South East London R&B artist, Joel Culpepper, has released new single, ‘Woman’, from his EP ‘Tortoise’. The EP emerged earlier this year via Pledge Music, and represents a creative milestone in his burgeoning career. The new single, whose video was released today, follows the success of ‘Afraid To Be King’.
The title of the EP was inspired by the timeless and ever-apt tale of the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’, which speaks to Joel Culpepper’s own evolution; and with which he hopes listeners can identify and find inspiration for their own journeys. ‘Tortoise’ is a strong, confident collection of music. Featuring sweeping crescendos, orchestral arrangements and driving rhythms, it’s unified by creative production. Joel Culpepper’s intense soul vocals take the spotlight. It glides over songs with dexterity and confidence.
Championing individuality through his honest songwriting and unique take on traditional love songs, the EP journeys different genres. From traditional 60s and 70s inspired R&B, to contemporary electronic R&B and hip-hop, it creates a signature ‘retro-futurist’ sound.
‘Woman’ features an addictive vocal hook over a punchy piano riff. Culpepper’s smooth tenor-to-falsetto range rings crystal clear. Other key tracks include ‘Don’t Mean I’m In Love’ and ‘My Father’s Son’, which is driven by a rapid drumbeat layered with smooth guitars echoing Curtis Mayfield.