For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: A detail-anchored, cyborg scatterbrain sliced open by soulful compassion.
FOR FANS OF: James Blake, Ngaiire, Dan Bodan
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: From the age of 12, Sampha Sisay was creating "ambient and jazzy" beats, before meeting his mentor, fellow South-Londoner SBTRKT, and featuring prominently on the mysterious producer's self-titled 2011 debut. While working on his 2014 EP Dual, Sampha also spent studio time with heavyhitters Drake, Beyoncé and Solange, but for the past two years has fought against his urges ("I'm a collaborative person by nature") to focus the majority of his attention on his debut LP, Process, due February 3rd.
HE SAYS: Decamping to "the middle of nowhere" – Giske, an island off the coast of Norway – to record portions of Process, Sampha says these formative sessions outside of his usual habitat was needed "because I had a lot going on in my life at the time" – a reference to his mother who, following a long battle with cancer, passed away midway through the recording of the album.
"It was all quite cathartic," the 27-year-old says. "Part of the reason I called the album Process was because it was me processing what I was going through. It was important that I had that avenue and I had that space to do that in. It was like a documentation really of that time."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Process' lead single, "Blood On Me", amplifies his skittish electro minimalism to an anthemic level.