Album: Dead Again
Number of Tracks: 3
Release Date: 25 August 2014
Label: Naïve Records
Simply put, Aşa has managed to achieve quite a few impressive things throughout her career, with the Nigerian-French soul star releasing two very well-received albums, Aşa & Beautiful Imperfection, picking up a top five spot on the Billboard’s World Music chart, receiving France’s prestigious Prix Constantin and being a Nominee for the best Female at the Victoire de la Musique Aşa.
Aşa is now back again with the release of her brand new 3-track EP titled Dead Again.
With only 3 tracks on the EP (all of which will feature on the forthcoming album Bed of Stone), Aşa is back again, collaborating with her long-standing collaborator Blair MacKichan (who has previously also produced albums for the likes of Lily Allen, Sia and Paloma Faith).
Starting off with the title track of the EP, Dead Again starts it all with an incredible sound with a unbelievably deep meaning behind it, with the entire song being lyrically fuelled by the hurt of a close friend’s betrayal. With it being the first song of three, it really does start the EP on fantastic note, with the catchy chorus, the noticeable emotion in Aşa’s voice and also the fact that you want to replay it over and over.
Following on from the catchy and expressive Dead Again, The One That Never Comes keeps the same amount of personality going. The various instruments on the song blend together brilliantly, and provide a very non-invasive and complimentary backdrop to Aşa’s soft and soulful voice.
With the EP coming to a close, Satan Be Gone is the final song on Dead Again, and in comparison to the other two tracks before it, it brings a another different flavour to the already impressive mix of musical styles on this EP. Satan Be Gone perfectly showcases that Aşa has the ability to suit whatever is thrown at her.
Overall, I have to say that I think that Aşa’s EP is a fantastic taster of what is on her new album Bed of Stone, leaving any listeners (including myself), looking forward any future releases from Aşa.
With over 400,000 record sales and well over 300 sold-out international tour dates already, 2014 will see Aşa, whose Nigerian name translates as ‘hawk’ making a welcome return to the London’s Union Chapel on October 2nd for a rare UK headline, which you can get your tickets for here.
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