by The Alchemist
Ay Wing is an amazing artist that we’ve gotten the pleasure to learn more about during our time in quarantine. She is Swiss born, and berlin based, and pretty much has it covered when it comes to ensuring her delectable, fluorescent, Neo-soul will get a crowd moving. First time listeners are often so entranced by her glittery beats that they keep coming back for more of that shine and sparkle, online and in person. In the run-up to, and in support of her “Ice Cream Dream” EP release in the spring of 2018, Ay Wing was prolific in her appearances on stages across Europe as well as the United States, where she made her Los Angeles debut appearance last summer. This can be seen in the music video for her single, “Drive By” which made it onto the notorious Spotify playlist “Butter.” Her track “Orange Dreamer”, features an impressive flow by American hip-hop artist Chuuwee, as well as larger than life production by German-born, Shuko
Her newest track is called, “Antidote” and it also features an artist known as Shuko. In this groovy homage to being in love, Ay Wing’s lyrics transport us to that feeling or memory of being mesmerised and inspired by a person with limitless energy – someone who is completely in tune with themselves and can pull us back to the present when we are feeling far away from ourselves.
When speaking about the song she says, “”I wrote ‘Antidote’ when I was going through a rough patch. Fortunately, there were people around who showed me love and helped me to lift my vibrancy. It was these moments that allowed me to come back to the present instead of being stuck in my own thoughts. Going through this experience taught me the importance of self-love and loving myself for the good, the bad, and the ugly. I feel as though the antidote to many problems is love; whether it’s romantic, friendship or self-love, and it was my intention when writing “Antidote” that others would be able to feel a sense of this and be uplifted through my lyrics & the music.”
As we listened to this track, we fell in love with the overall feel of the song. The bouncy production had us moving our bodies from beginning to end, as we even ended up standing up and dancing as the song continued. It made us imagine some of our happiest moments of our lives, and reminisce on them throughout the song; the track itself creates bliss. Check it out below.
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