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Watch: Joel Compass – “Astronaut”

30 Jul

Joel Compass

There is an unwritten rule within Alphabet Bands Towers, don’t write about Joel Compass until you’ve seen the video. It’s a rule that came into force after we went a bit weak at the knees when listening to the young London producer’s debut track, “Back To Me”. Like many other blogs, we took to our laptop to eulogise about the track though we decided to focus on just how damn sexy he sounds and the smooth Prince-like groove he was laying down. Then the video came out and it was all about trying to bring a father back to his son. Yeah, much like the title of his second track, we “Fucked Up”.

So when he dropped his latest track, “Astronaut”, on Soundcloud recently the (now written) unwritten rule came into effect and we waited for the video to come along and divulge its hidden meaning. Except the video is a fairly straight laced performance clip, albeit from in front of both a very shiny spaceship console and an even shiner star lined background. So, with no stark revelation available we will instead focus on the smooth as silk sound and his falsetto, which is so sexy it could make a Nun renounce God and fling off her chastity belt; if he wanted it to.

As well as a Faith shattering voice, Compass is blessed with an innate gift for producing controlled brilliance. By that we mean his tracks feel like they have been precision engineered, painstakingly crafted to sound just so, and it really works. His blend of highly polished, down-tempo R’n’B, pop and old(ish) school UK garage hits a number of spots, most of which are marked ‘smoochy’ and ‘erogenous’.

Fans on YouTube have used words like ‘fresh’, ‘epic’, ‘this is the ish’, ‘swagg’, ‘check out my music’ and ‘this comment has been flagged as spam’ to describe “Astronaut” and we don’t even know what half of those words mean. So it must be good!

Smooth, soulful, smooch and expertly crafted; it’s the kind of track that Craig David would have given his seventh day for way back when. It’s mature beyond his years, charming and yes, pretty freaking sexy. Of course it is, nothing beats an Astronaut right?

”Astronaut” will be released as a single on 19 August and Joel’s debut EP, also called ‘Astronaut’ and which contains previous tracks “Back To Me”, “Fucked Up” and another as yet unheard track, is due out on 2 September. Both are on Black Butter Records and you can pre-order the EP now.

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Listen: Joel Compass – “Back To Me”

21 Mar

Joel Compass

Let’s face it, attempts to sound all smoochy and sexy in pop-based R’n’B have not often been dressed up in subtlety, so let us all get down on our knees and raise up a hallelujah for 19 year old Brixton-ite, Joel Compass.

Despite having just this one track, “Back To Me”, up on his Soundcloud, people have quietly been getting quite excited about young Joel for a while now. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why. He has an angelic voice that caresses with its soulful fragility. There are glimpses here of Prince, just tiny hints, at his most romantically sexy.

Like chocolate you forgot you had, it’s soft and sweet and ever so slightly melty; warm and velvety on the tongue it’s an unexpected treat that feels a little naughty but oh so good. This is music to listen to by candlelight in the company of someone special. Like the XX, James Blake and others, it deals in emptiness as much as it does warmth and love. Frank Ocean is another likely reference point for this highly polished piece of subtle, yes subtle, R’n’B. Beats are used sparingly and the smoke like tones float calmly around, resting just above both them and this gentle, rich and soothing voice.

“Back To Me” is the first track from Joel Compass’s forthcoming EP which is due out in June on Black Butter Records.

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