Sampha – Process - 2017 Electronic R+B Sealed LP
Sampha – Process
Young Turks – YTLP158
Vinyl, LP, Album
SEALED NEW COPY
03 Feb 2017
Electronic, Funk / Soul
Soul, Contemporary R&B
A1 Plastic 100°C
A2 Blood On Me
A3 Kora Sings
Backing Vocals – Laura GrovesKora – Josh Doughty
A4 (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
A5 Take Me Inside
B1 Reverse Faults
B3 Timmy’s Prayer
B4 Incomplete Kisses
B5 What Shouldn’t I Be?
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Young Turks
Copyright (c) – Young Turks
Recorded At – Zelig Studios
Recorded At – Westpoint Recording Studios
Recorded At – Ocean Sound Recordings
Recorded At – Strongroom
Recorded At – Miloco The Square
Recorded At – XL Studios
Recorded At – Sarm Studios
Recorded At – RAK Studios
Mastered At – Alchemy Mastering
Published By – Young Turks Music
Published By – Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc.
Artwork, Photography By [Cover] – Ben Walker (8)
Co-producer – Rodaidh McDonald
Engineer – Riccardo Damian
Engineer [Additional Vocal Engineering] – John Foyle (tracks: A2)
Mastered By – Matt Colton
Mixed By – David Wrench
Written-By – Kanye West (tracks: B3)
Written-By, Producer, Performer – Sampha Sisay
P 2016 Young Turks
C 2016 Young Turks
Recorded at Zelig Studios, London, Westpoint Studios, London, Strongroom Studios, London, Ocean Sound Recordings, Norway, The Square, London, XL Studios, London, Sarm, London, and RAK Studios, London.
Mastered at Alchemy, London.
"Sampha’s career dates back to 2010 and the release of Sundanza, his first EP. In 2011, Sampha was featured heavily on producer SBTRKT’s debut album; his second EP, Dual, followed in 2013. Sampha played the background from there, turning up on tracks with Drake (“Too Much,” “The Motion”), Kanye West (“Saint Pablo”), Frank Ocean (“Alabama”), and Solange (“Don’t Touch My Hair”). His presence was strong, even if his voice—a gentle, shimmering falsetto—added light touches to the scenery. Despite its delicate texture, Sampha’s inflection hovers perfectly above the music, cracking at certain pitches to convey grief.
In a way, Process feels like a concept album on which Sampha rediscovers himself. The musician’s mother was diagnosed with cancer the same year Sundaza came out, and as her primary caregiver, he naturally focused his attention on her well-being. Now, he’s attempting to reconnect with his core while coping with despair. In the past, he’d mix his voice to fit within the instrumental; on Process, he makes it the focal point. Co-produced with Rodaidh McDonald, *Process *brings to mind James Blake while nodding to mainstream hip-hop. On “Under,” in particular, Sampha utilizes a sleek trap beat.
Even the album’s most upbeat tracks are shaded with tension. “You’ve been with me since the cradle,” Sampha recalls on “Kora Sings,” presumably referring to his mom. “You’ve been with me, you’re my angel, please don’t you disappear.” With “Blood on Me,” the album’s second single, the vocalist sings through heavy breaths, seemingly haunted by his own insecurities. It addresses the fear of moving forward after personal trauma, and for a quiet soul like Sampha, it also speaks to the panic of navigating the world by himself. “I’m on this road now,” he exclaims. “I’m so alone now/Swerving out of control now.”
On album closer “What Shouldn’t I Be?,” you feel Sampha’s air of prolonged detachment. It catches the singer at his most vulnerable, trying to remember the sketches of his childhood. Close your eyes, and you can almost see Sampha’s family—happy, affectionate, and together. “I should visit my brother,” he ponders, “but I haven’t been there in months.” His self-imposed isolation doesn’t outweigh the song’s overall premise: “You can always come home.” ( pitchfork)