Review: Second time around for Sampha's superb debut album, Process, which first hit stores five years ago. At the time, it was widely lauded by critics, with one describing the sometime SBTRKT, Kanye West and Frank Ocean collaborator's breakthrough set as, "an R&B album fr the ages". It has certainly aged well. Mixing inventive beats, crisp electronics, carefully chosen samples and righteous instrumentation with Sampha's own evocative, poignant, heart-aching and effortlessly soulful vocals, Process sparkles just as much in 2022 as it did back in 2017. In other words, it's a genuinely essential listen.
Review: Producer Lewis Roberts aka Koreless announces his much-anticipated debut album Agor via Young Turks - the place for all of Koreless' music since 2013. Like a vessel piercing through a sea of dance, ambient and neo-classical music, Agor - a Welsh word for 'open' - sees the artist build upon vaporwave, garage and leftfield vocals ("Strangers") by connecting it to an undefinable world of sound design and experimental electronics. Said to be five years in the making, Koreless himself explains Agor as as an attempt to 'build a club rollercoaster that swallows you up and spits you out.' Get the closest thing to functional club tracks in "Black Rainbow", "Shellshock" and the much championed "Joy Squad", with the album overall an abstract journey through a symbiosis of voice and synth.
Review: Released earlier in the year, the original version of Romy's 'Lifetime' is a full-throttle slab of retro-futurist dance-pop that cannily combined elements from Euro-dance, trance, nu-disco and synth-pop. This package of remixes is a bit more of an underground affair, with a slew of hot producers pulling the track in a number of different directions. Jayda G steals the show with her bouncy, percussive, sub-heavy tropical house take, before Planningtorock re-imagines it as a sleazy, arpeggio-driven throb-job that's as druggy as it is rushing. HAAi then makes her mark by framing it as a cross between Orbital's most stunning early moments and contemporary techno, before Anz opts for a glossy, piano-heavy classic house-meets-garage take.