The Rurals In 5 Records

Since 1994, The Rurals have been perfecting a unique style of live elements melted with house music from their pastures of Devonshire, England. They’ve worked with Motown, Naked Music, HOUSE AFRIKA, and Large Records amongst many others. Their music over the years has received a wealth of support from Larry Heard (the legendary Mr Fingers), Marques Wyatt, Louie Vega, Mark Farina, Glen Underground, Osunlade and many more!

With the launch of The Rurals 16th Album ‘Retrospect’ out now on Traxsource, Andy Compton (from The Rurals) shares 5 records that have shaped his career to this point.

Retrospect is on now on Traxsource.


1. The Rurals – Scrumpin’.

’Scrumpin’  was first released on vinyl on the label DIY Discs in 1997, It was named after the ‘groove Orchard’, the orchard was next to the studio at the farm where i grew up. We used to chill in the orchard to gather inspiration, and also at the right time of year ’scrump’ some apples! This song was the first song we had licensed to a compilation, it ended up on Mark Farina’s ‘United DJ’s’ CD, so we were buzzing about that!


2. The Rurals – Cool Chillie (Original Mix).

‘Cool Chillie’ was the start of our ‘live’ sound (1996), it was the first time I played and recorded the bass guitar properly. The elements were simple, a groovy house beat coming from a real 909, live bass, Guitar, Congas & keys (played by Pete Morris). They were all recorded on a Tascam reel to reel 8 track! This was Jazz/ Funk in house!


3. The Rurals – No Sunshine.

’No Sunshine’ was the first song I released with Marie Tweek singing, it was written in 1998 at the farm studio, with Pete Morris playing the Juno 106, and Pete Gurner on the Bass. This was put on the first Peng E.P, released in 1999, then later on the Rurals album ’The Grass Is Always Greener’.


4. The Rurals – Lush.

‘Lush’ was recorded at my studio located in Dartmoor, Devon in 2000, it’s one of the best known, classic Rurals songs. Once again, all ‘live’, jammed over 909 beats, Pete Morris, playing the Fender Rhodes, and Pete Gurner on the Bass, Myself on guitar and Marie delivered a beautiful vocal! It was on the album ’Sweeter Sounds’, that was licensed in the USA and opened up a lot of doors for us! A few months later it got remixed by 95 North, one of our fave producers/groups.


5. The Rurals ft Magic Soul – It’s Hot In Africa (Magic Soul Spoken Word Mix).

‘It’s Hot In Africa’ was a collaboration with Magic Soul, from South Africa, released in 2010. The guys had been hitting me up to do something. I sent them the super jazzy original groove, already named ‘It’s Hot In Africa’, and then Pricha did some dope spoken word and vocals over it. They remixed it, and this version became huge in South Africa! It’s still a classic over there! And whenever I play it they start freaking out as soon as they hear the beat! This tracks opened many doors in South Africa. I found there was a huge fanbase for The Rurals, and since 2011 I’ve have done 15 tours there!


The Rurals artist page & releases on Traxsource.