It's Monday, and the Monday Blues are kicking in, so get some new music in your ears to start the week off right.
After years of being a muse to artists like Beyonce, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT , we're finally being treat to a full length album from Sampha.
Having only previously released a handful of tracks under his namesake Sampha (a single and 2 E.P.s), the majority of Sampha's work has found it's way to us through features and collaborations, so I'm happy to report that this Debut is an early album of the year contender.
From beginning to end, Process bares it all. Sampha's sole on the line unheard in previous iterations of his piano ballads. '(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano' is an incredibly profound moment in the run of the album. The pounding and frantic drums of 'Blood on Me' and 'Kora Sings' halted by this beautiful dedication to his childhood instrument. Although titled as such, the song is a tribute to Sampha's late mother. Using the piano solo to combat the disparity of loss.
As the album plays out, It becomes a sort of apology, or confession of the mistakes he's made, third from last track 'Timmy's Prayer' explores the aftermath of a relationship that fell by the wayside. Sampha knows he's done wrong and is trying his best to get back to 'Heaven' (life with his formerly significant other).
'What shouldn't I be?', the album's closing track stands as Sampha's final apology. His selfish behaviour has affected those around him, and he's finally willing to atone. To see his family, to be with the people he loves. It took an untimely passing to see the value, and now he wants to make amends.
All in all, Process is a true delight and should sit with you for some time after listening. Hopefully, we won't have to wait long till the follow-up.