Sampha Recap By SassyBlack [Recap]
Photo of Sampha taken by Texas Isaiah for Okayplayer.
Photo of Sampha taken by Texas Isaiah for Okayplayer.

Hear Sampha Duet with Curtis Mayfield on "Close But Not Quite"

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Photo of Sampha taken by Texas Isaiah for Okayplayer.

A cross-generational soul suite

Ahead of the European leg of a world tour, Sampha returned a few weeks back on a selection from a long-postponed compilation from XL Recordings head, Richard Russell's Close But Not Quite. Please excuse the late pass, but the title track, on which the UK singer is featured, is a proper and particularly soulful concoction that warps between the canon's past, present and future with a hauntingly good Curtis Mayfield sample ("The Makings Of You") that tenderly and effectively places the legend in 2017 with all the grace and sweetness of his 1970 ballad.

Hear Sampha and Curtis Mayfield duet on "Close But Not Quite" in this week's installment of The Round-Up. Hit the links below to subscribe to our Spotify channel and cop the compilation on iTunes today.


Tour Dates:

Jun 08 @ Nos Primavera Sound - Porto, Portugal

Jun 10 @ Parklife - Manchester, United Kingdom

Jun 21 @ Glastonbury Festival - Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom

Jun 29 @ Manchester International Festival - Manchester, United Kingdom

Jul 05 @ Albert Hall - Manchester, United Kingdom

Jul 07 @ North Sea Jazz Festial - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jul 08 @ Montreux Jazz Festival - Montreux, Switzerland

Jul 09 @ THEATRE DE LA MER - Sète, France

Jul 11 @ Auditorium Stravinski - Montreux, Switzerland

Jul 14 @ Victoria Park - London, United Kingdom

Jul 16 @ Skogum - Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Jul 25 @ Singapore Indoor Festival - Singapore, Singapore

Jul 28 @ Fuji Rock - Niigata, Japan

Aug 02 @ Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL

Aug 04 @ Osheaga - Montreal, Canada

Aug 06 @ Grant Park - Chicago, IL

Aug 08 @ Oya Festival - Oslo, Norway

Aug 11 @ Way Out West - Gothenburg, Sweden

Aug 12 @ Flow Festival - Helsinki, Finland

Aug 18 @ Lowlands Festival - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Aug 19 @ Pukkelpop 2017 - Hasselt, Belgium

Aug 26 @ Afropunk - Brooklyn, NY