AASH MEHTA and SONEZ, “Ma”
It’s a bit off the beaten path even for the producer himself, but Chicago’s Aash Mehta is back with a personal but progressive ode with “Ma”. The song incorporates musical elements from his Indian heritage, as well as being bilingual with both English and Hindi verses. Most of the song is recorded at a deliberate pace with focus on a vocal by Sonez that’s subtle and strong in all the right places. At 4:45 it is a little long but is punctuated by two solid buildups, one which really serves as the climactic moment in the song in its last 1:30 or so. It may take a few listens but you can appreciate the unique touches by Aash and the multi-cultural moments all the more. “Ma” is a beautiful, relatable love-letter and reinforces the need for artists to take time to make their songs personal when they can.