Sampha - "Plastic 100°C."
Well, here we are. Nearly four years after "Without" left me on the floor in a puddle of salty tears, Sampha's full-length Process is here. Like its namesake Joel Embiid, the album is a product of patience. The songs are full, rich constructions. Each choice sounds carefully considered, right from the jump: opening track "Plastic 100°C" runs over five minutes, contains an orchestra of instruments (harp back), and runs the gamut of dynamics.
I love comparing demos to the "finished product," and we have the opportunity here. When FADER posted an acoustic version last summer, it was a signal Sampha was still capable of greatness. Six months later, he followed through.—Graham Corrigan