Label: Young Turks

Those who first encountered Sampha Sisay on his debut EP Dual or on his duets with Drake—"Too Much" and "The Motion"—or with Drake and Beyonce ("Mine") the ethereal voice and soul-baring songcraft of this South London singer/composer/producer were among most welcome discoveries of 2013. But if you've been paying attention for a while you know that he's been putting in work with the "post-dubstep" collective SBTRKT for three years now.

A quick visit to his Soundcloud page will confirm your suspicions that Sampha's is a rare and still unfolding talent with the power to enthrall us for some time to come, which makes his debut album on Young Turks one of the the most eagerly awaited releases of 2014. —Rob Kenner