Increasingly earmarked as one of the most exciting emerging artists this year, singularly talented London born singer, songwriter and producer Joel Compass is set to release his first single 'Run' on 18th November on Outsiders/Polydor. Currently on the Radio 1 B list, a new version of 'Run' feat Pusha T was premiered on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show as his 'Hottest Record in the World' on Wednesday 30th October and was Zane's 'Record of the Week' w/c 11th November.
Following his much lauded and Radio 1 playlisted 'Astronaut' EP, released through Black Butter (home of, amongst others, Rudimental, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City) his first single proper provides further insight into Compass' world. Written and produced by Joel, 'Run' is an atmospheric R & B song that is driven by Joel's soulful falsetto, combining effortless credibility with huge commercial appeal and heartbreaking lyrics.
20-year-old Joel Compass has been turning heads since his debut track 'Back To Me' surfaced earlier this year, receiving over 30,000 SoundCloud plays and 150,000 YouTube views in just one week. 'Back To Me' and follow-up EP track 'Fucked Up' received radio play from tastemaker DJ's on BBC Radio 1, 1 Xtra playlists and attracted coverage on Hypebeast, Clash, The Hunger, This is fake DIY, The Line of Best Fit,
I-D and The Guardian to name a few. 'Astronaut', the title track from this summer's debut EP, received a BBC Radio 1 'In New Music We Trust' playlisting and a similar set of YouTube views, bringing Compass views to over 1 million.
Following supporting Rudimental on their October 2013 tour, Joel will be supporting no.1 selling US hip-hop artist J Cole on his UK tour in December. Full dates below:
1st December (J Cole support): Eventim Apollo London
5th December (J Cole support): O2 Academy Leeds
7th December (J Cole support): O2 Academy Glasgow
8th December (J Cole support): O2 Academy Birmingham
Joel's debut album will be released in Spring 2014