Process (Sampha album)

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Process
Process - Sampha album.jpg
Studio album by Sampha
Released 3 February 2017 (2017-02-03)
Recorded 2014–16
Studio
Genre
Length 40:17
Label Young Turks
Producer
Sampha chronology
Dual
(2013)Dual2013
Process
(2017)
Singles from Process
  1. "Timmy's Prayer"
    Released: 17 May 2016 (2016-05-17)
  2. "Blood on Me"
    Released: 26 August 2016 (2016-08-26)
  3. "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano"
    Released: 12 January 2017 (2017-01-12)

Process is the debut studio album by British musician Sampha, released on 3 February 2017 by Young Turks.[1] It was co-produced by Sampha and Scottish music producer Rodaidh McDonald and won the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize.[2]

Recording[edit]

As compared to Sampha's characteristic bedroom recording style, Process was recorded in professional recording studios, the album was primarily recorded in studios across Sampha's native city of London, although it was also partially recorded at Ocean Sound Recordings on the Norwegian island Giske.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

"Timmy's Prayer" was released on 17 May 2016 as a single.[4] The album's title was revealed alongside the release of "Blood on Me" on 26 August 2016 as Process' lead single,[5] the video for the song was released on 16 September 2016 and was directed by Alex Lill.[6] Sampha performed the song in his network television debut as a solo artist on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 1 September 2016.[7] The album's track listing, artwork, and release date were revealed on 3 November 2016 with the announcement of a 2017 tour.[8] "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" was released as the album's third single on 12 January 2017.[9] Sampha performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the following day on 13 January 2017.[10] A video for "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" directed by Jamie-James Medina was released on 31 January 2017 in standard format and in virtual reality.[11]

In a cover story with The Fader in June 2016, Sampha premiered "Plastic 100°C" in a solo piano performance on the rooftop of Young Turks' London office.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 8.1/10[16]
Metacritic 86/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[13]
The A.V. Club A−[14]
Entertainment Weekly B+[17]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[18]
The Independent 4/5 stars[19]
Mojo 4/5 stars[20]
NME 4/5 stars[21]
The Observer 4/5 stars[22]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[23]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[24]

Process received widespread acclaim from music critics. On Metacritic, the album holds an average critic score of 86, based on 27 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[15] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian wrote, "Sisay shows off a genuinely individualistic approach to arrangement. The panic of "Plastic 100°C" floats along on a gentle wave of what sounds like harp or maybe koto. "Kora Sings" features a thrilling patchwork of scampering percussion, electronic noise and field recordings of rain and children speaking. The samples on "Reverse Faults" are melded into an insistent, slightly groggy pulse that's both compelling and unsettling. Nothing feels in thrall to current trends in R&B, either sonically or emotionally: Sisay may have been a constant, quiet presence on other people's records last year, but Process doesn't sound much like any of them. Instead, it's a weighty, powerful album with an identity entirely of its own. And while clearly not constructed with commercial ambition at the forefront of its mind, it's certainly good enough to make an unlikely star of the man behind it."[18]

In NME, Jonny Ensall described the album as a "finely crafted and devastating take on the loss of his mother to cancer, as well as his inner turmoil at how success has dragged him away from his roots."[21] Entertainment Weekly critic Eric Renner Brown said, "Sampha executes a sonically adventurous vision that's entirely his own and builds on his enormous potential."[17] Marcus J. Moore from Pitchfork said that "it's a remarkable, meditative work, as he processes grief and navigates self-discovery."[23] Clayton Purdom from The A.V. Club wrote: "Process is an exercise in finding beauty in even the tragedy of a parent's death, a record of singular probity and hard-earned optimism. It's the best R&B debut since FKA Twigs' LP1."[14] Alexander Smail from The Skinny gave the album a perfect score, stating: "Process is an exercise in catharsis, a deep breath in that lays Sampha's soul bare through gorgeous vignettes of his life, he worries, he regrets, he aches. He's human."[25]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Rough Trade Albums of the Year
2017
12

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sampha Sisay, except for "Timmy's Prayer", written by Sisay and Kanye West.

No. Title Length
1. "Plastic 100°C" 5:16
2. "Blood on Me" 4:06
3. "Kora Sings" 4:17
4. "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" 3:38
5. "Take Me Inside" 2:18
6. "Reverse Faults" 4:13
7. "Under" 4:41
8. "Timmy's Prayer" 4:23
9. "Incomplete Kisses" 3:53
10. "What Shouldn't I Be?" 3:32
Total length: 40:17

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Process album liner notes.[27]


Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 168
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 35
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[32] 38
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 106
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34] 46
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 98
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[36] 155
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 40
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[38] 44
Scottish Albums (OCC)[39] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[41] 7
US Billboard 200[42] 51
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[43] 21

References[edit]

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