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Second album of electronic soul from the London-born producer who’s worked with Beyoncé, Drake and Kanye West

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    While loss lingers on the periphery, there is an intoxicating, wide-eyed, vivaciousness to Lahai
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    Sampha’s voice might be the most instantly recognizable piece of magic in his arsenal, but it’s his patience and craft that makes ‘LAHAI’ such a stunning experience
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  3. 10.0 |   The FT

    The Londoner’s long-awaited sophomore record is named after his grandfather
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  4. 9.0 |   All Music

    While this is far less downcast, the joy, wonderment, and fond reminiscences in the songs are complicated by worry, uncertainty, and longing
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘LAHAI’ is an astral soul coda that whilst intimately rendered, doubles as a pledge for connection and interrelatedness. We needed this
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  6. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Through vulnerable songwriting and striking sound design, Sampha has evaded any semblance of a sophomore slump despite sky high expectations. The record will surely be remembered for years to come
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  7. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A generational talent who has once again delivered a rich, emotional work for us to process. Lahai is phenomenal
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  8. 8.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Where Process was rich with his grief at his recently-departed mother, LAHAI continues that feeling but with greater distance – and at times, despair
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  9. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The English singer/songwriter and producer goes deep into his own history and spirituality on his sophomore LP
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Six years after the Mercury prize-winning Process, Sampha Sisay’s follow-up is jittery with anxiety and indecision, yet poised and luscious
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Lahai is less introspective and far from lonely, its persuasive positivity carried by a contained riot of euphoric synths, swelling violins, Chic guitars and skittering percussion. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Dork

    With a six year gap it’s clear Sampha has put everything he has into this album. The sound of a true master at work
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  13. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Cerebral and enigmatic, the much-lauded Londoner takes us inside his buzzing mind for his second LP
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    LAHAI extends Sampha’s virtuosic career with a showcase of his limitless pool of influence, his songwriting ability, and, inevitably, his soul
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  15. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter’s second album, densely packed but light as a feather, explores life and the many leaps of faith required to truly live it
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