We spoke to rising star Joel Culpepper to find out about a few tracks that he’s digging right now in the run up to his headline show at London’s Jazz Cafe.

With a distinctive style inspired by British fashion and modern culture, South East London born Joel Culpepper has been described as ‘the UK’s answer to Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean’.

Releasing his first EP back in 2012, Culpepper’s path has been a long one, but one that is bearing fruit now thanks in no small part to that Colors Berlin performance which you can view below.

Heralded as having the best British male voice since Omar, Joel has worked with the likes of Roy Davis Jr and Swindle on his most recent EP Tortoise, and has been working on his debut album in the studio with Kojey Radical and Henry Wu.

After selling out Birthdays he is heading the Jazz Cafe on 28th September for his biggest headline show to date. We spoke to him to find out about a few tracks that he’s digging right now.

Radiant Children – Life’s a bitch

I don’t know much about these guys but I really love what I’ve heard so far. British too!!

Khraungbin – Maria Tambien 

The one regret I have about playing All Points East is not seeing these guys play there. Amazing trio. I’ve had this one on loop for weeks

J.Cole – Friends feat Kill Edward

J.Cole is one of the most consistent artists I’m aware of. He keeps coming stronger. This song you really feel him reaching out to a pal to help even at the risk of appearing judgemental.

Soft Hair – Relaxed Lizard

My guitarist put me on to this tune a while back. It’s got a Prince essence about it. Something really cool and quirky about the song writing. I’d love to hear this in a club, loud!

Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes

In terms of arrangement it gets no better than Kamasi. Every song feels like an epic motion picture. Extremely colourful, detailed, story, meaning. It’s hard to get this right without it going over your head a bit but Kamasi nails this one for me.


Ticket’s to see Joel headline the Jazz Cafe on 28th September with support from Jaz Karis are on sale now.