Tracks of the Week

After the previous couple of weeks being heavy on new releases, this week has been a tad quieter in comparison. However, there are still an array of tantalising tunes that have made it into the coveted Contemporary Classic Tracks of the Week. Find the playlist at the bottom to check out what’s on rotation this week.

Track of the Week:

There’s little secret that Sampha is a favourite of mine. The British singer/songwriter/producer released his debut album, Process, earlier this year; possibly the best album of 2017, as well featuring on Drake’s More Life ‘playlist’.

In Sampha’s most recent collaboration, he has teamed up with producer/ XL Recordings founder Richard Russell on ‘Close But Not Quite’. The song is the title track of Russell’s debut EP under the moniker Everything Is Recorded.

Sampha’s soulful vocals dominate ‘Close But Not Quite’, overshadowing a restrained piano-driven beat assisted by claps and the jingling percussion sprinkled throughout. Sampha’s lyrics are again a showcase of ‘Close But Not Quite’, as they were on Process. On this track, Sampha sings about not being able to express pain solely through words: “All of these words, no they can’t express pain/It’s like my life ended, there’s not words that I’ve learned.”

Russell samples soul singer Curtis Mayfield on ‘Close But Not Quite’, sharing the sentiments of Sampha: “Of these words I’ve tried to recite/They are close but not quite.” It makes for a truly touching listen.

Listen to Contemporary Classic’s Track of the Week below:

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