After seven years of collaborations—most notably with Drake, Kanye West, and FKA Twigs—Sampha, the London born songwriter, singer, and writer of perfect songs, fully stepped out on his own in February with the release of his debut LP. Process was a deftly-constructed, beautifully-delivered collection of songs that showcased all of the 28-year-old’s remarkable gifts. His collaborative efforts are still being felt, though. He worked on Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Noisey’s second-favorite album of 2016, co-writing and producing four songs. At last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival, he revisited that record for a BBC Radio session with a performance of “Cranes in the Sky.” If you’re anything like Solange, it’ll probably make you cry.
The performance opens with a solo performance of Sampha’s own single, “Blood On Me,” which conveys all of the trepidation and paranoia of the original, even when stripped of the painting drum-lines. But it’s “Cranes in the Sky,” which comes in around the 7:30 mark, that’s really stunning. He draws the piano out in luxurious flourishes and glides between his perfect falsetto and a powerful mid-range vocal. You can listen to it over at the BBC.
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