The much anticipated ‘Process’ dropped on Friday 3rd Feb 2017, and it does not disappoint. Sampha rose to fame after featuring heavily on SBTRKT’s self titled album, way back in 2011 and then again on Where We Land in 2014. Whilst Sampha may not have broken into the mainstream as a solo artist, his voice will be recognised by many as featuring on huge tracks such as Drake – Too Much and Kanye West – Saint Pablo. His unique vocal style, which is vulnerable and gentle, whilst often sitting most comfortably in front of hard dance beats, verging on dubstep (known for its aggressive productions), stands out as one of the most memorable sounds for 2017.
Process is a masterclass, it’s risky, emotional and ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of moods. Fancy a chilled vibe? Listen to (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano or Take Me Inside. Feel like nodding along on the train? Try Blood on Me or Kora Sings.
For me, unique voices will always resonate with an audience, be it good, bad or indifferent and Sampha certainly does that. Whilst I can see how Sampha’s sound wouldn’t be to everyones taste, I encourage everyone to give it a fair trial and respect the process (pun intended) of producing an album like this.
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Artwork: Contrary to SBTRKT, Sampha has released this album with just his image and the album title. Simple yet effective and very eye-catching given his unique look. I think it’s sick.
Favourite track: Blood On Me
Similar to: James Blake