Andrew Ashong is a reluctant artist. He says it himself: "I never wanted to be a singer."
Hailing from South London by way of Ghana, his rich heritage meant he was drawn to the likes of Rob Ayers and jazz legend Herbie Hancock from an impressionable age.
These influences have certainly helped hone in on a soul-tinged, jazz-inflected slow groove, part of the re-vitalised UK-based neo-soul scene.
It’s not abrasive as much as comforting, warm and ethereal. Certainly Ashong’s imprint has already been established in clubs, bars and cafés worldwide, take the melodious, hazy 2013 hit ‘Flowers’; a summer brew of sunshine and dreams.
Andrew Ashong’s 3-track ‘Special’ EP further builds on the languorous charm of his earlier work. Ahead of the release, Ashong drops EP closer ‘Love The Way’ – a reverie of hazy chords, and sweet nothings.
In other words, music for stoned lovers.
The ‘Special EP’ will be released on 27th January 2014. Listen to ‘Love The Way’ here:
Love The Way
Words: Shahzaib Hussain