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

London singer goes solo with 'Nothing Was the Same' track for new single

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 at Drizzy’s friends and family — basically everyone in the 27-year-old rapper’s life for whom the title Nothing Was the Same rings far too true. The song’s keys and backing vocals come courtesy Sampha, a Londoner known for his previous collaborations with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Lil Silva. Now, the soulful singer has shared his solo rendition of “Too Much,” which will be released as a digital double-A-side single on November 12 via Young Turks.

According to an official announcement, Drake pulled from a demo version of the slow-burning ballad. Sampha’s full, finished product does away with Drizzy’s over-enunciated spitting and backing chipmunk samples. Instead, the spotlight lands squarely on Sampha’s mournful piano and wounded vocals, which share little more than what we’ve already witnessed on Drake’s take: “Don’t think about it too much / There’s no need for us to rush this through / Don’t think about it too much / This is more than just a new lust for you.” 

Hear Sampha star on “Too Much” by hitting the play button above. The single, which also features new song “Happens,” will be out on 7-inch vinyl on January 6. Pre-order that edition through XL Recordings’ online store.

Tags: Drake, Sampha, Songs