Compass: Navigating the Global Dancefloor

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Antionio Hernández and Camilo Lara could be described as the modern-day dons of Latin music. The two producers better known as Toy Selectah and Mexican Institute of Sound have helped shape, globalise and drive the evolution of modern Latin American music. From the advent of digital Cumbia to subtly infusing modern-day Pop with Latin roots and sounds, the influence of these two can be felt on dancefloors and charts all over the world. Under the name Compass, the two have now combined forces on a project celebrating and championing global sound. It is in their words, the duo’s “PhD thesis on global music production”.

Lara, Maluca, Gael Garcia Bernal & Toy recording Compass

The name Compass comes from the Mexican compas or compadres meaning buddies but is also a metaphor for the project’s navigation around the world of modern music production. The album to be released in 2015 features an astounding 80 collaborators, from four continents, endless genres, styles and sounds.

“WE WANTED TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT THE DANCEFLOOR IS THE SAME EVERYWHERE; IT’S A VERY DEMOCRATIC PLACE WHERE ANYONE CAN SHARE MUSIC’S ENERGY”

Alongside some recognisable names in the Latin electronic music scene like Bonde Do Role, DJ Dusty, Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill) and Helado Negro, the project also features a few surprises including Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera. As Lara says: “It’s a global album, but it all has a distinctive Mexican flavour.”

The album will be released next year but watch out for a series of five videos detailing the project recording process and more via Red Bull. Red Bull, which supported the recording of the album, also last week released a preview of one of the tracks, La Llama.

“IT’S JUST MUSIC, WE ALL SHARE A BEAT, YOU KNOW?”

This cut is held together by a trademark MIS sample fuelled beat fused with the global influences of Notch (formerly of Born Jamericans), New York’s Matty Rico and Ohmega Watts, ghetto-techno empress Maluca, legendary Cali dj Kut Masta Kurt and Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark. Check out an interview with the two dons here for more information.

Full Artist List:

Angela Hunte
Benjamin Lozinger (MO)
Bixiga 70
Bonde Do Role
Boy George
Bradley (Black English)
Brother Culture
Bruno Morais
Bruno Zamborlin (Plaid)
Cacau Arcoverde
Carlos Ann
Ceci Bastida
Centavrvs
Chedda
Children’s Choir
Chris Colonna (Bumblebeez)
Christian Rich
Chrome Sparks
Cornelius
Count Counsellor
Crystal Fighters
Deborah de Corral
Dezzie Gee (The Leftovers)
DJ Dusty
DJ Lengua
DJ Preto
DJ Tudo
Don Cheto
Duncan Bridgeman
Emanero
Emicida
Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill)
Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello)
Fredo (Bongoloidz)
Gaby Amarantos
Gospel Choir
Helado Negro
Iana Renno
Igor Cavalera (Sepultura)
Jase B
Javier Weyler (Stereophonics)
Jelani Blackman
Jota (Los Planetas)
Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pimps)
Kita Klane
Kool A.D. (Das Racist)
Kut Masta Kurt
Kutle
Los Master Plus
Ludmilla
Maluca Mala
Maria del Pilar (Los Abandoned)
Mariachi el Bronx
Matty Rico
Mauricio Fleury
MC Lyte
Mercurias
Michael Thomas (Water)
Mike Peters (The Alarm)
Money Mark
N.A.S.A.
Nadia Hernandez
Nic Harcourt
Nina Sky
Notch
Ohmega Watts
Pedro Erazo (Gogol Bordello)
Pharo (The Leftovers)
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
Raja Ram
Rob Birch (Stereo MC’s)
Rulo
Sergio Mendoza
Sly and Robbie
Son Doobie (Funkdoobiest)
Speakz
Stela Campos
Stro Elliot
Tanto Blacks
Tiombe Lockhart
Toots & The Maytals
Trio Pessoa
Trufix
Will Abers (Ozomatli)
Wookie Williams
Youth

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