The London-born singer, songwriter, and producer Joel Compass offers an impressive combination of undeniable talent and huge commercial appeal.
His new EP Astronaut follows the hugely successful single of the same name. Centered on Joel's sexy falsetto, and with beats that reference everything from trap to house, it comes at exactly the right time in this future-pop zeitgeist moment.
Astronaut's overall sound draws heavily on the UK underground, but Joel's voice has more in common with American singers like Miguel, Frank Ocean, and Maxwell than it does those from his own hood. At turns dark and disturbing, at others boldly witty and markedly candid, his is indie R&B at its best.
In addition to the title track, the EP features previously released single "Fucked Up," which premiered on Zane Lowe's influential BBC Radio 1 show.