It’s been nearly three years since Compa‘s debut release on the mighty DEEP MEDi. Looking back at the artist’s discography, while full of sought-after tunes, it’s MEDi075 that stands out as a hallmark of Will’s career to date. So when we heard he was following up with an EP on Mala‘s imprint, we knew Compa would be looking to build on the achievements of both Narabeh and the superb Alpha…
On first listen, MEDi091 seems to have something for everyone.
Opener Truth In Sound answers the call for a UK stepper; paying its respects to both old and new with the spacious arrangements and forward-facing brasswork. Truth In Sound re-emphasises Will’s ability to create simple but effective music – it’s sparse but comes correct with more than enough to keep the faithful moving to its majestic lowend. It’s a tune that epitomises the 2016 Compa take on UK soundsystem music, while still fitting nicely alongside his body of work on J:Kenzo’s Lion Charge that appeared last year.
Noctule takes us back to early Compa material, when the producer so aptly demonstrated his ability to create hauntingly sparse material in the ‘dungeon’ days. Noctule is as old school as any other Compa release, but it’s also one of the most future-facing we’ve heard.
Just feel the edges of the basslines; they crackle, distort and comfort the tastebuds searching for that bassweight. Noctule is reminiscent of the good old Loefah-esque days, with its destructive LFO movements, frantic vocals and oscillating depth. Noctule‘s an accurate blueprint of both what has been and what will come – all in its own time and space.
Tibetan Chant harks back to early Compa material, like his remix of Reamz’s Fear or the aforementioned Alpha. Again highlighting Will’s skill with vocal samples and percussion, MEDi091’s third inclusion teases rather than overwhelms. The flute, chant and delayed atmospherics combine to form something that doesn’t quite take full form; floating around but not lacking the potency we’ve come to expect from the Mancunian.
Compa’s first MEDi EP closes with Four Four Claps. If you want to know which of the four tunes on the EP will always go off in the dance, this one’s for you. With its near-technoid sounds stomping through the tune’s 6:06 duration, Four Four Claps combines Benga-esque synths with a drop that resets and brings in the basslines we’ve come to respect from Compa. The incessant percussive claps drive the emotion and push the production onto a completely different trajectory and rhythm to the rest of the release. But don’t let that fool you, it’s this track that makes the EP. Watch for this in the dance.
Peace, love and respect.