It’s been three years since Sampha released his last EP, and the soulful south Londoner has been keeping busy. As well as co-writing and singing on around half of SBTRKT’s debut album, he’s been remixing The xx and recording tracks with Drake (‘The Motion’) and Jessie Ware (‘Valentine’). Perhaps mindful of being pegged as someone unable to do the business without a famous name in the mix, he’s made this second EP a totally solo, self-produced affair. The six tracks are tied together by a sustained late-night vibe and consistently excellent vocals, but Sampha shows impressive range by moving from the spare, piano-led opener ‘Demons’ to the fuller, spooky gospel sound of final track ‘Can’t Get Close’. In between come two tunes that prove he should do his own thing more often: the woozy R&B of ‘Without’, whose skittering beats sound primed for Destiny’s Child; and ‘Indecision’, a literate ballad in which he comes off like a lo-fi Frank Ocean.
- Record label: Turks
- Release date: 29 Jul, 2013