Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews: Week of July 30, 2021

Artists to Watch

Jake’s Take’s Artists to Watch is back! Here are some of the bands and recording artists that might shake up the music industry.

“Baby” by A1 x J1 featuring Deno 

The UK-based rap-pop duo A1 x J1 is taking the world by storm. The duo met on Houseparty, and thanks to TikTok, A1 x J1 are household names-in-training. When I first heard “Baby,” I was blown away by the duo’s rapid-fire beats and the superb production behind the track. I am looking forward to seeing how this duo is going to shake up the rap-pop music genre. B+ 

“Fighter” by Jessica Mar 

Wichita, Kansas native turned Los Angeles transplant Jessica Mar released an inspiring anthem for anyone facing adversity. “Fighter” has impeccable lyrics, and in fact, the song was part of the American Cancer Society’s Songs for Hope campaign. Listeners would get a strong case of chills as they listen to Jessica’s inspiration track. A+ 

“Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” by Joy Crookes 

Another UK-based recording artist that Jake’s Take has its eyes on is Joy Crookes. Her hundreds of thousands of social media followers fell hard for siren-esque vocals, and she was nominated for the BRIT’s Rising Star award. Her recent single, “Feet Don’t Feel Me Now,” showcases remarkable vocals as they will hypnotize listeners. Joy has a bright future in the international music scene. A- 

“Naked Truth” by LX

Los Angeles-based singer LX (Real name: Lexy Bradford) delivered a potential radio and streaming chart-topper: “Naked Truth.” The song reminds me of a song from Ariana Grande’s vault. There are many similarities between “Naked Truth” and tracks from Thank U, Next and Positions. I also loved the guitar riff. Fantastic job, LX! B+/A- 

“99 To The Moon” by Said the Whale

When I heard the first notes of Said the Whale’s “99 to the Moon,” I instantly had a smile on my face. Said the Whale consists of singer-songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Lincoln Hotchen. The Vancouver quartet has a solid sound, and with a Juno Award under their belt, I feel that 2021 could be Said the Whale’s year. A-

“Come Thru” by Young Franco featuring SonReal & Jalmar 

Young Franco wraps up this edition of Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews. The Australian rising star teamed up with SonReal and Jalmar for a spicy song: “Come Thru.” Listeners would gravitate to the song’s catchy chorus and slick production. I was thoroughly impressed with this track, and I am looking forward to hearing more from Young Franco in the future. B/B+ 

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