Asya Satti’s first two singles, ‘Look At You Now’ and ‘Drunk Drive’, introduced the Swedish-Sudanese artist as a distinctive talent. Her distinctive style unites cultures, drawing upon the inspirational music culture of her heritage in a way that’s enticing to an international pop audience. Her voice is just as beguiling, with pure uplifting soul which matches her positive, empowered personality. Those two songs have earned Asya a first wave of discovery, with airplay from Tom Robinson at BBC Introducing plus tastemaker attention from Clash, Wonderland, Notion
Now her compelling introduction continues with today’s release of her third single ‘Down Daddy’. Listen HERE. It comes as she prepares to release her self-titled debut EP on June 16th, which is available to pre-save HERE.
Asya’s honeyed vocal majesty is the stand-out trait in ‘Down Daddy’. While it’s a song that acknowledges the passing of a loved family member, Asya conjures an atmosphere that celebrates the person who they were rather than the loss that they are mourning. Her words possess a simple beauty as she looks ahead to be reunited in the afterlife: “See you on the moon, I’m sure we have a little drink or two.” The music is just as uplifting, with an infectious Sufi guitar motif providing an instantly memorable hook to her band’s rambunctious rhythmic live energy.
Asya says, “‘Down Daddy’ is a eulogy to someone in my family who passed. It took me a while to write it as I had the melody, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. I realised the song was about celebrating the life of someone you love whilst purging the complex feelings you and your loved one feel as they come to the end of their life. The repeated Sufi element in the music adds a spiritual element to the song’s very mortal meaning.”