Sampha possesses a voice unlike any other–if you’ve heard it once, you will recognize it anywhere. We’ve missed that voice in the last several months, since he shared the highly expressive “Timmy’s Prayer” in May. Before that, we caught a glimpse of the elusive UK singer-songwriter/producer in high profile collaborations with Kanye West on “Saint Pablo” as well as with Frank Ocean on “Alabama” from the Endless visual album.
Regardless of how long he’s been away, Sampha never ceases to make a lasting impression. “Blood On Me” opens with a tribal trip hop beat leading into Sampha’s seemingly desperate, out-of-breath verse “Gray hoodies / They cover their heads / I can’t see their faces / They’re near me / There’s sweat on my head.” The rest of the song alludes to an intense attempt to escape from “them,” concluding somewhat abruptly after the last line.
Needless to stay, the anticipation continues to build for Sampha’s forthcoming debut full-length, Process.