Sampha Gives Air’s ‘All I Need’ a Solo Piano Soul Makeover

London-based singer and electronic musician Sampha appeared on BBC Radio 1's Piano Sessions series yesterday, performing a jazz-inflected cover of "All I Need," originally by downbeat…
Anna Gaca / June 16, 2016

SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: Brand New, the Faint, and More

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the SPIN staff’s favorite new songs. Below, sample the best from Long Island post-emo legends, dance-punk pioneers, and more.
SPIN Staff / May 20, 2016

Sampha Shares Silky New Single, ‘Timmy’s Prayer’

Sampha is a name we haven't heard from in a while. The electro-soul singer's Dual EP came out in 2013, and he collaborated with big…
Rachel Brodsky / May 17, 2016

Kanye West Debuts ‘Closest Thing to Einstein’ at Los Angeles Live Appearance

During an appearance at Yo Gotti's album release party at Los Angeles venue 1 Oak last night, Kanye West debuted the new track "Closest Thing…
Andrew Unterberger / February 24, 2016

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Blood Orange Share ‘A Kiss Goodbye’ With Emile Haynie

New York super-producer and friend to the stars Emile Haynie has enlisted some pretty big names for a solo single called "A Kiss Goodbye." Sampha,…
Brennan Carley / August 26, 2014

SBTRKT and Sampha Meet Again on Lush ‘Temporary View’

The ever-elusive SBTRKT has shared a new song. "Temporary View" offers a lush pileup of glitchy effects, snapping percussion, pensive keys, thick textures, and —…
Chris Martins / June 6, 2014

Sampha: South London Singer and Drake Co-Conspirator Proves He’s More Than Just a Silky Voice

Who: Sampha Sisay, a British singer and producer born and raised in Morden, a bedroom community outside South London. You may know him mainly as…
Philip Sherburne / November 26, 2013

Watch Sampha’s Intimate, Mournful ‘Happens’ Video

Sampha recently teased his new double-A-side single by sharing a solo version of "Too Much," a tender ballad that supplies the hook to Drake's penultimate…
Kyle McGovern / November 12, 2013

Stream Sampha’s Brooding, Drake-Less Version of ‘Too Much’

Drake's "Too Much" stands as one of the finest tracks on the Toronto MC's third album. It's a piano-lined "let's clear the air" confessional aimed…
Kyle McGovern / November 6, 2013

Hear Lil Silva and Sampha’s Smooth ‘Salient Sarah’

U.K. producer Lil Silva furthers a downtempo approach on forthcoming EP The Distance. After recently releasing the relatively minimalist "No Doubt," featuring Rosie Gray, Silva…
Dan Reilly / August 2, 2013

Drake Pal Sampha Performs ‘Indecision’ in Brother’s Childhood Bedroom

British vocalist Sampha is having a big summer: first he featured on Drake's most recent single "The Motion," and today his new EP Dual was released…
Jordan Sargent / July 30, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: Drake the Tastemaker Scoops Up Sampha

Drake, feat. Sampha "The Motion"So, Drake is just a troll, right? He knows what he's doing. Part of his endgame, it seems, is to make…
Brandon Soderberg / June 27, 2013

Control Voltage’s Friday Five: Confused House, Caustic Bass, and Secret Circuitry

So, apparently, a bunch of EDM industry bigwigs have founded something they're calling the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), which they announced at MIDEM this…
Philip Sherburne / February 1, 2013