BEST NEW TRACKS: SAMPHA - EVERYTHING IS RECORDED (UNTITLED TRACK)
The British singer/producer Sampha has no shortage of job offers from the industry’s most popular artists such as Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Drake to feature him on their large-studio songs. When you hear one of his previously-unreleased tracks on XL Recordings head Richard Russell’s Everything Is Recorded radio program, you actually might wonder why you haven’t heard of him sooner. We Are: The Guard presents a soft and understated track perfect for those afternoon blues.
SAMPHA - EVERYTHING IS RECORDED (UNTITLED TRACK)
The smooth, sultry sounds of Sampha populate Russell’s Close But Not Quite EP project. On Russell’s radio show, he debuted some of his untitled, unreleased goodies in preparation for the monumental team-up. One of these tracks is a bonafide soul gem destined for play at the coffee-shop. A simple instrumental with a faint whisper of piano and percussions takes a back-seat to his vocals that sprinkles in some falsetto and emotional-urgency. But there isn’t one point of the song where Sampha pushes it too far. It just seems like a song you can just put on and just decompress the stresses of daily city life.
As a lover of soul and jazz, it hard not to praise Sampha for contributing to the longevity of the genres. Does everyone out there just like electronic, bubblegum pop, and autotuned hip-hop? This is proof that the answer to that question is a resounding, No. There is still a place for soulful vocals for everyone. Russell has done his best to present Great Britain’s finest musical talents to the world. Thank you so much for this one.