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Watch Sampha Transform Drake’s “Controlla” into a Heavenly Serenade on BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’

Sampha‘s never been shy about putting his touch on another artists’s song. We’ve seen him cover Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” as well as Roy Davis Jr.’s Chicago house classic “Gabriel,” both performed with a lone piano accompaniment. Yesterday, the British r&b stunner returned to BBC Radio 1‘s Live Lounge with a string section in tow to deconstruct Drake‘s smash “Controlla” into a heavenly serenade. You can watch that below. It’s not his first run with Canadian pop behemoth’s material, as he was prominently featured on More Life‘s mid-album trap ballad “4422,” and was first summoned to the charts by Drake on his 2013 hit “Too Much.” Sampha’s debut full-length album, Process, is out now. Pick up your copy on iTunes today.

Tour Dates:
Mar 28 @ O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 29-30 Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom
Apr 11 @ El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Apr 13 @ Air Museum – Palm Springs, CA
Apr 14 @ Coachella – Indio, CA
Apr 15-17 @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
Apr 19 @ Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ
Apr 21 @ Coachella – Indio, CA
Apr 23m @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter – Portland, OR
Apr 24 @ WaMu Theater – Seattle, WA
Apr 25 @ UBC – Vancouver, Canada
Apr 28 @ Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN
May 01 @ Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
May 02 @ Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
May 05 @ Express Live! – Columbus, OH
May 06 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
May 08 @ South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
May 09 @ Revention Music Center – Houston, TX
May 10-11 @ Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
May 14 @ Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC
May 16 @ Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
May 17 @ Skyline Stage at the Mann – Philadelphia, PA
May 19-20 @ Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY
May 26 @ The Triffid – Newstead, Australia
May 28-29 @ Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
May 30-31 @ The Croxton – Thornbury, Australia
Jul 05 @ Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
Jul 14 2 Victoria Park – London, United Kingdom


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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