Sampha - Process
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Based on 37 reviews
2017 Ratings: #54 / 910
Year End Rank: #7
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2017 Ratings: #41
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The Skinny

Process is an exercise in catharsis, a deep breath in that lays Sampha’s soul bare through gorgeous vignettes of his life. He worries, he regrets, he aches. He’s human.

A.V. Club

Process is an exercise in finding beauty in even the tragedy of a parent’s death, a record of singular probity and hard-earned optimism. It’s the best R&B debut since FKA Twigs’ LP1.

Pretty Much Amazing

Somber, but not necessarily sad, Process maps Sissay’s emotional journey by confronting his feelings head-on; like the seven stages of grief, each emotion is unpacked and experienced through stirring cries, clever meshing of classical and electronic instruments, and a personified piano.

The Line of Best Fit

Process is an album built to take your breath away. From start to finish, it’s a display of Sampha’s mastery as a lyricist, a singer and a musician.

Drowned in Sound

There is no doubt listening to Process that Sampha is dealing with a lot. But he is far from defeated – on the contrary, this record appears to be an invaluable opportunity for him to heal.


Process was a long time coming, but the wait has resulted in one of the most assured debut albums in recent memory. Even if it should take Sampha another six years to follow it up, the wait, I expect, will be worth it.

In a way, this all makes the previous output seem merely preliminary.
The 405

Facing the pressure of collective expectations, genuinely buckling from 6 years of anticipation, it manages to both deliver on, and gracefully dodge, them all.

Fans of pop, soul, R&B, and electronic will all be able to take something thought-provoking and memorable away from this transcendent debut album.

It’s a remarkable, meditative work, as he processes grief and navigates self-discovery.

Entertainment Weekly

The 28-year-old has earned accolades working as a writer and featured guest with top-tier talent including Beyoncé, Drake, and Frank Ocean, but over Process‘ 10 songs, Sampha executes a sonically adventurous vision that’s entirely his own and builds on his enormous potential.

Loud and Quiet
Shorn of flab and clocking in at that magic ten-track, 40-minute mark, ‘Process’ is a triumph not only of feeling and melody, but also of patience and efficiency.
‘Process’ might not be as bold or as inventive or as life-changing as some of the other records Sampha’s had a hand in during his career, but it does have a quiet, dignified impact that suits its maker. He hasn’t stepped out of his shadowy, background world; instead, he’s invited us to join him there.
The Guardian
It’s a weighty, powerful album with an identity entirely of its own. And while clearly not constructed with commercial ambition at the forefront of its mind, it’s certainly good enough to make an unlikely star of the man behind it.
Rolling Stone
He's hook man to pop's most advanced megastars – see Solange's "Don't Touch My Hair," Kanye West's "Saint Pablo," Frank Ocean's "Alabama," Drake's "Too Much" – but his debut LP proves him their peer.

Despite Sampha’s longstanding prevalence in the music world, the intensely personal nature of Process demands a renewed relationship to his work, one that appreciates the power of distance yet marvels at connection.


A debut bursting with ideas, broad in scope, and vivid in its storytelling.

Crack Magazine

Process swells with the impassioned, melodic expressions of South London’s Sampha Sisay.


Sampha’s solo debut sits somewhere between the ghostly avant-soul of Frank Ocean and James Blake’s emotionally wrought electronica.


With ‘Process’, Sampha lays bare his soul through warm, tinted vignettes that are achingly humane.

The Independent

Vulnerability is the current stock-in-trade of neo-soul, but rarely has it been indulged quite as imaginatively as on Sampha’s Process.

No Ripcord

With his debut LP Process, Sisay has finally given an insight to the man behind the anonymity, and it’s a stunning insight at that.

The Telegraph

There is so much going on, it proves a hard album to fully get to grips with, a shifting tableau of songs and sounds with only that mesmeric voice to hang on to. But when it gets under your skin, it proves immensely difficult to dislodge.

The Needle Drop

Sampha's debut album was worth the wait.

FLOOD Magazine

Every word and every sound across Process feel like they’re chosen with precision by a man whose craft is assured, who didn’t get into this business out of hunger for the spotlight, but whose talents are too big for him to avoid it.

The Young Folks
A promising debut that whispers of greater talent to come.
The Observer
If Sampha’s process sounds like one big downer, it isn’t. Every listen throws up some new, previously unnoticed innovation.
Consequence of Sound

If Process was flawless, Sampha’s voice would leave listeners teary, and in a time as somber as now, these uplifting numbers remind us to take a break, immerse ourselves in a rush, and focus on the positive — a welcome path to wander down.

Northern Transmissions

Sampha and McDonald maneuver through a mix of naked arrangements and more electro-spiked moments on Process without getting too showy. It makes for a smooth and subtly rewarding listen, but this may also be Process’ pitfall, the record rarely ready to bask in the sun, as it were.


All ten tracks of Process paint a picture with Sampha’s thoughts, experiences and talent dead centre, in isolation.


It’s a comforting record, but one you wish was a little more abrupt in places. Even so, it’s a hugely graceful collection played out with dignity.

Spectrum Culture

Flawed though it is, Process is an astonishing debut that reveals things about the artist no one would have expected.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sisay delivers an intimate, often unguarded debut.
Under The Radar

Expectations for Sampha's first full-length album proper have been sky high. Previous collaborative efforts have in fact been nigh-on flawless, so much so that it's hard to imagine one of modern soul music's most talented voices featuring on anything less than above average. It's unfortunate then that Process, bar some stand-out moments, proves to be somewhat underwhelming.


DAY 17
[Genre(s): Alternative R&B]

London-based artist Sampha released his debut album 'Process' in February of 2017. Known for lending his talents to artist like Drake on 'More Life', SBTRKT on his self-titled and many more artists from his home-country and across the world. Although, I found him through a video on 88rising where Lil Yachty and Joji discuss what they were listening to, but I wasn't really interested at the time. So when I recently ... read more


I would love to write a million words to describe this phenomenal body of work, but the only ones that can ever escape my lips are, ‘transcendent’.


This incredible LP is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard. Its 10 tracks long so there is no room for filler and his voice is amazing. Its full of pain but also confidence. The production is also a standout feature here; Its psychedelic at times and it really brings the best out of his voice. The intro track "Plastic 100°C" is dark and atmospheric. Its also the longest track here but you don't even notice because its such an experience. "Blood On Me" has my ... read more


Favorite Tracks : Blood On Me, Kora Sings, (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano, Reverse Faults, Under, Timmy's Prayer, Incomplete Kisses

Least Favorite Track : What Shouldn’t I Be


8/10. Fav Tracks: Plastic 100ºC; (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano; Reverse Faults; Timmy's Prayer


This stuff is fine. Best song is (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano.

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Added on: November 3, 2016