You’ve probably heard Sampha playing somewhere. Maybe on the radio in the car, background music in a shop or simply someone talking about him. You may have mentioned it to a friend “oh have you heard that guy? You know that voice, smoking, gives you goosebumps?” Well its his time to shine in his own right.
Having released two EPs first 2010 Sundanza Second 2013 Dual, this is his debut album Process. This singer, songwriter and producer is doing some brilliant stuff for the Electronic & Soul genres.
The first time I heard of Sampha was on Drakes Too much, it kept me wanting more. He has definitely delivered with this album. No one knows me is a beautiful example of his raw talent. You can hear and feel just what he means word for word. The piano riffs are so soothing and then the incredible vocal on top. This is likely to be the best song you’ll hear this year. Simply wow!
Blood On Me was the first song off this album being played on the radio which I loved straight away. It displays the versatility in the vocal chords. Powerful and engaging along with the silky smooth style which he absolutely owns. Even without the vocals, the melodies and instruments can almost put you in a meditative state. Especially on What Shouldn’t I Be, he gets you thinking deeply and reflecting on yourself.
Sampha Sisay has worked with the likes of Drake, Solange and Jessie Ware. He is a superstar in the making. Been waiting for him to drop an album and this doesn’t disappoint. Hailing from Morden South London, the 27 year old seems to put so much raw emotion into his vocals.
I can only describe his amazing voice as husky and fragile but this guy makes it so individual, unique and captivating. I would go as far as saying ‘Sexy’. You get swallowed up by the sound into another dimension. If your looking to lose yourself in an album, this is the one. Showcasing what the UK sound is bringing to the world stage. Magical and gorgeous!
After making us wait two years, the anticipation is finally over for J. Cole’s new album 4 Your Eyez Only…
J. Cole drops two new singles ahead of his eagerly awaited album. He talks some science on One Day Everyone Gotta Die, calling out Lil Wayne or as he puts it “Lil Whatever”. He is almost saying he’s not even a real rapper and that he’s bored of old rappers being the gate keepers of the game and for them to chill out.
False prophets is digging at Kanye about him having fallen and not being the rapper that he once was. He insinuates that he may have had a ghost writer which is controversial but I see where hes coming from after the recent stuff about him in the press. It’s clear that he’s out to send a message to all rappers. Talking about people having certain traits/complexes and how they have slipped to reveal their true colours. Unfortunately these two tracks are not on J.Cole’s new album.
Anyone that has ever listened to his work knows that J Cole can rap. 4 Your Eyez Only is yet another affirmation of his talent. Infectious beats with a killer smooth flow. Changes is a great example of this. The only real change comes from inside, everyone that looks inwards can relate to this, its one of my favourites. Neighbours tells the tale of being raided allegedly by a Swat team while recording this album, apparently they thought J Cole was selling dope.
Deja Vu samples KP & Envy’s Swing My Way, it sounds uncannily like the late Tupac on the hook.
This whole album feels like a personal entry into a journal. He has definitely let you in to his personal space, talking a lot about mortality throughout. Will this album play easy and be appreciated by hip hop fans? Yes! But I’m struggling to find tracks off it that will bang in a club. 4 Your Eyez Only is a winner to me. If you like thought provoking hip hop and not your generic “I got this much money rubbish” out there then you will appreciate J Cole’s new album.
Buy J. Cole’s new album, 4 Your Eyez Only here
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