The compelling Blood On Me has the crooner desperately on the run, anxiety lingering on his breath. When the sombre, harrowing piano takes the spotlight on (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano, Sampha’s vocals are unassuming, delicate and beautifully imperfect. Like his late mother, his piano has given him life, shaping the ‘musician’s musician’ he has become. The fragile and alienated Plastic 100°C and wistful Reverse Faults showcase the underlying tension in Process, the same tension you can hear in Solange’s A Seat At The Table (on which Sampha sang and also produced). While Solange is the voice of her community, Sampha’s is much more personal. The minimal-electro plea for forgiveness Timmy’s Prayer is a sorrowful number – disturbingly romantic, self-deprecating and nervous. This Timmy’s prayer is that this album never ends.
Process is out February 3 via Remote Control.