Considered Alternative R&B in the industry, Joel Culpepper is actually carrying on a classic soul and R&B sound that has been set aside in the age of auto-tune. Starting in 2009, the Londoner released several mixtapes and singles, and earned some widespread exposure for his single “Pilot Light” when it was picked up by the BBC.
His six-track debut EP, Sky Dive, in 2012. In the intervening years between this release and 2017’s Tortoise, he worked with Swindle, toured with Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, and his own group The Transformers. He also finally quit his teaching job.
Working with producers like Roy Davis Jr (Mary J. Blige) and Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse), the nine tracks on Tortoise will “blow your socks off” (Afro Punk). Clash magazine calls the single, “Woman” “delectable R&B with a sense of UK grit...” If you happen to journey across the pond this summer, you can catch him at one of his many dates through the UK and Ireland. Check out his Website for details.