Earlier today, multi-award-winning singer and all-around rockstar of our lives, Asa, released her latest single, Ocean. While Asa has been dropping hints ear and dear that a new album is on its way, Ocean is the final signal for us to get in formation. But before we receive a new album with open hands and ears, here’s everything you need to know about her latest single and some details on what the album might look like.
1. Yes, that background voice you’re hearing belongs to Wurld
It’s not every day you get to have one of Nigeria’s biggest artist providing backup vocals on a song, but when you’re Asa, anything is possible. If the background vocals on Ocean sound familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve heard them before on songs like Show You Off, Ego and Mad — say hello to Wurld. Apart from lending his vocals to Ocean, Wurld is also credited as a co-writer. Love to see it.
2. Ocean was produced by the same guy that made Ozumba Mbadiwe, Gelato, Infinity, Anoti and Mayana
Asa, Reekado Banks, Cuppy, Olamide and Wizkid all have one thing in common: producer and hitmaker, P.PRIME. From Olamide’s Infinity to Wizkid’s Anoti and Reekado Banks’ banger, Ozumba Mbadiwe, P.PRIME is the producer we should be thanking for most of the hits we’ve been jamming to lately. While a collaboration between Asa and the producer behind these club-heavy songs sounds a little bit off on paper, listening to Ocean and her single from last year, Mayana, shows the incredible range of both musicians involved. We stan a versatile queen and that’s on purrrr.
3. Ocean is the second single off her upcoming album, V
Ocean follows Mayana, which dropped last year, and it happens to be the second single off Asa’s upcoming V album — Asa’s first album in three years, and the first time she has recorded an album in Lagos. Remember all the pandemic Instagram videos? Yes, Miss. Asa went into full album recording mode as early as the 2020 covid lockdown. Can we wait for this album to drop? No. But do we have a choice? Also, no.
4. This album will probably have features
How many Asa features do you know? So far, our queen has about six Nigerian collaborations to her name: Comforter Song with Jeremiah Gyang, Share My Blessings with Naeto C, Inside You with Darey Art Alade, Pete Pete with 9ice and Somebody Great with Korede Bello. While she hasn’t had collaborations on any of her albums so far, V may just be the album that changes all of that with massive collaborations in the works. We’ll leave you to guess the artistes, but when it drops, remember we told you it was coming.
5. A whole new Asa and we’re loving it
If Mayana and Ocean are any indications of the direction of this album, then omo, we’re in for a whole new Asa. It’s the musical evolution for us.