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Wesley Joseph links with Jorja Smith on new ULTRAMARINE outing "Patience"

17 June 2021, 15:33 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wesley Joseph has joined forces with his longtime friend Jorja Smith on new cut "Patience", which lands as a final preview of his debut project ULTRAMARINE before it drops tomorrow (18 June).

"Patience" featuring Jorja Smith is the third and final preview of Joseph's debut project ahead of its release tomorrow, following earlier outings "Ultramarine" and "Thrilla".

The collaboration, produced by Joseph, is teamed with another self-directed visual that stars both Joseph and Smith.

Joseph says of the track, "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"."

Smith previously made an appearance in the video for Joseph's 2020 single "Martyrs".

ULTRAMARINE was recorded last year and is self-produced. The project will feature eight tracks, including collaborations with Leon Vynehall, Dave Okumu and more.

"Patience" featuring Jorja Smith is out now. Wesley Joseph's debut project ULTRAMARINE will land via his own EEVILTWINN imprint tomorrow (18 June).
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