First Listen: Swatkins and Ashley Jayy jazz up the cool “Letting Go”

Photo credit: Jayden Becker

(December 5, 2022) For years we’ve screamed from the mountaintops about the incredible music coming out of Rip City, Portland, Oregon. And one of the leaders of that movement has been multi-instrumentalist Swatkins, whose versatility has made him a favorite in multiple genres.

While we have focused on the funk and talkbox releases of Swatkins in the past, for his newest single, he brings in fellow Portlander Ashley Jayy to take vocal leads on number that demonstrates again that Swatkins can seemingly excel at just about any style.

“Letting Go” is a lovely midtempo that straddles the line between soul and jazz, with a gentle hook and a swing that make it nearly essential nighttime listening. And Jayy’s understated vocals are absolutely knockout.

At a time when radio seems to focus more and more on the bombastic, this well performed, soothing number seems to hit all of the right buttons for us. Check out “Letting Go” below, and let your own worries go in the process.

By Chris Rizik

Swatkins feat. Ashley Jayy – “Letting Go”


More Info

Letting Go ft. Ashley Jayy

Written by Swatkins, Ashley Jayy, Jans Ingber, Jarrod Lawson

Swatkins- keyboards, guitar, Moog bass, drum programming

Ashley Jayy- vocals

Jans Ingber- percussion

Peter Knudsen- guitar

Jarrod Lawson- Rhodes

Recorded by Swatkins in Portland, OR

mixed and mastered by Sam Brawner at Blue Dream Studios in Los Angeles, CA

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