Nearly two months following the release of Nothing Was The Same, “Too Much” continues to hold court as Drake’s third LP most replay-able number. Obviously, said statement resonates from personal reasons, but Aubrey’s transparent lyrics present a side of his family’s hurdles often crossing over into our own to varying degrees.
However, Sampha’s haunting, glorious hook remains a critical selling point. The London-born crooner liberated his solo version equipped with the same signature instrumental and vocals. Yet, witnessing the 24-year-old maneuver the record into his own personal soundstage is refreshing and hypnotizing in several ways.
In fact, hearing Sampha solo – give this EP a spin if you haven’t already – it’s clear as day the reason Drake tapped him for their collaboration. Both harbor the propensity to craft soul-bearing records that stick to the ribs while exposing a portion of themselves in the process. On “Too Much,” Sampha does just that while creating a black hole of thoughts of and emotions for the lister to zone out while embarking upon an emotional roller coaster.
Expect to find this and a new single, “Happens,” to be released digitally next Wednesday (Nov. 12) via Young Turks. The vinyl version comes as a late Christmas gift on January 7.