07.09.2023, Words by Billy Ward

'Only': Sampha reveals new single and visual from forthcoming album

The singer appears newly energised as his first album in five years edges closer...

After announcing his first album in 5 years, 'Lahai', at the end of last month, Sampha returns with a brand single and music video lifted from the highly-anticipated project.  

Following the recent 'Spirit 2.0' release, the Mercury Prize-winner collaborated with Dexter Navy to direct the new music video for fresh track, titled 'Only'. During the visual, we meet a newly energised Sampha who spits melodically over a fragmented hip-hop hued beat with co-production from El Guincho.

Fans began to expect news of a follow up to 2017's 'Process' album back in June, when the artist shared a video captioned "Messages… Signals….," which stitched together photos and footage of himself and collaborators at work in the studio.

Explaining the meaning behind the name of the upcoming record in a new post on social media, Sampha wrote: "My grandfather’s name. My middle name. My next musical chapter. My next album. Fever Dreams. Continuums. Dancing. Generations. Syncopation. Bridges. Grief. Motherlands. Love. Spirit. Fear. Flesh. Flight."

Watch the music video for 'Only' above or stream the single here

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