The Rurals - Andy Compton - Devon, England
The music of Deep House was created within the country that is the USA. In fact the city of Chicago, USA to be precise.
Since the creation of the music from the city of Chicago - the music's appeal has spread over to other areas of the Usa - such as New York, Detriot, New Jersey, and San Franciso - and then has since taken hold within the Uk, Europe, Russia and South Africa (especially South Africa).
However, if there was ever one group that I could put forward from the Uk, to join the rank and file of other artists from all over the world to compete and put down crediable music for this particular music. It would be - The Rurals.
The Rurals are a group from the Uk which should have by now achieved International media acclaim by now.
But for some reasons or another things have't worked out that way.
Andy Compton and Marie Tweak were one of the original members of the group that is known as The Rurals which is still operational today.
I remember listening to the group for the very first time during the year of 2000. The single in question was called "Lush". A Beautiful slice of Deep House music, layed together with some equally beautiful vocals that was/is from the groups vocalist at the time that was Marie Tweak.
The Rurals - "Lush"- 2000
It was from listening to that single alone above. That it made it my personally quest to search and continue to follow this group
musicially over the follow years. Here is another...
The Rurals - Rebel - 2007
The Rurals are originally from an area within the Uk called Devon - however they are based in the city of BRISTOL, UK.
However it was when Andy Compton who was in a funk/rock group at the time; and then decided to move to Nottingham,
here in England. That his musical tastes changed. Nottingham was an area in the Uk that really took to the music of
Deep House music. Impressed by the area's love of the music. He decided to experiment and try produce their own versions of Deep House.
It seems that Andy met Marie Tweak (the group main vocalist at the time) through a friend called Jan, who owned a
record shop at the time called "Reform" - which was based in the town of Exeter, here in Uk.
It was to be a master stroke for the group as Marie went onto join the group. And from then on now had a brilliant vocalist in the form of
Marie Tweak sing over the music that the group that was The Rurals had made. She also wrote the lyrics to most of the tracks that she was to sing over.
Andy has confessed that there is no magical formular when it comes to creating the music that they go about making
the music that they have become famous for.
It is a simple case of jamming together as a group within their own studio, or various other studios; And by doing this they would come up with a groove or the music beat in general.
Once that has been achieved then they go about putting together lyrics to the music that they have in general.
The group have become known for making:
1.Deep House music
2.Future Soul music
3.Soulful House music
4.Acid Jazz music
This combination and various styles of music that they have been making over the years has gained them a world wide following. Since the creation of
The Rurals in 1994. The group have made over 80 eps and 14 long playing albums in the process.
I have spoken to Andy, more so then Marie over the years concerning his attitudes to the music, The Rurals and other things over the years.
And one thing that seems to come to mind is his absolute love of making and creating new music. That has never left him!
Here is an Interview that I did with him during the year - 2002 - The Rurals - The Official Interview - year - 2002
They have completed numerous musical tours over the years since their inception which was 1994.
However, they have not gained the International stardom that I and many others feel that they should have reached in regards on a mainstream pop basis.
The Rurals - Just fine - 2006
The Rurals even have their own label that is Peng records which was creasted in 1999.
It seems that the reason why the label was created was that before Peng Records came to fruition.
Was because the music that the Rurals was creating and sending over to various records labels was taking
too long to get any feed back from them; and if they did agree to go along with it. It was taking too for the Rurals to getting paid!.
So the label of Peng Records was created.
Peng Records has grown and been very beneifical to The Rurals. As they now have a side division for the label.
This division is known as Peng Africa. Peng Africa is a division of the label that is now geared towards to promoting up and coming
South African House and Deep House music producers.
Sad news was to came to us within the year of 2007 when it was announced that Marie Tweak and Andy Compton had broken up.
The two founder members of the group were to go there own ways because of this.
In fact Marie Tweak was released her first solo album in 2007 in fact. The album was called Like this by Marie Tweak - 2007
The last recording that I have heard from Marie Tweak myself was when I found out that she was involved in this project
Its good news to know that Marie Tweak is still involved within music, and we as fans are still able to hear that lovely voice of hers.
Because of Marie decision to go solo - Andy Compton and the rest of the band (The Rurals) have since worked with other
vocalists from all over the world for years now.
One the last track/s that I got to purchase fromThe Rurals was this one
- Andy Compton Feat. Celestine - Kiss From Above:
Also this one. I nearly forget about this below.
In My Soul - L.A.M.P - Andy Compton (The Rurals ) & Ladybird Paris:
The lastest musical adventure involving the Rurals and music release from them is - The Rurals - Retrospect
The Rurals are one of the best groups that the Uk have created within the world of House music and
Future soul musicover the years; and yet they seem to fail to get the recognition from their place of birth (The Uk).
However, they are seen as heroes within countries such as South Africa and the USA. Strange world isn't it?
Well that all folks for me now anyway.
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