Sampa The Great – Final Form (Radio Edit)
Number of Tracks:1
From the Album:Final Form (Radio Edit)
Available Date & Time: Sep 10 2019 09:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Sep 16 2019 00:00:00
SAMPA THE GREAT
“Final Form” (Radio Edit)
IMPACTING SEPTEMBER 16
DEBUT ALBUM THE RETURN OUT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 VIA NINJA TUNE
OVER 2.5 MILLION STREAMS FOR “FINAL FORM”
Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album, The Return. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African sounds. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.
Has toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz
Early Praise for “Final Form” from …
“The beat, the bars, the visuals, the spirit – Sampa The Great takes her 'Final Form' on her breathtaking new single … Like her best tracks, 'Final Form' has an empowering effect that makes you feel ferocious, insurmountable; like you could take on the world and win without breaking a sweat. It makes you feel, makes you think, and wanna smash that repeat button. What more could you ask of a piece of music?” – Triple J
“A soulful new banger … On ‘Final Form’ the artist rhymes fiercely over grand production, offering soulful '70s funk vibes and a message of black power.” – Okay Africa
“fierce and feisty” – KCRW
Sampa The Great’s debut album follows the recently released single “Final Form”, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s World Record and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more. It was also the #1 Most Played track on Triple J the week of release, and received love from Ebro Darden (Beats 1 / Hot 97), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Jason Kramer & Anthony Valadez (KCRW), John Richards, Larry Rose & Atticus (KEXP), and more and more.
On The Return Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Many of them are the fruits of the network Sampa has built since first making waves in 2015 – following time spent studying in San Francisco and LA – as a new arrival in Sydney’s hip-hop and jazz freestyle nights. Since then, she’s performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track “Black Balloons’”for Triple J’s Like A Version, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz.
From the beginning, Sampa has made connections with like minded, forward-thinking peers. Her acclaimed 2017 mixtape Birds and the BEE9 – produced with Silentjay, Kwes Darko and Sensible J (Remi) – was lauded by The Observer, who wrote that “categories dissolve around her”; it drew praise from NPR, Okayplayer, Huck, Mixmag, Rolling Stone AUS, Complex, and Noisey, amongst others; and it was supported on the radio by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Annie Mac. It followed her 2015 The Great Mixtape release, as well as notable singles “Blue Boss” and ”HERoes Act 2” with UK singer Estelle, and was followed by 2018’s “Energy”.
Building on her formative works, The Return sees Sampa tackle bigger questions, exploring what it means to feel at home, to feel excluded, and to see someone as an outsider. It stems from the rift Sampa has experienced in the rise of her career, where she’s celebrated as part of a new generation of Australian musicians – with BEE9 winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2017 (she shares nominations with the likes of Tame Impala, Jordan Rakei, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and previous winner Courney Barnett) – while at the same time still being seen as an other. The album artwork features Sampa alongside a Nyau dancer – traditional dancers and figures that are found in villages across parts of Africa. For Sampa, the dancer represents the fear of the unknown which is often projected by the West when it comes to African traditions. She also wanted to rediscover her ancestors’ spirituality: her mother’s side of the family are of the Bantu ethnicity from which the Nyau tradition originates.
The Return is a reference to a physical journey, as well as a spiritual one; Sampa returned to Zambia and Botswana, where she was born and raised, respectively. There, she recorded the videos for both “Final Form” – the triumphant single which sees her embrace the struggle of growing as an artist, and “OMG”. She is also set to release a short film titled Homecoming about her experiences returning home to play her first shows on African soil. Across every aspect of The Return, from the music and the lyrics, to the visuals and the artwork, Sampa The Great returns to the foundations propping up her sense of self and in doing so makes a bold statement about who she is as an artist.
The Return is out on 13th September on Ninja Tune.
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