When you want Asake to blow your mind with each new release, he goes on to supersede your expectations and still leaves that recognizable sound imprint on his music, which is impossible to shake off. He adopts new musical patterns, experiments with sounds, or just performs his well-known and acclaimed “rinse and repeat” technique, but he always maintains his identity as Asake, the same crowd vocals merchant.
With the release of his debut album, Mr Money With The Vibe, the artist moved on to demonstrate his skill. On the song Joha, which we did not anticipate sounding as musically pleasing, he revealed a whole new level of his musical brilliance and a unique fusion of genres. With his debut album, the artist showed us that he is much more than just his customary love of amapiano and that he is a person who can use crowd vocals to his maximum advantage.
We flowed through the last quarter of 2022 with just his debut album and Loaded, a song off the Empire album, Where We Come From, where he was featured alongside Tiwa Savage. It’s possible that at this point after the release of his debut album, Asake decided to take a break from his relentless release of music records and allow his album perfection to drop deep in our heads.
It is not enough to state that Asake exceeded our expectations when his debut album was released; his music actually went beyond the borders of Africa, much alone the country itself, and made contact with the rest of the globe. We came to the conclusion that adhering to one’s personal musical aesthetic is possibly the greatest approach to achieve the same level of success as Asake, whose music, with its heavy Yoruba influence and native vocal style, is still well-liked in the West.
Asake has finally decided to present us with something novel, something invigorating, and something with a more fascinating perspective—still retaining the same imprints of Asake’s style—having realized that perhaps we have gorged rather too much on his prior releases.
This author describes Asake’s most recent release, Yoga, as a tune with a galactic vibe while still caressing the soft fabrics of Asake’s pop energy. It comes with an ethereal vigor, and in all honesty, Asake has come with a sound not even remotely demonstrated by a modicum in his debut album or previous projects at all. It is still a reviving sound even though he uses his ethnic aspects and his customary crowd vocals.
Asake’s piety is depicted in both the graphical video content and audio of Yoga, which are expressions of his gratitude and an overall reflection of his reality, dropping the music video as an accompaniment to the single’s release. Asake’s use of crowd vocals is now more fully understood by this writer from an introspective perspective, and it is in no way thought to be overused.
Asake’s great usage of instruments never goes ignored; his rich incorporation of strings, violin, the horns, and the percussion are hugely influential in this song. What better approach to enhance a track to give it a celestial air than using these instruments? The balance produced in yoga is excellent, with the instrumentation and vocals balancing out as the strings and violin overlap into the non-blasting horns.
With Asake, there is yet another of his signatures that can be heard in his songs: the way he purposefully rushes into the beat. While this is done in an effort to make every second of the rhythm, beat, and song in total count, it is far too hasty for this song in particular—Yoga opens with a particular African chant and seconds into it, the rush is obvious, possibly not rhyming evenly. It begs the question, what is the purpose of the chants in the first place?
You give Yoga a higher playback value than usual because of the song’s brief duration and the rush with which he moves through it. You do this because you feel as though you can’t get enough of it and because the song’s first few seconds have an irresistible panache that compels you to replay it a little more often than usual in an effort to fully digest it.
Yoga is identical to every other song Asake has previously released; it is simply repackaged and has a more reflective theme this time. He doesn’t go too far from his established sound, which is possibly why this writer finds him to be such a fantastic artist. He explores while still realizing that his signature sound is practically required to hear his songs.