Sampha’s casual yet profound approach shines through effortlessly on ‘LAHAI’

Dreaming with eyes wide open: Sampha may well have released one of the best albums of the year.

Listening to Sampha’s  latest album release ‘LAHAI‘ is like sharing a touching moment with a friend that you didn’t know you needed, till you had it.

And not just any friend, we are talking the intelligent, creative genius kind, and it’s in this way that Sampha’s latest work envelops around you.

‘LAHAI’ is a genre-defying marvel, effortlessly traversing jazz, soul, rap, subtle industrial tones with a touch of computer glitch wizardry,  at least the first track anyway.

Sampha walks through life with sympathetic, and awakened eyes, and the melody follows suit, moving through fleeting moments in life. Jumping from one pocket of space to the next, past trees, and mother nature.

Track 2, ‘Spirit 2.0’ that takes us on a contemplative journey, asking all the right questions, while reassuring us that it’s okay to dream with our eyes wide open. It’s dreamy, it’s alive, and it’s a stroke of pure brilliance. 

By track 3, Sampha will have already swept you off your feet, and won you over wholly.

Sampha’s sophomore release, ‘LAHAI’, is a testament to his artistic evolution, drawing inspiration from his paternal lineage. 

The album, boasting 14 tracks, is a collaborative masterpiece, featuring talents like Yaeji, Léa Sen, and more. 

Unlike his previous work, ‘Process’, ‘LAHAI’ delves into the profound connections that bind us as humans. In the latest single ‘Only’, Sampha’s reinvigorated energy shines, melding melodious verses with a hip-hop-infused beat.

After a five-year hiatus, Sampha’s return to the stage with the Satellite Business residencies in London and New York left audiences spellbound. 

The innovative setup, placing Sampha and his band at the heart of the room, allowed for an intimate encounter with his unreleased creations and reimagined classics.

 Sampha’s production and vocal chops soar to new heights, a testament to his versatile talents

‘LAHAI’ isn’t just an album; it’s a celebration of the human experience, embracing life’s highs and lows. 

This is Sampha’s next musical chapter, and it’s a journey worth embarking on.