Joel Compass, the British crooner who gave us “Fucked Up” is heading into the celestial realms for his latest release. “Astronaut” is R&B tinged with angelic electronic production. Without ever allowing things to veer off into the realm of chintzy, Compass guides the metaphor of space-traveler-as-lover to a remarkably sexy climactic edge, then leaps off into deep space. Cathedral-ready harmonized chords at the end evoke a sense of the divine even when the song drifts into carnal territory. Keep an eye on this 19-year-old, he’s part of a rapidly growing electro-R&B contingent that are impossible to ignore. With only three songs out (watch the video for “Back to Me” here), it’ll be fascinating to see where else Compass decides to go.
Joel Compass - "Astronaut"