Album Review: As Above, So Below by Sampa the Great
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
musicOMH.com - 80 Based on rating 4
Impressive second album from Sampa Tembo sees her incorporate Zambian influences and more to deliver a statement of intent Much has changed in the three years since Sampa The Great's hotly received debut album. That record's title, The Return, proved strangely prophetic, for soon after its release Sampa - real name Sampa Tembo - was heading back to her birthplace of Zambia in the face of the pandemic. The shift clearly affected her music, but in a good way.
Bold production, rich harmonies and equable beats; Sampa the Great curates a more intimate-feeling sonic experience on new album 'As Above, So Below'. The follow up to 2019's 'The Return', Sampa's new project builds on everything that made her last record so good, and simply does it better. 'As Above, So Below' opens with 'Shadows', a menacing cut centred around a sinister bells loop, bolstered by stacks of lavish harmonies and a healthy dose of beefy 808s.