SBTRKT Sampha Temporary View Young Turks

After some brushes with mainstream success, SBTRKT and Sampha return to their home base on the always excellent Young Turks label and reunite for another summery stunner, “Temporary View.”

Sampha’s familiar, brittle tenor trails behind him like a shallow shadow as he moves through SBTRKT’s austere, ultraviolet 8-bit surroundings. Forcing confessional recollections from his subconscious, he surveys a temporary view across a landscape of good times marred by disappointment. As he witnesses a mirage slip from objective clarity into the powerlessness of subjectivity and back again, the song’s unresolving chords fall, one by one, off an imagined ledge, inconclusive in their temporal instant.

Without a knockout hook, the track progresses rather unexceptionally until things open up midway and the uniquely understated repartee between this producer and performer clearly demonstrates the pair’s easy synergy. Sampha’s keening falsettos dovetail with SBTRKT’s slippery trills over minimalist pianos enlarged with reverb, at last skipping to a stop with staccato syncopation as our narrator attempts to make sense of the jumbled thoughts of his overactive mind.

(This song is dedicated to BMU in SP — I hope this is only a temporary fugue. I love you and miss you.)

Stream SBTRKT’s “Temporary View” here.

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