Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews: Week of May 13, 2022

Artists to Watch:

Jake’s Take’s Artists to Watch is back! Here are some of the recording artists that you need to keep an eye on: 

Drugstore Dreamin’ by Willie Stratton 

Nova Scotia, Canada-based recording artist Willie Stratton kicks off this edition. As I listened to Drugstore Dreamin’, Willie Stratton’s vocals reminded me of classic rock legends such as Brian Wilson, Neil Diamond, and the late Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. I love artists who embrace retro music styles because, at times, several Drugstore Dreamin’ tracks were better than the tracks constantly rotating on today’s Top 40 radio stations. B+  

Tracks to Download: “The Way She Holds Me,” “Need Your Love,” “Drugstore Dreamin’, & “Caroline.”

“Papercut” by Carleton Stone

Nova Scotia, Canada native Carleton Stone reflected on his time living in California in his latest single: “Papercut.” Carleton’s vocals remind me of living legend Bob Dylan, while the guitars and synth remind me of the Fleetwood Mac Rumours line-up. There is something special about Carleton Stone, and I look forward to hearing more music from him. B+ 

“In The Way” by GoGo Morrow

After getting her start in the music industry as a backing vocalist for Lady Gaga and Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir, GoGo Morrow is ready to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. Recently, she dropped her debut single: “In the Way.” Produced by Harmony Samuels, “In the Way” reminds me of the first time that I listened to both Beyonce and Rihanna’s first singles. GoGo’s hypnotic vocals and Mr. Samuels’ superb production are a force to be reckoned with and could dominate the R&B music world for years to come. A+ 

“Came in the Scene” by Headie One 

London, England-based rapper Headie One is one of Epic Records’ most impressive rising recording artists. The Spotify-verified artist amassed over 4.7 million monthly listeners and a solid social media following. His latest single, “Came in the Scene,” features a strong emcee delivery and an excellent production of beats. I think Headie One could be one of 2022’s breakout rappers. A- 

“Words for Her” by Lydia Persaud 

Singer-songwriter Lydia Persaud’s latest single on her album, Moody31, is “Words for Her.” I love the simplistic approach of the song as “Words for Her” highlighted her haunting vocals with only a ukulele and a Nylon guitar providing the backing music. Lydia has a phenomenal voice, and “Words for Her” is a memorable song that I would go back and listen to on multiple occasions. B+ 

“Final Notice” by Willow Kayne 

London, England-based recording artist Willow Kayne rounds out this edition of Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews. Several media outlets, including Clash, Dazed, and Rolling Stone UK, praised her work, and music legend Nile Rodgers has her back. “Final Notice” is a powerful “F— you” to her critics. Thanks to the song’s rapid techno meet reggae music production, “Final Notice” is a fantastic piece of ear candy that listeners will devour. A- 

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