Sampha, a favorite of Issa Rae, has delighted his eager fans with the announcement of a new album titled Lahai. The news came on Thursday, August 24, marking his first album since Process in 2017. This follows the release of his single “Spirit 2.0” two months ago, which was his first solo single in six years.
The artist shared what is believed to be the cover art for the album on Instagram, along with a caption that seems to reveal the tracklist:
My grandfather’s name
My middle name
My next musical chapter
My next album
Fever Dreams. Continuums. Dancing. Generations. Syncopation. Bridges. Grief. Motherlands. Love. Spirit. Fear. Flesh. Flight.”
While Sampha has yet to announce a release date for Lahai, his comments about “Spirit 2.0” upon its release might hint at what fans can expect from the new album. He said, “It’s about the importance of connection to both myself and others, and the beauty and harsh realities of just existing. 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. 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.” Fellow artist Lil Yachty also teased in Sampha’s Instagram comments, “Magic is on the way!!”