House Africa presents Andy Compton
February 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Andy Compton – Kholofelo Remixed
Deeply prolific Devon-based house connoisseur Andy Compton has released over a dozen albums and close to 100 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The Rurals) on his essential Peng label and many others, and his mass of jazzy, soulful output has also already been the focus of three South Africa-specific collections on the House Afrika label.
Now House Afrika are adding a very special forth item to that list with the release of ‘Kholofelo Remixed’, a companion to Compton’s ‘Kholofelo’ solo album featuring a stack of remixes – and notably no less than eight of them are by South African producers.
On a recent trip to South Africa to promote the album and to soak up the adventurous house spirit that’s innate here, Compton described the original ‘Kholofelo’ album as having “influences from the African music that I love added to the deep, soulful house I produce,” and said he thought it was only natural to get his favorite local producers involved: “To give it that South African vibe.”
To this end he’s enlisted a number of SA producers he hooked up with online to reshape his original, live-sounding separates into distinctly South African shape. The roster of remixers includes Da Capo, Darque, PM Project, DJ Harris, LIPS, Deepxcape, DJ Bullet and Magic Soul, all relatively young and fresh names that perhaps don’t yet have the profile of the likes of Black Coffee and Culoe De Song (producers Compton regularly plays out) but that are part of the new breed of beat merchants snapping at their heels.
And you can be guaranteed that if they’ve got the Compton stamp of approval, they’re set for dancefloor stardom.
On the album these sizzlingly hot South Africans join international cohorts representing the cream of the deep house crop, including The Rurals themselves, Stephen Rigmaiden and DJ Bazil, while there are contributions on the master tapes from multi-instrumentalist Pete Morris, vocalists Diviniti, Oskar Castro, Pirahnahead and others, and saxophonist Charlie Hearnshaw.
Unlike the Compton showcases that preceded it – 2002’s ‘Sunday Sessions 1’, 2005’s ‘Sunday Sessions 2’ and last year’s ‘House Afrika Grooves’, which featured 4 CDs of Peng material mixed by Deep Xpressions, Tim White, DJ Strat3gy and DJ Pierre – ‘Kholofelo Remixed’ arrives unmixed, a lustrous line-up of the full, DJ-friendly 12”s and a suitably sophisticated approach for a meticulously thought-out compilation.
And it’s a collection that both represents and defines the contemporary edge of deep Afro-house, which Compton says is his “favourite kind of music at the moment because there’s a raw energy involved in it. It’s mostly done by the younger generation, who are giving house music a new injection of life. I personally love the rhythms, the beats…”
On the strength of this rhythmically-competent statement, there are bound to be many more converts in his wake.
Checkout a recent interview with Andy: