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Approved: Wesley Joseph

By | Published on Thursday 10 February 2022

Wesley Joseph

Rapper, producer and filmmaker Wesley Joseph released his debut mini-album ‘Ultramarine’ last summer – a brief but very clear indication of what he is capable of. He’s now back with new single ‘Cold Summer’, his first release under a new deal with Secretly Canadian.

“Whenever me and [’Cold Summer’ co-producer] Leon Vynehall are at his studio The Ooz, the vibe is special and the world spins at a different pace”, he says. “We talked about how I wanted to create the theme music for a supervillain’s return, something that felt uneasy, tense, and eerie, yet completely encapsulating – that would feel like the perfect beginning to the next chapter”.

“‘Cold Summer’ started to take shape at 1am after a day of working, and as soon as we got the atmospherics and drums down we couldn’t stop playing it”, he continues. “We wanted to make something simple that allowed my vocal to lead and bend the vibe in each section. Creating it was a freeing process I think you can hear reflected in the song”.

The track is certainly something to be excited about – its use of strings alone makes it feel very special and a sign of big things to come. He is currently working on the follow-up to ‘Ultramarine’ with collaborators including Vynehall, AK Paul, Dave Okumu and Lexxx.

Watch Joseph’s self-directed video for ‘Cold Summer’ here: