Joel Compass

While most debut artists propose to offer something ‘different’ and ‘unique’, 20 year old Londoner Joel Compass is a particularly rare talent who delivers on every level. A singularly talented male singer, songwriter and producer, as visually interesting as he is lyrically and musically arresting, Compass combines effortless credibility with huge commercial appeal.

Joel Compass’s debut “Astronaut” EP was released to huge acclaim this summer on the impossibly cool Black Butter label, home of amongst others Rudimental, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City. His debut track Back To Me had over 30,000 SoundCloud plays and 150,000 YouTube views in just one week, attracting coverage on Hypebeast, Clash, The Hunger and The Guardian to name a few. Produced and written by himself and Maiday (Jakwob, Wretch), the eerie track is beautifully complimented by a haunting video that sees a young boy shoot his father. “My mum and dad split up when I was six years-old and I didn’t see my dad a lot so I could relate to some of the themes in this video,” says Joel. “Initially I wrote the song about a girl, but I’ve realized that, after the initial inspiration comes, songs can take on different meanings, and the meaning on this song has definitely changed.” The mysterious Kiss Love Goodbye is taut with suspense, almost cinematic in feel and execution.