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Sampha hails from Morden, south London and has spent the last six years generously dividing his musical talents across solo and collaborative work. In addition to his own revered solo releases (his debut Sundanza EP, 2013’s Dual EP and “Too Much / Without You” single), Sampha contributed majorly to SBTRKT’s acclaimed debut and follow up Wonder Where We Land as co-writer and featured vocalist, and went on to tour worldwide as half of the SBTRKT live show (spanning Glastonbury, Primavera, Coachella, Brixton Academy, Terminal 5...) Equally in demand as a songwriter, singer, producer and player, Sampha has been sampled by and produced for Drake (“The Motion” and “Too Much ft Sampha”), Kanye West (“Saint Pablo ft Sampha”), Beyonce (“Mine ft Drake”), Katy B (“Play ft Sampha”) and FKA twigs (LP1 standout “Numbers”). He also remains a frequent collaborator in the Young Turks family and beyond; from remixing The xx and Chairlift to experimenting in sonics and structure as half of production duo Short Stories (alongside Koreless). Other significant partnerships include Jessie Ware on “Valentine” and Lil Silva (“Salient Sarah” + “On Your Own”).
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The Music: cuts me deep, makes me dance, makes me weep. Don't sleep on this one.
This is definitely R&B, but with gobs of confidence and experimentation, I even hear a bit of Panda Bear in there sometimes.
Also: the tracks are sequenced perfectly for the flip, get this one on vinyl.
* While Sampha has been associated as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer for the likes of SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, Drake, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Solange, FKA Twigs, etc., his debut album is far less grandiose and fussy than those others'. It has an honest rawness and emotionality rarely attained by his collaborators.
* When he uses electronic elements, they are carefully and subtly chosen for full effect, as in the turbulent yet meditative K-O punch of "Reverse Faults" and "Under" (tracks 6 and 7).
* Process' focus remains on Sampha's keyboard and vocal prowess. His vulnerable and nuanced falsetto absolutely tugs at your heart (unlike, say, Bon Iver's similar voice on his sterile recent effort). Nowhere is this more evident than on the breathtaking "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano." I truly doubt we're going to hear a more beautiful ballad the remainder of this year.
* This is an album that, while varied in its tones, is delicately unified by an overall sense of yearning for beauty amidst a world full of mortality and grief. It is heavily reflective while ultimately remaining hopeful and spontaneous.
Yes, this is a resoundingly successful debut release, and I (for one) look forward to hearing more of Sampha's talented trek through what has become a rather barren R&B landscape.
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