Sampha Makes a Gorgeously Emotional Debut with ‘Process’

Twas the night before Process and Sampha was gracious enough to ease our anxious anticipation by sharing a cover of Roy Davis Jr’s ’90s, Chicago House-style “Gabriel” in smooth ballad form. But even the beauty of this remake couldn’t compare to the untouchable original musicality he showcases in his debut project that kept fans obsessively hopeful for its early arrival. Including previously released singles “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano,” “Blood On Me,” “Timmy’s Prayer” and “Under” (which Sampha shared last night on Beats 1), Process is a stately, resplendent and biotic body of potently raw sentiments.

It’s extremely difficult to choose a favorite or even name a top five among the 10 pensive cuts. But standout track “Kora Sings” is the uptempo jam in which the London native rhythmically sings welcomes to a tornado of harmonies from backing vocals atop Latin-inspired production with Electronic elements. The stunning “Take Me Inside” transitions into the abyssal-like emotions of “Reverse Faults,” while the love-bruised “Incomplete Kisses” stimulates cathartic tears. The album contains no features which is a notable achievement for Sampha who has been featured on songs by many of today’s favorites from Solange to Drake.

Watch Sampha cover “Gabriel” above and stream the gorgeous Process below or via Spotify. Plus, check out a preview of his forthcoming ‘Process’ documentary expected to debut in March.


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