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Dec 23, 2023

Here we go again, racing to December’s finish line, eager to put another chaotic year in the rearview and nervous about what the next 12 months have in store for us. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Marika Hackman; Slaughter Beach, Dog; CMAT; Olivia Rodrigo; and More

Plus The Joy Formidable, John Raymond and S. Carey, Metric, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 08, 2023

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2023. Despite it being a short week due to Labor Day, there were plenty of new tracks to choose from. Some of our writers voted and we ended up with a Top 13. More

Sep 06, 2023

London singer/songwriter and producer Sampha has officially announced a new album, LAHAI, and shared a new song from it, “Only,” via a music video. He’s also announced some tour dates. More

14 Best Songs of the Week: Blonde Redhead, S. Carey & John Raymond, Ratboys, Sampha, and More

Plus Lael Neale, Blur, The Last Dinner Party, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 30, 2023

Welcome to the 23rd Songs of the Week of 2023. This week our writers and editors Andy Von Pip, Caleb Campbell, Celine Teo-Blockey, Mark Moody, and Scott Dransfield all weighed in which songs were best and we came up with the stacked list below. We settled on a Top 14 this week, with lots of honorable mentions. More

Jun 29, 2023

London singer/songwriter and producer Sampha has returned with his first new solo song in six years, “Spirit 2.0.” More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Squid, Baio, Bernice, serpentwithfeet, and More

Plus Madeline Kenney, Ohtis, Tune-Yards, Arlo Parks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 29, 2021

Welcome to the third Songs of the Week of 2021. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week. Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inauguration, it was a week light on compelling new tracks. So this week we chronicle the best songs of the last two weeks, so it’s a Top 12 (and our Top 2 are both super long songs). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Parcels, Run the Jewels, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, John Grant, and More

Plus Little Dragon, Sampha, Thom Yorke, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 12, 2018

While it was a very healthy week for new album releases, so much so that we had eight runner-ups for this week’s Album of the Week, it was more of a challenge to find 10 new songs we felt worthy of this week’s Songs of the Week list. More

Sampha Shares New Song “Treasure”

Beautiful Boy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Out Now via Warner Bros. Records

Oct 12, 2018

British singer Sampha Sisay (or just Sampha) has shared a new song, “Treasure.” It is taken from the soundtrack to Beautiful Boy, a new film that’s out today in New York and Los Angeles via Amazon Studios and expanding into other cities in the coming weeks. More

Under the Radar’s Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017

Our Favorite First Full-Lengths From the Last Year

Dec 31, 2017

The majority of 2017’s best debut albums came from female artists or bands fronted by women, from London-based all-female indie-pop teenaged trio Girl Ray and Syria-born singer/songwriter Bedouine (aka Azniv Korkejian) to Australian indie rocker Alex Lahey and New Zealand bedroom pop artist Fazerdaze (aka Amelia Murray). Midnight Sister, Priests, and Charly Bliss are all female-fronted bands as well, on top of other women solo artists on our Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017 list. More

Sampha Wins the Mercury Prize (Plus Watch alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, and More Perform)

Process Also Beat Albums by The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, and More

Sep 14, 2017

British singer Sampha Sisay (or just Sampha) was previously best known for his vocal and production contributions to the likes of SBTRKT (where many listeners likely first discovered him), Kanye West, Drake, and Solange. But back in February he finally released Process, his debut solo album, via Young Turks. More

Mercury Prize 2017 Nominees Announced - alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, and More

Ed Sheeran, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, and Others Also Nominated

Jul 27, 2017

This year’s Mercury Prize nominees have been announced and they include the latest albums by alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, and… Ed Sheeran. The last one seems like bit of a mainstream choice for The Mercury Prize. The full list is below. More

Feb 03, 2017

Here we highlight five albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing. There’s also a longer list of albums released in the last month that are also worth checking out. We have also included Amazon links for each album. More

Solange Knowles Announces New Album for Release This Friday, Features Blood Orange

A Seat At the Table Due Out This Friday via Saint Records/Columbia

Sep 27, 2016

Solange Knowles has announced a new album, A Seat At the Table, that’s due out this Friday, September 30, via Saint Records and Columbia. More

Listen: SBTRKT Plays BBC Radio 1 With Warpaint, Sampha and Ezra Koenig

Wonder When We Land is out Sept 23 on Young Turks

Aug 21, 2014

SBTRKT recently stopped by Zane Lowe’s show on BBC 1. More

Listen: SBTRKT – “r u n a w a y”

Featuring Jessie Ware and Sampha

Jan 02, 2014

First aired at the Young Turks New Year’s Eve blowout in Tulum, Mexico, “r u n a w a y” is a new/old song by SBTRKT. More




Reviews

Oct 20, 2023

It’s been over six years since Sampha dropped Process, the Mercury Prize-winning breakout that placed the London-based singer/songwriter at the center of the British indie music scene. Process was an exploration of Sampha’s mortality, engulfed by grief and loss of his mother, and driven by a somber blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation—all earmarked by his soulful, rich voice. More