Let’s All Cry to Sampha Covering Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky”

The BBC Radio session from last week's Glastonbury has the London-born artist returning to 'A Seat at the Table,' which he contributed to last year.

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Jul 3 2017, 8:32am

Photo by Matt Seger

This article originally appeared on Noisey US.

After seven years of collaborations – most notably with Drake, Kanye West, and FKA Twigs – Sampha, the London born songwriter, singer, and writer of perfect songs, fully stepped out on his own in February with the release of his debut LP. Process was a deftly-constructed, beautifully-delivered collection of songs that showcased all of the 28-year-old's remarkable gifts. His collaborative efforts are still being felt, though. He worked on Solange's A Seat at the Table, Noisey's second-favourite album of 2016, co-writing and producing four songs. At last weekend's Glastonbury Festival, he revisited that record for a BBC Radio session with a performance of "Cranes in the Sky." If you're anything like Solange, it'll probably make you cry.

The performance opens with a solo performance of Sampha's own single, "Blood On Me," which conveys all of the trepidation and paranoia of the original, even when stripped of the painting drum-lines. But it's "Cranes in the Sky," which comes in around the 7:30 mark, that's really stunning. He draws the piano out in luxurious flourishes and glides between his perfect falsetto and a powerful mid-range vocal. You can listen to it over at the BBC.

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