A few weeks back, I included a song called “Lover Friend” by Hawaii-bred singer Ash on one of my favorite songs of the week playlists. It was the her debut single and I wanted to wait until I heard more before making a post on the site.
Thankfully, the wait wasn’t too long and Ash is back at it with a follow-up single, “Naked.”
“Naked is, in its simplest form, the evolution of my healing journey,” Ash says on IG. “To express what it’s like to be here on this planet and living your story at your level, what you’re facing, and being so deeply engulfed in your own darkness, that at that point that’s all you know. It is a experience of awakening through transformation.”
Channeling her inner Sade, the jazz-influenced song—produced by starRo (who laced “Lover Friend” as well)—infuses elements of 80s R&B with a modern twist that makes revisiting the urge to dance nearly impossible.
Press play and vibe out to both jams, below.