Walsall’s Wesley Joseph has roped in the help of his fellow hometown hero, Jorja Smith, for his new single ‘Patience’.
The track appears on Joseph’s debut project Ultramarine, which arrives today on his own EEVILTWINN imprint. The multi-talented artist produced the record himself in his bedroom, and it features collaborations with Dave Okumo, Leon Vynehall, and the aforementioned Smith.
The two artists were formerly a part the Birmingham collective OG Horse together before their lives went down separate paths, with Smith’s musical career blowing up while Joseph moved to London in 2016 to study film. His eye for the cinematic is something that Joseph has brought across to his music, and ‘Patience’ is an arresting example of his talent.
“I made a demo version of the beat and hook years ago – I’d recently come back from Walsall and had been chilling with my grandad, so had a few voice notes of our conversations,” Joseph commented. “The last thing I did was add a snippet from a conversation me and my grandad had about him moving here from Jamaica and his outlook on life to the end of the song. Three years later, when the project started forming, I remember playing this song again and knowing that it had the potential to be this beautifully vivid grand finale.
“I linked up with Dave Okumu and Avi Barath to put our heads together, and they added these soulful chords and guitars. A week or so before we were set to finish the track, I got a text from Jorja – I forget what it was, but it was about music. I knew straight away she’d be perfect for this missing second verse I couldn’t get right, given where we’re from, our perspective on life, and the concept.
“I sent her a voice note of the song in the studio and asked her if she wanted to jump on it, and a week or two later we wrote and recorded the rest of the song together. We channelled themes of hope, fear, resilience, dreams, masculinity, growing up, loss and the future – all emotions and ideas that tie into ‘Patience’.”
For an artist who has only just shared their debut project, Joseph has carved out a unique sound that amalgamates parts from various genres together and creates a new type of visceral soul music that feels fresh in 2021.
He also directed the video for the track, which you can watch below. The future certainly shines bright for Wesley Joseph.