The upcoming collection features unreleased tracks from Theo Parrish, Soulphiction, Norm Talley, Marcellus Pittman and more.
Both of the album's curators are house music veterans. Joe Babylon, AKA Joe Marougi, is a California native who's been at it for some 25 years, DJing, producing and running record labels (first Plug Research, then Roundabout Sounds). Wilhite, meanwhile, is one of Detroit's most esteemed (if under-appreciated) house artists, with decades of soulful house productions under his own name and as part of the group 3 Chairs (with Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Marcellus Pittmann).
Connecting the Compass shows them handpicking 11 previously unreleased tracks by some of their friends. These include Motor City artists like Pittman and Norm Talley as well as European acts like Soulphiction, Baaz and Smallville artists Jacques Bon and Nicolas Villebrun. Marougi and Wilhite both appear as well, with the latter deliver a "Godson Mix" of Parrish's "I'm Going Down Stairs." The compilation will be available on vinyl through Roundabout Sounds. You can hear a preview of the album right here.
A1 Karizma - I Think
A2 Baaz - Hush
B1 Marcellus Pittman - Defstar (Godon Mix/Re-edit)
B2 Jacques Bon & Nicolas Villebrun - Larry17
C1 Sean Tate - A Matter of Respect
C2 Soulphiction - Lone Sun
D1 Joe Babylon - Kubba
D2 Jon Easley - Harmonie Park Bluz
E1 Norm Talley - Track from the East
E2 Suburb - Gin & Whine
F1 Theo Parrish - I'm Going Downstairs (Godson Mix/Re-edit)
Roundabout Sounds will release Connecting the Compass on January 28th, 2013.