Review: Process Displays Both Beauty and Chaos in Sampha’s Pain

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Note: My music reviews will always be “late.” It is my belief that albums should be listened to in different moods, settings, and after extended breaks, all while conditioning yourself to accept what you were given as opposed to what you wanted. Only then can you give a legitimate and honest critique of the material.

If you were to talk to me about Sampha a year ago, my response most likely would have been, “Who?” I’m not intimately familiar with the Young Turks roster, so although Sampha has worked with some high-profile artists in the past–including guys like Kanye West and Drake–he wasn’t an artist I was aware of. But earlier this year, Sampha broke with his debut record Process, and it seemed as if he was making the rounds everywhere. I couldn’t go more than a few scrolls down my timeline without seeing mention of his name, so naturally, I was compelled to listen to the album. Continue reading

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