02 June 2017 (released)
16 May 2017
Whistling is quite the thing at the moment. L.P.'s album is littered with it and now JP Cooper's gone all Roger Whittaker (the kids go straight to google!). Manchester's latest rising star is set for a big 2017 and this single - with its introductory whistle - is set to lift him further into the public consciousness. Already being played on Radio 2, Passport Home is a classy slice of pop-soul that has elements of James Morrison and Jason Mraz.
Cooper knows his songwriting, having already penned the Jonas Blue hit Perfect Strangers and now he wants to put his name to some of those songs in his cannon. This is an uplifting track, with a gospel tinge as Cooper urges his subject to 'keep the light on'. If the sunshine ever arrives in the UK this summer, Passport Home is set to soundtrack those bright days perfectly.
It'll be interesting to see how safe he goes with the forthcoming album or whether material like the more dance-infused predecessor September Song will dominate. Either way, he has already sold out London shows at The Village Underground, Koko and Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and those venues look set to continue to get bigger.