Andrew Ashong's Mellow Soul On 'Special'

Andrew Ashong releases soulfully mellow 'Special' EP via Which Way Records

Since taking home Gilles Peterson's "2013 Track of the Year" Worldwide Award for his left of field club hit "Flowers," British-Ghanaian singer/songwriter Andrew Ashong has made waves slowly but surely. Two years post-starting out on DJ legend Theo Parrish's Detroit label Sound Signature, Ashong  has released his languid, jazz-infused three track EP entitled Special. On "Love The Way," Ashong layers his smooth vocals over twinkling keys and a house-tinged beat. As a whole the EP effortlessly plays with the rise and fall of subtle climaxes, bringing an almost psychedelic sensibility to music that undeniably stems from soul roots.

The six minute "Special" sees Ashong blending delicately woozy vocals with melancholy guitar riffs, in the process allowing him to carve out a soundscape entirely his own. Ashong's music is as consistent and carefully considered as his steady rise to underground stardom, which is perhaps a rise that signals new directions for UK soul. The Special EP arrived last month via Which Way Records. Listen to the title track and watch an acoustic rendition in the latest Yours Truly session below.

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Prime

The ‘Coming 2 America’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack & ‘The Rhythm Of Zamunda’ Are Out Now

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga, Alpha P, Davido and many more.

It has been more than 30 years since the premiere of the beloved classic comedy Coming to America. Its highly anticipated sequel promises to be greater than its predecessor. The film will be accompanied with two albums—Coming 2 America original motion picture soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, whose tracklist is inspired by the movie. Both albums, which are currently available on all major streaming platforms, feature African music royalty Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and Alpha P, who joined a select group of artists from around the continent to produce these tracklists.

Still blazing charts after the success of his debut album Old Romance, Tekno has a growing list of impressive collaborations with artists like Davido, Drake, Beyonce, to name a few. The singer does not have not one, but two of his hit songs featured; "Waka Waka" is featured on the official soundtrack and "Skeletun" on Rhythms of Zamunda.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


Thebe Magugu's AW21 Collection 'Alchemy' Is An Exploration of African Spirituality

Magugu collaborated with Kristin-Lee Moolman to create a '70s-style B movie called Banyoloyi A Bosigo