Award-Winning Mexican Producers Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) & Toy Selectah Bridge Friendship and Music for New Project Compass Collaborating with Over 90 Artists from Across the World!
Producers Toy Selectah and Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) have traveled the globe in the name of music. They have played in front of thousands of fans at important festivals and have performed on some of the world's most prominent stages. These two DJs who produce, write and make music utilizing creative and high-energy beats with sharp melodic centerpieces, have been colleagues and friends for years. They've always known that someday they would work together on a project of a bigger scale. Then one night the musical yarn inside Toy's head – and laptop – began to spin.
Known for his pioneering work as a maestro of the hip hop en español movement, Toy has been traveling the world for the last 15 years DJing, producing and pioneering the New Cumbia and Global Bass phenomena. Toy sent Camilo a series of intricate beats he was saving for something special. Upon hearing the thumps and the bumps of those fast-moving and hypnotic rhythms, Camilo called Toy to say he was ready to begin work. In that moment, a new album concept was born out of their friendship and commitment to uniting the masses through music. They called it Compass, a name that refers to both the magnetized instrument and a shortened word for compadres or godfathers, and it would take two years of their lives in between gigs, tours and other projects to come to fruition.
The release features a 13-track set introducing a global pool of artists who signed on for the high-energy project and features genres such as reggae, punk, dance hall and electronica, and other musical styles. The producing duo traveled to US, England, Brazil, Jamaica and Mexico. They also made side trips to places such as China and Japan, reuniting with artists, colleagues and friends they met through the years. In each city they collaborated musically by including these musicians in the process of creating songs for Compass.
Toy and Camilo called on a global pool of collaborators and friends to create the super-charged album that mixes a variety of musical elements to create a project with global appeal and a Latin edge. More than 90 artists participated, legendary Jamaican singer/songwriter, Toots Hibbert (Toots & the Maytals), MC Lyte, Cornelius, Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello) , Rob Birch (Stereo MCs), Kool A.D. (Das Racist), Emicida, Maluca, Kelli Ali, Tiombe Lockhart, Nina Sky, Tanto Blacks, Crystal Fighters, Bonde do Role, Mercurias, Bruno Morais, El Dusty, Gael Garcia Bernal and others.
For the Compass project, both Toy and Camilo worked together creating the beats and the music. Once they had songs, the two instinctively knew which artists would gravitate towards certain tracks. Most songs have multiple artists from different parts of the world each contributing to a different part of the track. "This project is about democratization on the dance floor," Camilo says. "This album intends to show that rock, electronica and dance music, among other styles, can co-exist. This is part of a community being part of this musical experience."