Music producer and DJ Andy Compton shares his ultimate playlists.

Through this summer, Vanichi is asking our favorite DJ’s and music producers what they’re listening to as we gear up for Ibiza, Capri, Goa and other summer destinations. First up is deeply prolific Bristol-based house connoisseur Andy Compton. Andy has over 30 albums and 135 EPs on his Peng label and imprints like Ralf GUM’s GOGO Music, Chicago’s LARGE Music, Seasons, Viva, Hed Kandi and many others. Deep House heads know his legendary group The Rurals as well as his work under COMPTON and L.A.M.P. Since discovering house music in the early ‘90s, Compton has released a dazzling array of music and worked with an army of artists (from Motown legends to budding underground names like Detroit’s Pirahnahead). He’s been featured on the cover of the seminal DJ Magazine and has had his music used in HBO‘s ‘Six Feet Under’.

Output from Peng and The Rurals has been the focus of four South Africa-specific collections on Sony’s House Afrika: 2002’s ‘Sunday Sessions 1’, 2005’s ‘Sunday Sessions 2’, 2010’s 4-CD set ‘House Afrika Grooves’. 2011’s ‘Kholofelo Remixed’, features a lustrous line-up of top-notch remixes of his material, no less than eight of which come from South African producers. The “Experience Peng” triple pack CD is now available on Universal and his newest solo album “Ubuntu” is out now.

Andy Compton shares his ultimate playlists

South Africa has embraced Andy’s deep house sounds. Due to his popularity there as well as his albums released via EMI, SONY, WEA, and now Universal, he has completed 17 South African tours in the past 4 years.

Compton’s DJ skills have turned heads and twisted bodies worldwide, with his thumping brew of electronic beats swathed in coolly-crafted melodies, with Peng becoming one of the premiere labels on the planet, garnering support from house big-hitters like Louie Vega, Larry Heard, Mark Farina and Osunlade amongst others. All this has solidified Compton’s reputation as one of the most respected house music players on the planet. Read below as Andy Compton shares his ultimate playlists.

+ for ultimate party 
The Rurals Corker (Knee Deep Break A Lot mix)
Andy says: This song works every time to get the party bumping!

+ for winding down

Kool And The Gang ’Summer Madness’
Andy says: One of the most mellow songs ever written! and the live version brings a tear to the eye.

+ for getting sexy

Marvin Gaye ‘Distant Lover’
Andy says: One of the sexiest ever songs from one of the sexiest ever albums!

+ for getting creative

The Greg Foat Group  ’The Eye Of Horus’
Andy says: Great inspiring jazz music from a Brit now living in Miami.”
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+ when you’re feeling emotional

Andy Compton’s Sowetan Onesteps ‘Revolutions Child’

Andy says: Huge chunk of Afro Soul from my newest album, Created with my band in Soweto, SA

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