At the beginning of February, British musician Sampha released his debut album, Process. Most people would probably recognize Sampha’s voice from his features on Drake’s “The Motion” and “Too Much,” or from SBTRKT’s “Hold On” and “Never Never.” His talent has also been noticed by a number of other great artists like Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Solange. Needless to say, this guy’s got talent.
Process will probably go down as one of my favorite albums of all time. I’ve listened to it at least three times a week for the last month and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I love the way his raw, soulful vocals contrast against the trancelike, electronic instrumentals. He creates something that is both real and surreal at the same time. My only wish is that I was listening to it on vinyl. Also be sure to check out his NPR special, “Tiny Desk Concert.”
Since graduating college in December, I’ve been busy traveling, moving and trying to find a job. I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to finding new music this winter, but still would love to share some of my favorite finds over the last three months:
One of my favorite Soundcloud discoveries this year is ye. (pronounced “yeah”). I first found his song “iwantuu” over summer and smashhheddd that download link. The drop is similar to Sam Gellaitry’s “Long Distance,” but it goes way harder. It uploaded to iTunes with no artist listed, so I had no idea who the genius behind the beat was until I came across another one of his songs a little later. I checked out his profile and was completely sold—homie has some epic sounds. Check out some of my favorites below, but definitely go check out ye.’s Soundcloud and show him some love.
My freshman year of college, I discovered one of Chicago’s many hidden treasures: Kids These Days. The band is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, mixing a sultry blend of rock, rap, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Their musical talent and capabilities are so apparent in their sound that you know it’s the kind of band you have to see live. Unfortunately, their prodigy was short-lived. After four years and one album, the group split up in 2013.