Andy Compton - Compton's SoulPeng
Andy Compton of The Rurals has been blessing us with quality house music for many years but on “Compton’s Soul” he has flipped the script and delivers a collection of warm and sublime soul music in the vein of vintage Roy Ayers and early EWF. Andy features an array of talented vocalists who fill his compositions with lovely harmonies layered over soulful grooves. Compton sets the mood right from the start with the laidback “And it Rains”. With vocals courtesy of Divinti, this track captures the spirit of the entire disc with melodic rhythm guitar licks. Vocalist Jaidene Veda collaborates on the majority of tunes here and her sultry voice sparkles on the mellow funk number “Record By Record” as well as the smoky jazz infused “Too Good to Be True”. This is a very strong record by Andy Compton and company that provides definite satisfaction. When you need an escape from hours of electronic music this will be the perfect antidote.
Reg Dancy, 02/12