Artist/Producer: Andy Compton
Record Label: Peng Records
Release Date: 2nd December 2011
Versatile, consistent and prolific Andy Compton of ‘The Rurals’ (Peng Records) once again drops another seductive Soul/Funk/Jazz offering for 2012 ably titled ‘Compton Soul’. The album is trickled (as one would naturally expect) with an equal measure of Andy’s style, soul and passion.
It drips tastily with sexy melodies, spoken word and vocal renditions from an amazing ensemble of soul artists; each of whom reached from within and reveals the other sides of their artistic qualities.
The album, in its entirety revolves around a theme of soul music widely opening its arms to embrace the enduringly sweet soulful grooves ( Andy’s musical influences) of the Crusaders, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye and James Brown just to name a few.
I’m particularly impressed by ‘Somebody Elses Dream’; a jazzy, torch of a song. It filters through the air toys with your emotions while pulling gently at your heartstrings. The discerningly luscious vocals complete a melodic mastery of the instrumentation into an elegant affair indeed.
‘Oh Love I’ and ‘7 days’ ride along not far behind and are lent plenty of movement by a fantastic percussion and Fender Rhodes’ delivery.
I’d say this collection sets a new benchmark in the post modern interpretation of Soul music. It’s also not packaged in a usual compilation snapshot style, but rather as a superb ‘surround sound’ epic film. And if the word on the street has led to discover Andy Compton and his work; I really hope you savour this experience the same way I did.
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