Sampha – Too Much

Sampha, who’s previously worked with Drake, Jessie Ware and SBTRKT, really stepped into his own light this year with the release of his stunning Duel EP. Those of you who are digging the new Drake record as much as I am will no doubt recognise his incomparable vocals from one of the album’s many highlights, Too Much. This week Sampha dropped his solo version of Too Much, without Drake, and it’s a track that simple has to be heard.

Too Much/Happens is out digitally on November 12. The 7″ vinyl follows on January 7 through Young Turks.

Duel
 was released July 29. Grab a copy here.

CYMBALS – Erosion

The fantastic CYMBALS are streaming the first track from their forthcoming new album The Age of Fracture, which will be released January 27. Erosion is a shimmering slice of electro-pop/post-punk, that finds the London four-piece sounding at their very best.
Along with Brokens Bells’ upcoming After The Disco, I’m going to tip The Age Of Fracture as one of the first great albums of 2014.

Pre-order The Age Of Fracture here.

Bayou – Everybody’s Gotta Learn

London producer Hari Ashurst, aka Bayou, seems to only share a new tune every couple of months but they’re usually well worth the wait. After grabbing my attention way back in January with the brilliant Cherry Cola, and with another gem titled Forever Deluxe in March, I’ve been hoping for more of his smooth style of downbeat R&B.
This week he dropped a cover of The Korgis’ classic Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime. His version remains true to the original, but with his added synths and auto-tuned vocals he’s really brought the track up to date.