This week’s FACT mix comes from Compa, a young producer keeping dubstep’s torch alight like few others.
Based in Manchester, Compa has been releasing records for less than two years, but has already built up one hell of a reputation in steppers’ circles: he closed Fabric’s Room 1 last year, and has scene godfathers like Coki and Mala – who recently recruited Compa to his Deep Medi clique – regularly spinning his tracks.
It’s no surprise he’s found favour with the Mystikz, however – despite being in his early 20s, Compa only DJs off vinyl and dubplates. As he explained to FACT last year, “being dedicated to my roots is definitely in me as a person. It’s something i’m proud of – to represent what inspired me originally within dubstep, like cutting dubplates for example.” In an age where diversity and hybridity are constantly emphasised, it’s refreshing for a producer to have Compa’s sense of purity – and yes, an admirably narrow vision – when it comes to their music.
His FACT mix is almost entirely made of his own productions, with exceptions made for Vivek, Digital Mystikz and a handful of others. Recess is over. It’s time for class.
1. Author – Jah Live (Compa Remix) (Unreleased)
2. Compa – Narabeh (Deep Medi)
3. Compa – I Can’t Forgive (Unreleased)
4. Compa & Ipman – Let Them (Forthcoming Boka)
5. Vivek – Rockers (Unreleased)
6. Compa – Tibetan Chant (Unreleased)
7. Compa – Dem A Talk (WX/WL)
8. Digital Mystikz – Misty winter (Soul Jazz)
9. Compa – Alpha (Deep Medi)
10. Artroniks – Extinction (Unreleased Exclusive Dubplate)
11. Compa – Blood Loss (Unreleased)
12. Gantz – Exile (Unreleased)
13. Biome & Fallen 45 – Searching (Unreleased)
14. Compa – Prayer (Unreleased)
15. Compa – Soul (Unreleased)
16. Compa – Signals VIP (Unreleased)
17. Kloudmen – Adrenaline VIP (Unreleased Exclusive Dubplate)
18. Compa – Adélaide (Unreleased)