Review: Having previously worked with SBTRKT, Kanye West, Drake, Jesse Ware and Frank Ocean, amongst others, Sampha is no newcomer. This, though, is the British singer, songwriter and producer's debut album, and it's something of an understated gem. One particularly enthusiastic reviewer called it "an R&B album for the ages"; while that may be pushing it a bit, there's no denying that Process is an impressive collection of tracks. The beats are inventive, the electronics crisp, the samples carefully chosen, and the musical touches pitched just right. At the centre of it all stands Sampha, delivering thoughtful, heartfelt and sometimes poignant lyrics in his wonderfully evocative voice.
Review: Australian-Swedish 'sister-act' as they have become known, Say Lou Lou, deliver their second album following 2015's debut, Lucid Dreaming. Like that album, neon-lit '80s pop revivalism remains, with touches of Madonna and Kylie references abound. Just listen to those lyrics in "Limbo" and "Golden Child". Rock and disco squeeze their way into the album too as do classical strains of violas (again on "Limbo") on an album that dips and dives through a rainbow of melancholia and dramatisation.