The latest from the award-winning singer, songwriter and producer finds him in a contemplatively optimistic mood. Having lent his vocal talents to a range of the biggest stars, from Kendrick Lamar to Solange, it's always welcome to be treated to a suite where he can showcase his range across a number of tracks. Utilising allusions to birds and drawing on flight and air as metaphors for freedom and space, Sampha crafts an album of laid-back R&B that is emotive and endearing throughout. A suite of vignettes, the highlights are in the details like the string interlude ‘Wave Therapy’ that stutters to a stop or the looping, repeating lines mid ‘Inclination Compass’ that draw attention on repeat listens. With no impactful radio hit single, no soaring soundbite vocal ripe for sync to film and ad campaign, ‘Lahai’ instead delivers a cohesive listen that soothes and inspires.