sampha just dropped his first track in years

Having featured on Kanye’s 'Saint Pablo,' we have a strong feeling that this is the start of something beautiful as Sampha shares 'Timmy's Prayer.'

by Francesca Dunn
16 May 2016, 11:36pm

Back in the summer of 2013, Sampha released his Dual EP and taught listeners what it really was to feel. When you have a voice that touches even the coldest heart, people are going to want you on their record, and so the Londoner has has spent the past few years featuring on the best people's best tracks: Drake's Too Much wouldn't have been the same without Sampha's croons and, well, Kanye's Saint Pablo is all about that hook. All the while, fans have been waiting on new material from the man himself. NEWSFLASH: They don't have to wait any longer! 

"Hello. It's been a while." Sampha tweeted on Monday evening. "I've had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all do, and it's hard to articulate sometimes. I wanted to say thank you to all the people who've shown me so much love and support. I'm looking forward to sharing my music with you again" 

Fast forward to midnight and he just shared what is quite possibly the first track from his long-awaited debut album, due for release on Young Turks. Timmy's Prayer is a beautiful song of love and loss, a common theme in his work. "I've lost another one," he sings before admitting that he fucked up and is unsure what to do, which way to go. Having lost his dad at just nine years old, it seems that there has been further heartache as his lyrics go on to reference heaven and his heart ballooning in his chest. The track is without a doubt a beautiful one, with more production than his past piano-led tunes and while there is of course a sadness, the song feels hopeful.

"I hope people find a sense of comfort, or freedom, in my music." he told us when we spoke to him about the record last year. "I hope that it sparks something imaginative or that it gives them the confidence to sing. If anyone connects to it, that's great because it's the most insular world and I don't know how anyone's really feeling. No one can feel the lump in my throat, apart from me -- but I can sing about it."

Read our full interview with Sampha on love, loss and death here.

Sampha's debut album is forthcoming on Yung 

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