JOE!PALMER took all he needed out of South Manchester to go and express himself through music elsewhere. Turning ‘Conflict’ into calm, there’s a natural swirl and stagger to his flow that can’t be pigeon-holed. Remaining in a rhythmic spoken word style, nothing is predetermined or pre-established.
‘PlaYbook’, his debut mixtape uses an eclectic diverse set of instruments; from African/Caribbean instruments, woodwind and bells that drone alongside low-fi piano and Spanish guitar - all played by himself. Representing a range of styles, the beats bounce back to the 90s as they drop in and out in, bending and lending to the voice that details debt, doubt and devotion to music.
‘PlaYbook’ is eclectic and effortless. Tracks like opener ‘Stay Calm’ and ‘Conflict’ are gritty and cathartic, funky, and full of feeling. The 27-year-old went from South Manchester to East Bristol in 2013 which gave the young artist room to explore new musical territories, realizing new influences such as Afro-Beat and Dancehall, which can be heard particularly on ‘One Life’, ‘No Words’ and ‘Fiesta’.
In a matter of days, ‘PlaYbook’ hit 4,000 plays on Spotify capturing a global audience. It seems JOE!PALMER is surfacing from the underground after ten years writing and recording under different guises.
He already has plans for the summer with a stripped back, low-production acoustic EP in its early stages. Keeping it seasonal, there might be something coming this winter too!
Where are you from?
I'm from South Manchester (the UK and now reside in East Bristol (UK).
Describe your sound:
My sound fits between RoadRap and UKHipHop, the pace is usually between 105-115 BPM. I use a lot of African/Caribbean instruments as well as punchy natural sounding drums. My lyrics focus on deep issues, self-improvement and reflection.
Tell us about your latest track:
My latest mixtape has been in the pipeline for a long time, it's a portrait of my lifestyle, my experiences and how I feel about myself
Who inspires you?
I was inspired by 90s hip-hop from a very early age, even performed A Tribe Called Quest track when I was 10 years old at the talent show in school. My INFLUENCES now are the likes of Wretch 32, Maverick Sabre, Cadet, George the Poet and PROSE (who's a long-term friend of mine from Manchester)
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
I see myself with a catalogue of music that's backed up by a dedicated fanbase.
Where can we check out your sounds?
www.linkupjoe.com has links to all of the music streaming platforms it's on (which includes Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer etc), it also includes videos and a link to my Instagram where I promote exclusive freestyle content.
Tell us something about yourself that people need to know.
The style in which I rap is a flow that's true to the natural rhythm of my voice, I don't follow on the generic flows and styles that many other UK artists reproduce that were mainly drawn from US artists. My lyrics and motivation to write has always been therapy for me, my main motivation is to get shit off my chest that I wouldn't have any other means to do so.
on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/linkupjoe/
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/playbook/1455240158