Andy Compton – Bristol Boogie

November 1, 2015 in Albums

Andy Compton Bristol Boogie Peng RecordsIn which Andy Compton of Rurals/Peng fame takes time out from the Afro-house and straight-up soul he’s been pursuing of late, and delivers a full-length tribute to 80s boogie.

And it works… and it doesn’t. Musically Andy’s nailed the sound, all right: squelchy analogue synths and syndrums abound! And there are tracks that bring those early 80s memories flooding back – the Katie Leone-vocalled Soldier, for instance. Shut your eyes and it’s only too easy to imagine her singing this on a 1982 TOTP, dressed no doubt in a pink nylon twinset and matching feather fascinator! The electro tinges to I Wanna Be Free, similarly, will bring a smile to the faces of those in whose misspent youths Kangol hats and Adidas tracksuits featured heavily.

Elsewhere, though, old habits die hard, and we’re more in that territory where neo-soul and soulful house collide – you could have told me the Ladybird-vocalled Give A Little, for instance, was a mid-00s Om release and I’d have believed you. And Brokeback Soul, while undoubtedly one of the album’s highlights, is surely better classified as jazz-funk/fusion than boogie, albeit if Andy wants to hit me around the head shouting “you hair-splitting, nit-picking git!” for saying that next time I see him, he’ll be quite within his rights.

If it’s out-and-out retro boogie thrills AND NOTHING ELSE you’re after, then, you may not find this quite as satisfying as you hoped. But if you’re happy just with an hour of quality soul-infused non-house bizniss, step right this way.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Andy’s own Peng Records, who you can find here, here and here.