Rhythm and bass has wormed its way back to the forefront of sexy and cool. It simply is no longer just associated with big pop stars like Usher or Beyonce, and it isn't merely a sideshow for YouTube sensations or televised karaoke contests. R&B is hip again, thanks of artists like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, who stormed the barn to wrestle an instrument of romance back from the pressures of consumption.
Joel Compass exemplifies all that R&B can be and should be. Much like his aforementioned peers, Compass creates sonic sanctuaries to question indecision, regretful spontaneity, the loss of love, and all of those bad decisions we will all, inevitably, stumble past.
Joel Compass has been gathering notoriety and esteem in London's underground for a while now, but the 19-year-old troubadour will be releasing first proper EP, Astronaut this September 2 on Black Butter Records. The first track released from the EP is the theatrical and emotionally charged song "Fucked Up," with its Kanye West-like drone and a hook as infectious as Mr. West's.
Compass creates robust and beautiful melodies over atmospherics that would leave most singers hanging. However, his metered temperament displays his incredible vocal skills and a range that will surely shuttle him to the top. If you are looking for great tunes or for an indelible hook to share with friends this summer, then Joel Compass' "Fucked Up" is the song for you (via BANDxCITY)