Today, the London-based artist, producer and director Wesley Joseph releases the single “Patience (feat. Jorja Smith),” off of his forthcoming debut project ULTRAMARINE out tomorrow. He also shares the self-directed music video for the track, premiered via The FADER who noted it’s “a song of deeply textured and futuristic soul music.” The video features Joseph and Smith together riding through the country and encountering tragedies along the way. Both Jorja and Wesley are part of the UK’s OG Horse Collective and have been friends and collaborators for years. Wesley has always approached his creative world with a distinguished vision, producing the songs himself and finishing them in the company of collaborators Lexxx (Jai Paul, Pa Salieu, Celeste) and Mike Bozzi (Kendrick Lamar, Tyler The Creator, Mac Miller). His training as a filmmaker has allowed him to create and direct three extraordinary music videos for the pre-release singles on Ultramarine – his epic exploration of good and evil in “Thrilla,” his psychedelic-fueled night gone wrong in “Ultramarine” and now his newest opus with “Patience (feat. Jorja Smith)”
Wesley Joseph on “Patience (feat. Jorja Smith)”:
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. 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 channeled themes of hope, fear, resilience, dreams, masculinity, growing up, loss and the future – all emotions and ideas that tie into Patience.
Wesley’s highly anticipated debut project ULTRAMARINE will be released on his own EEVILTWINN imprint tomorrow. The self-produced record was made throughout last year and features eight brand new songs from Wesley, including collaborations with contemporaries Jorja Smith, Leon Vynehall, Dave Okumu and more.