rain". Closer "Sacred Time", meanwhile, sits somewhere between the other two tracks; while Compton makes great use of some luscious chords, the beats and TB-303 lines are pleasingly tough and forthright
Review: Peng's Andy Compton has only recently started to collaborate with The Sowetan Onesteps, and already has their relationship transformed into a marriage of sorts. The subtle mixture of house together with African nuances is both alluring and refreshing to the ear, particularly because it sounds in no way forced. What we mean is that tunes like "Time", "Pushit", or "Slam" exude an organic sort of vibe, where Compton mild-tempered house beats slide ever so well into the more tribal, more percussion-centric rhythms of The Sowetan Onesteps. It's an understated album that should be heard and respected by anyone into good, solid house music with a twist.
Love Will Save The World (Rurals Guitar Instro) - (7:37) 122 BPM
Review: Bristol's super fine groove making team Andy Compton & Celestine are back with another belter! Deeply prolific Bristol based house/soul connoisseur Andy Compton has released over 30 albums and close to 150 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The Rurals) on his essential Peng label and other fine record labels. The record label PENG began in Feb 99, started by Andy Compton and Tweek, whose aim was to produce their own brand of jazzy, funky deep house through their own label. "I Wanna See You Groove" (Andy Compton's mix) is deep and lo-slung disco just the way we like it: chill and sultry for lovers on the dancefloor. Celestine's vocals are just to die for. There's some additional remixes equally worthy of you attention: "Anders Magic Fingers mix" channels that ol' Naked Music vibe from yesteryear quite wonderfully on this lo-slung groover while "Lesiba Langa remix" goes for a more soulful and evocative vibe with an Afro influence that takes its cues from masters like Ron Trent or Osunlade.
Review: With over 30 albums and about 150 EPs to his name (or as part of The Rurals) Bristol's house/soul connoisseur Andy Compton can easily be considered a master producer. Here he keeps the goods vibes flowing with a new song, "Perception", a seven-minute excursion into warm and deep soulful territory. Soothing pads glide under the silky tones of Tenisha Edwards' delicious vocals. Instrumentals and radio edits are all featured, covering all bases.
Where Do We Go (feat Jaidene Veda) - (5:28) 111 BPM
Tomorrow (feat Diviniti) - (5:41) 117 BPM
Record By Record (feat Jaidene Veda) - (5:07) 88 BPM
To Good To Be True (feat Jaidene Veda) - (5:11) 70 BPM
Oh Love I (feat Jaidene Veda) - (5:14) 110 BPM
7 Days (feat Jaidene Veda) - (5:43) 86 BPM
Soon (feat Jaidene Veda) - (6:13) 110 BPM
No Limits (feat Ladybird) - (5:18) 109 BPM
Review: Andy Compton earned his production stripes as part of Devon-based deep house outfit The Rurals. You can here echoes of his deep house past in this solo album for his own Peng imprint. Musically, Compton's Soul offers a rich diet of loose, soft-focus soul songs - all silky-smooth vocals (Jaidene Veda, Divinti and Kafele share mic duties), lazy Rhodes and delicious synth-funk flourishes. Oh, and the odd sleazy, snaking sax line. It's very smooth and effortlessly horizontal, as if Compton has tired of making comfy dancefloor grooves and adopted a slower pace of life. If you enjoy organic, soul-flecked downtempo grooves, you'll love this.