Sampha Breaks His 6-Year Hiatus With ‘Spirit 2.0’

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It’s been a long six years since we’ve gotten new material from British multi-hyphenate Sampha. Not that he’s been absent from the scene, as he’s racked up features with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to SBTRKT and Stormzy. Still, there’s nothing like solo Sampha, and he delivers with his latest track “Spirit 2.0.”

“Spirit 2.0” is based upon a frenetic synth line that buzzes around the intricate drum pattern throughout the song while he weaves backing harmonies around it. But, of course, with this being Sampha, the biggest part here are his thoughtful lyrics.

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He sings of a relationship and the ebbs and flows it undertakes, though he does it in his own poetic way that leaves room for interpretation. It all leads to the chorus, on which he sings, “Waves will catch you, light will catch you / Love will catch you, spirit gon’ catch you, yeah / Faith will catch you, friends will catch you / Time will catch you, flash will catch you.”

“It’s about acknowledging those moments when you need help — that requires real strength. I hope people can enjoy that feeling of someone being there for you, even if that person doesn’t have the answers,” Sampha said of the song in a press release. “Just calling someone up without overthinking… letting go and just dancing... wanting to see past the mundanity of things and appreciating the magic of it all, from birds nests to spaceships.”

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This new single, Sampha’s first since his 2017 album Process, might be indicative of the direction his sound will be taking. If so, we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for us as the rest of the year unfolds. Listen to “Spirit 2.0” below and stick around to watch its blue-tinted visualizer.

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