Sampha - Process
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2017 Ratings: #26 / 668
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
Based on 632 ratings
2017 Ratings: #20
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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.

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.

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.

Feb 3, 2017*
I fuckin love this thing!! Really happy Sampha has come through with what I think is a great RnB album, I've always thought he had potential when I heard his features on SBTRKT's albums as well as Solange's, Drake's and Kanye's. In my opinion, the opening song is the best song, I can't fuckin stop playing it, it actually might be my favourite track of 2017 so far. His voice is just so awesome to me, and the guitar driven instrumental on this track is just gorgeous to me. The rest of the album ... read more
Jan 26, 2017
What Shouldn't I Be?, Timmy's Prayer - this is esential on album.

Kora Sings is a son of Peter Gabriel and Bjork
Jan 22, 2017
I think I am a little bias towards this rating because I am such a fan of his voice and have been anticipating this album for a long time now. Records like 'No one Knows me like the piano' or 'blood on me' or' timmy's prayer' is what I was expecting and hoping for. These songs are killer, and the rest of the album is good but doesn't hold a lot of weight. Kora Sings and Under bring weakness to the album imo, however it is really good overall!
Feb 13, 2017
Se tem algo brilhante neste artista, eu não entendo. Sim, ele tem uma baita voz. Grave e bem emotiva, ele entrega muitas boas performances por este disco, sempre muito intensas. Mas musicalmente este disco é de uma mesmisse e pretensão insuportáveis. É uma série de experimentações em arranjos eletrônicos sem a metade da criatividade ou inspiração necessários pra se fazer um disco de R&B Alternativo realmente ... read more
Jan 31, 2017
Started out really promising, but became kind of a huge deja vu. The singing reminds me of Antony, and the production sounds too much like Twigs, and Jamie xx. It's good, but the parts that sound too much like Twigs, can't compete with Twigs. Same rule applies to the parts that sound like James Blake or Jamie xx. It's too much a lukewarm marriage between already-established modern acts like these to make Sampha a standout act.

Favorite Tracks: Plastic 100°C, Take Me Inside, (No One Knows ... read more
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Track List
  1. Plastic 100°C
  2. Blood On Me
  3. Kora Sings
  4. (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
  5. Take Me Inside
  6. Reverse Faults
  7. Under
  8. Timmy's Prayer
  9. Incomplete Kisses
  10. What Shouldn't I Be?
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, CoL1, philthy

Added on: November 3, 2016