Following a surprise release with Richard Russell last week and an appearance on Drake’s More Life, Sampha visited NPR to play three tracks from his recent ‘Process’ album. The performance was part of their Tiny Desk Concert series which has seen the likes of T-Pain, D.R.A.M and The Internet perform live, intimate sets in recent years.
During his perfomance, the multitalented South London instrumentalist switched effortlessly between acoustic and electronic pianos while treating the audience to stripped down versions of ‘Blood On Me’, ‘Plastic 100°C’ and ‘(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano’.
The artist’s originality lies in his delivery and tone, qualities which have made him one of the most sought after musicians in the industry. In recent months he’s made appearances on Kanye’s ‘Saint Pablo’, Solange’s ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and Drake’s ‘4422’. His music is authentic and vulnerable, which is why it resonates so deeply with swathes of his fans.
His debut album, Process, sees Sampha share painful details about the illnesses that have stricken his immediate family, with both of his parents eventually succumbing to cancer. Process sees Sampha sharing a complex emotional prism which portrays glinted rays of sunshine gleaming through shattered shards of pain.
It’s this emotional energy that Sampha brought to NPR’s offices.
In brighter news, Sampha has also recently teamed up with cult Dutch brand ‘Patta’ to create an exclusive pocket T-shirt to celebrate his debut album, and its accompanying tour. The minimalist black cotton shirt features the Patta script logo on the neck, and the word ‘Process’ printed on the chest pocket and back.
The piece will be exclusively available at Patta stores and online this Thursday (March 23rd), to coincide with the Amsterdam leg of Sampha’s tour.
Stream Sampha’s Process album here: