The Week in Essential Music – Meet Sampha and Gesaffelstein

This is about the time of year where blockbuster mainstream releases drop off. It’s too late to meet things like Grammy nomination cutoffs, and it’s not Christmas-buying season yet (for the people who still gift specific albums).

We were supposed to at least get R. Kelly’s Black Panties right about now, but it’s been pushed back and we’re stuck pantiless.

And pretty much the only other major-ish release of the week is yet another offering by the Counting Crows.

I get embarrassed and uncomfortable even thinking about the kind of “meaningful,” overproduced, midtempo guitar ballads on that album.

So instead, let’s talk about a couple things that aren’t gonna be hitting the radio airwaves – yet – but that you definitely can’t sleep on. First, remember “Too Much,” which was like, the ultimate man-feelings song on Drake’s Nothing Was The Same

The buttery bedroom voice on that came courtesy of Sampha, a 24-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from London. You’ve maybe also heard him on tracks by fellow Englishman SBTRKT.

It was a sample of his own original song, also called “Too Much,” which came out last week, and just listen:

Is it possible to have a crush on a voice? Seriously, I have no idea what the dude looks like and it doesn’t matter in the slightest. (I’ve also made my feelings about this abundantly clear; meow!)

On a creepier tip, let’s take a look at the darker side of electronic music. Most of the EDM that hits the airwaves is just laptop pop – but here’s your favorite DJ/producer’s current favorite DJ/producer, Gesaffelstein.

He released an album called Adelph not long ago that’s got the kind of pulsing, driving beats that work equally well for festival bros and your local mall goth. See? Music, it brings people together.

Check out his video for “Hate or Glory” below, whose complete lack of corny euphoria positions it as the anti-EDM:

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