Boomkat Product Review:
For the first time in over three years, the quietly endearing UK soul singer and keyboardist, Sampha, heads up a solo release. It's a good 'un, too, entirely written, produced and mixed by the man to perfectly exhibit his delicate and tender tastes away from the dancefloor dedicated beats of SBTRKT. Across its six songs, the vocals are the undoubted main attraction but his production is nearly as impressive, from the dusty practice room introduction of 'Demons', thru the cotton-padded bump and convective electronics propping his drifting R&B coos and heart-grabbing keys on 'Beneath The Tree' or the rippling rhythmelodic cadence of 'Without'. By the two part 'Hesitant Oath' and 'Indecision' he's got us with that blend of modest, sincerely heartfelt songcraft and canny mixing presenting the vocal at its naked and vulnerable best, supported only by his keys and a barely-there patina of electronics sharing much in common with the mellifluous soul of How To Do Dress Well, a fact best evidenced in the cascading chorales of sublime closer, 'Can't Get Close'.