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Lahai

Sampha

2023

Lahai
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Lahai is the second studio album by English musician Sampha, released on 20 October 2023 through Young, marking his first release in over six years. The album is named after Sampha's paternal grandfather. The album features contributions from Yaeji, Léa Sen, Sheila Maurice Grey, Ibeyi, Morgan Simpson, Yussef Dayes, Laura Groves and Kwake Bass. Lahai was released to widespread critical acclaim. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 21 on the UK Albums chart and number 1 on the UK R&B Albums chart. Following the critical success of his debut, Process, which explored themes of loss, Lahai marks a shift to a more optimistic space inspired by fatherhood. Raised in a family with Sierra Leonean roots, Sampha's musical influences range from Todd Edwards to Groove Armada. In describing his creative process, he speaks of drawing out "the general idea [he's] angling at" and "circling back to add color and texture." 2017's Process showcased a global sound palette, blending grime, African folk, jazz, and R&B. In Lahai, Sampha refines this fusion, seamlessly merging live soul music with synthesizers and drum machines. He explains, "I wanted to create a space that felt free, to try stuff out without the expectations of a huge headline show." Upon release, Lahai received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to mainstream critic reviews, the album received a score of 87 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave the album an 8.6 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus. The Guardian's Alexis Petridis named it his album of the week and called it "jittery with anxiety and indecision, yet poised and luscious".

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Rating

2.74

Votes

58

Genres

  • Soul
  • Electronica
  • Funk

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Sat Mar 30 2024
1

Imo, we already had enough records like this one in the original list. They sound all the same to me

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

9/10. This was super cool, would switch between several different sounds and styles so suddenly, with instruments coming in and out, switching from singing, to spoken word, and then speeding that up into rap… and it all fit together.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

I liked this a lot, an artist I'd probably never have heard of outside this. Interesting lyrics, some unusual and subtle stuff going on with the music. Admittedly pretty arty, but we'll executes art and attracting a lot of talent. To me it was perhaps mellow and low-key to a fault, and could some faster paced intervals of funk or jazz or something elements.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
4

A great addition, although it is a little same and is a little new to guarantee staying power

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Sat May 18 2024
4

Very good. Beautifully and soulfully sung with the bonus of interesting experimental dance music. “Experimental” always works well when there are solid songs sung attractively so that the production doesn’t become the overriding factor. Deserves the awards.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

This album feels like it's building up towards something that never quite pays off.

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Sat Mar 30 2024
3

This was fine and I think really is ideal for when you want music *on* but don't want to actually *listen* to it.

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Sun Apr 14 2024
3

Although this is normaly not the kinda music I would listen to, this was quite enjoyable.

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Sun May 05 2024
3

It's a strange one because this really isn't my type of music but he's got such a nice tone to his voice. I'd normally give 1 star for this sort of music but it's actually a lot better than I expected.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
2

Lahai sounds real nice. Somehow each and every part sits far back in the mix; Owen Pallett's name in the credits was the biggest thrill he supplied. Where the record sits between influences is clear-ish, the case young and less so.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
2

At the first song, I thought I would want to turn off the music very quick. But the second song I liked more. After that the album went a bit boring and much of the same

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Sun Apr 21 2024
2

I tried, but I just can't get into this. 2 stars.

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Thu May 16 2024
2

Didn't really click, felt generic

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Tue Apr 16 2024
1

This album seamlessly blended 4 or 5 distinct musical genres into something I struggled to stay awake for. 1 point for referencing Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, but then 1 point taken away for making it really, really boring. Otherwise... it's like the wikipedia critics listened to a completely different album. Going by critical opinion alone, this should be 2023's answer to <big 1970s album>. Didn't anyone (other than me) listen to this and just feel completely underwhelmed? bored? impatient? 1/5.

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Sun Apr 21 2024
1

Not sure what it is but every one of this guy's vocals sounds whiny and pleading. Couple that with some mostly generic ambient music in the background, and this was an absolute struggle of a listen. Also, this came out a little over 6 months ago – maybe allow critical reception to cool first before adding it to a list of all-time albums? Just a thought.

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