Monday, May 20, 2013

Mixmag Mix Of The Week: Compa

With dubstep producing truly exciting moments with less frequency these days, Compa is someone you can look to for remarkable flashes of low-end inspiration. The Lancashire DJ/producer has developed a rolling, highly-percussive style that's all his own, with riddims coming wrapped in dusty crackle, shot through with jolts of electricity and underlined by subtle, subby tremors. He strikes the perfect balance between classic, meditative dubstep and the genre's more recent dungeon offshoot, which is eerie and unsettling.

Following 12" cuts via his own WXWL label as well as Boka and Kokeshi, he's been newly signed to Mala's Deep Medi imprint, perhaps the most revered seal of approval in true-skool dubstep circles.

It's testament to Compa's creativity that his Mix Of The Week comes packed with his own productions, many unreleased. There's a real sense of style and purpose as well as the feeling that he's got dubs for days. New tunes like 'Exist' and 'Bullets' slide into collaborations with Widowmaker and Ipman as well as cheeky, dancefloor-ready bootlegs of Faithless and Kanye and remixes of Digital Mystikz and Congo Natty. It says something that when we had to postpone releasing the mix for a week, Compa remade the recording with fresh dubplates he'd just got cut. The 21 year old is definitely on a mission to prove there's still fresh ideas to be mined from dubstep...

Track list:

1. Faithless - Insomnia (Forthcoming WXWL)
2. Compa - Narabeh (Forthcoming Deep Medi)
3. DJ Q - Trust Again (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
4. Compa - Alpha (Forthcoming Deep Medi)
5. Compa - Antact (Kokeshi)
6. Compa - Exist (Unreleased)
7. Compa - Acrid (Unreleased)
8. Compa - Earths Orbit (Unreleased)
9. Digital Mystikz - Ancient Memories (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
10. Coki - Shattered (Tempa)
11. Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
12. Compa - Bullets (Unreleased)
13. Compa - Dem A Talk VIP (WXWL)
14. Compa & Ipman - Let Them (Unreleased)
15. Compa & Widowmaker - Carnage (Unreleased)
16. Nanci & Phoebe Ft. Congo Natty - Notorious (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
17. Reamz - Fear (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
18. Compa - Haziran (Unreleased)
19. Compa - Traffic (Unreleased)
20. Compa - Outer Lines (Forthcoming Tuba)
21. Compa - One Lion (Unreleased)
22. Goth Trad - Cut End VIP (Unreleased)
23. Compa - Tibetan Chant (Unreleased)