Sampha – If Only A Friend

Some of you might recognise singer and producer Sampha from his extensive work with masked producer SBTRKT; but if not, now is a great time to introduce yourself to his work.

Premiered during UK label Young Turks’ takeover of FBi Radio, here is the live version of the track “If Only A Friend”, which is yet to see the light of day as a studio recording. Stripped back to just a keyboard and vocals, this guy’s talent is plain to see. His rich and soulful voice can breathe life into any piece of music, and this particular track is certainly no different. The raw emotion can be felt quite plainly here – and his technical aptitude can be heard, accompanying himself with a rather complex backing arrangement. This guy is unreal.

Take a listen to “If Only A Friend” below, and catch the whole show HERE, including an interview with the man himself. Also, be sure to go and download his Sundanza EP HERE, if you like what you hear.

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