Peng was founded at quite possibly the worst moment to ever found a record label – 1999, on the cusp of a massive die-off when the mp3 created an asteroid that killed all the cold-blooded lizards that used to populate the record industry. If it’s lasted 20 years – and it has, as of today – they’ve been the 20 hardest years and it’s something to raise a toast over.
Andy Compton is releasing a free 14 track compilation today to mark Peng’s anniversary, made up largely of tracks from the last 5 years. Quite a few of them have been written about in these parts – “LA Confidential” from last year’s California Dreaming, “Echo’s In My Heart” from Compton & Han Litz’s Use the 3rd Eye (featuring Rogiers), “I Belong” with Celestine from Andy Compton’s Sowetan Onesteps and more.
This makes 150 EPs and 35 albums over 20 years for Peng, the majority by Andy in one guise or another. “But check this out,” Andy told me when I first interviewed he some 10 years ago. “Roy Ayers released over 100 LPs in his time. That’s a good goal for me!” He’s a third of the way there.
20 Years of Peng is a free download (name your price; you’re welcome to kick a $10,000 tip though) out today via Bandcamp.
Artist: Various Artists
Title: 20 Years of Peng
Release Date: February 26 2019