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Sampha reveals his process in conversation with Strombo
By
Colton Eddy

Published

March 1, 2017

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Sampha speaks with Strombo at the House of Strombo.
Sampha reveals his process in an exclusive conversation

This week's episode of The Strombo Show runs the gamut by exploring the musical mind of Sampha, filling the House os the orchestral rock of Common Deer and sharing a conversation with the President of Sunrise Records, Doug Putman.

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This week's episode of The Strombo Show runs the gamut by exploring the musical mind of Sampha, filling the House with the orchestral rock of Common Deer and sharing a conversation with the president of Sunrise Records, Doug Putman.

Sampha has collaborated with Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Solange, and he has gone it alone with his solo debut album, Process. He discusses the inception of the album, his transition from producer to songwriter, finding inspiration in Kwes, masculinity in modern music, feeling challenged by D'Angelo, his relationship with Drake and what he taught Kanye. It's pure musical delight. 
Common Deer delivers its brand of orchestral rock from the living room and delivers an Against Me! cover that Laura Jane Grace endorsed herself. The Toronto-based five-piece features two sets of siblings and a vocal delivery that recalls Stars' Set Yourself on Fire. The band's cozy Strombo session heralds a beginning, as Common Deer commemorates its debut EP. 
The president of Sunrise Records, Doug Putman, visits to reveal his company's plans to grow the record industry in Canada. Earlier this week, Sunrise revealed that it'll find a new home within 70 former HMV locations and is actively signing former HMV employees to its roster. Putman explains why, recalls his first album purchase and commends the necessity of independent record stores like Cheapies in Hamilton and Sonic Boom in Toronto.

Magnificent 7

  • Bernice, “Don’t Wanna Be European”
  • Lou Canon, “Coma”
  • Hiccup, “Teasin’”
  • Cadence Weapon & Kaytranada, “My Crew (Woooo)”
  • Mac Demarco, “My Old Man”
  • Homeshake, “Call Me Up”
  • Aldous Harding, “Horizon”
Playlist
  • The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows (Acapella)”
  • John Lennon, “Instant Karma”
  • Bernice, “Don’t Wanna Be European”
  • Lou Canon, “Coma”
  • The Olympians, “Sirens”
  • Hiccup, “Teasin’”
  • Black Flag, “Gimme Gimme Gimme”
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Two Tribes”
  • A Tribe Called Red, “Virus (Ft. Saul Williams)”
  • Singers & Players, “Thing Called Love”
  • Lady Wray, “Do It Again”
  • Sampha, “No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)”
  • Sampha, “Plastic 100°c”
  • Drake, “Too Much (Ft. Sampha)”
  • Sampha, “Timmy's Prayer”
  • Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg, “Je T'aime, Moi Non Plus”
  • The Turtles, “You Showed Me”
  • Public Enemy, “By The Time I Get To Arizona”
  • Cadence Weapon & Kaytranada, “My Crew (Woooo)”
  • Mac Demarco, “My Old Man”
  • Homeshake, “Call Me Up”
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor, “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To The Heavens”
  • Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”
  • Fleetwood Mac, “The Chain”
  • Led Zeppelin, “When The Levee Breaks”
  • Jean Michel Blais, “Nostos”
  • Aldous Harding, “Horizon"
  • Ty Segall, “Caesar”
  • The Slits, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
  • Sin 34, “Uncontrollable Urge"
  • Suicidal Tendencies, “I Shot The Devil”
  • Common Deer, “Delicate, Petite And Other Things I’ll Never Be (Against Me! Cover) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Common Deer, “Confession (I Should’ve Known) (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Common Deer, “Settle Down (Strombo Sessions)”
  • Slayer, “South Of Heaven”
  • John Zacherle, “Dinner With Drac, Pt. 1”
  • Pink Floyd, “Pigs On The Wing Pt. 1”
  • Johnny Cash, “Big River (Live 2003)”
  • Johnny Cash, “Understand Your Man (Live 2003)”
For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.