Listen: Samo Sound Boy – Beggin’ Please Album Stream
Samo Sound Boy's Marvin Gaye-inspired dance album is a must-listen.
You might be familiar with Samo Sound Boy from BODY HIGH, the leftfield club label he runs with fellow Los Angelian / CIRCO Festival 2013 headliner Jerome LOL. BODY HIGH have been behind some big sounds, from DJ Dodger Stadium, Matpat and more. It’s well-worth copping the BODY HIGH Work Volume 1 Compilation - a diverse and pumpin’ mix of jack, Chicago house, and B-more - to get a sense of how they do.
If you vibe when modern day hip hop artists sample the soul kings of days of yore (Kanye sampling Ray Charles and Mike Oldfield, Kendrick Lamar sampling Isley Brothers etc) you’re going to fall head over heels for Samo Sound Boy’s new album, Beggin’ Please, which draws from the soul tradition, however in a less explicit way. “Begging Please is a story about the last couple years of my life, told best way I know how,” Samo Sound Boy said in accompaniment of the release.
It’s a big ol’, soul-stirring, journey - Marvin Gaye’s seminal break-up record Here, My Dear was a key influence on the album, and you can see why – over the album’s duration we’re taken on a journey through a huge range of human emotions – love, and love lost - as the album’s narrative charts the course of a relationship and break-up. The whole time your body is feeling it too, with intensely physical beats, jacking rhythms. Moments of sheer dancefloor ectasy peak then retreat into gloomy beats and sombre, alien-like vocals.
Samo Sound Boy has achieved the incredible feat of mimicking the changing rhythms of the human heartbeat, with an electronic palette. Beggin Please is a release of true grace - serious emotional depth for the dancefloor.
Stream What Can I Do and You Come For Me below, and the full album over at FACT Mag – it's out officially on April 28 via BODY HIGH.