Sampha is the latest to cover The FADER, gracing their 104th issue.
Along with the cover story, he debuted a new tune, “Plastic 100ºC,” performing an acoustic version of song of the rooftop of the office of his record label, Young Turks. Much like his performance of “Timmy’s Prayer” on BBC Radio 1, the song’s emotions are enhanced by the absence of any instruments but a piano. You also learn — via the cover story — the lyrics delve into Sampha questioning his own mortality due to a lump in his throat that’s been there since 2012. Worried by his family’s history of passing due to cancer, the lump is a never-ending worry in his 27-year-old’s mind.
Throughout the rest of the story, Sampha discusses his family history’s influence on his life, from their beginnings in the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the selection of music they played once they moved to England.
Read the full story on The FADER, and watch the performance of “Plastic 100ªC” up top.