Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews: Week of Sept. 10, 2021

Artists to Watch

Jake’s Take’s Artists to Watch is back! Here are some of the recording artists that have the potential to take the music industry by storm.

Olympian Usain Bolt and NJ released their first Reggae album. (Album cover property of Usain Bolt)

Country Yutes by Usain Bolt & NJ

Usain Bolt is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. Now, the internationally known sprinter released his first studio album. Country Yutes is a collaboration between the Olympian and his longtime childhood friend and manager, Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker. At first, I did not know what to make of this album. However, I was impressed with the production and the artistry between both men. Several top tracks could be used and heard on multiple Reggae radio stations and streaming services. A- 

Tracks to Download: “Living the Dream,” “It’s a Party,” “Yuh Know,” & “Timing.”

“Summer Lullabies” by D.K. Lyons

Pop rocker D.K Lyons dropped his second single off his upcoming EP, Vandalism: “Summer Lullabies.” “Summer Lullabies” reminds me so much of a hybrid of Maroon 5’s Overexposed era and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Hey Everybody!” I love the guitar riffs and synth arrangements. I am looking forward to hearing more music from D.K. B+ 

“I Can Fly” by Jacqueline Loor

Cinematic pop artist Jacqueline Loor released her latest single, “I Can Fly,” from her debut album: Show Them. “I Can Fly” addresses Jacqueline’s sister, who found the strength to leave a toxic relationship. From someone who has written songs for two years, I am impressed with her songwriting and arrangement process. Jacqueline is just scratching the surface of her potential in the music industry, and I cannot wait to see what she does next. B/B+ 

“I Don’t Smoke” by Lily Rose

When End-of-2021 lists of breakout artists are made, I hope Lily Rose is included on those lists. The Big Loud Records and Republic Records signed artist released a fiery new single: “I Don’t Smoke.” Written by Michael Tyler, Lalo Guzman, and Daniel Breland and produced by Joey Moi, “I Don’t Smoke” highlights Lily’s smoky, husky vocals. It’s a beautiful track from start to finish, and I hope that this song continues to propel Lily Rose into the country music stratosphere. 

“Party Anthem” by Sloppy Jane

Sloppy Jane (real name Haley Dahl) is the second to last artist featured in this group of Jake’s Take’s Artists to Watch. Her sound landed Sloppy Jane a spot in Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records. “Party Anthem” is the first single from the label. What I liked about the single was Sloppy Jane’s voice that reminded me of a combination between Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding. I also loved the chorus and horn section that came in near the song’s halfway point. I cannot wait to hear her next song! A-

“Until I Found You” by Stephen Sanchez 

Singer-songwriter and Republic Records-signed artist Stephen Sanchez rounds out this edition of Jake’s Take’s New Music Reviews. I am in awe of Stephen Sanchez’s voice, which would take music lovers back to the days of Roy Orbison and the Beach Boys. “Until I Found You” is an ode to Stephen’s girlfriend, Georgia, and it will put a smile on the listener’s face. B+

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