By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Welcome to another exciting edition of New Music Releases!
In this week’s edition, I look at new albums from one of my favorite rappers and music royalty. In addition, I will give you my take on an old friend’s latest release, share my thoughts on two Top 40 favorites and introduce you to my two new artists that could shake up the music industry.
Without further ado…. here we go!
My House by Flo Rida
Flo Rida invited music listeners to his house for his fourth extended play conveniently called: My House. While this material might sap the listener’s attention, Earth Wind and Fire’s Verdine White delivered a wicked bass line on Flo’s collaboration with Robin Thicke on the soon-to-be radio hit “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” was one of only three factors that could redeem this EP. Besides the Chris Brown collaboration and Dr. Luke-Max Martin –Cirkut penned track, this EP is just plain boring! C
Tracks to Download: “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” “Once In A Lifetime” & “Here It Is”
Rebel Heart EP by Madonna
Thought that Madonna released everything related with her latest album: Rebel Heart? The Queen of Pop surprised fans when she released four new tracks and two remixes of “Living for Love” today! These latest tracks showcase Madonna’s beautiful vocals and the lyrics are some of her best material of the 2010s. I always look forward to whatever Madonna comes up with and I am glad that the Queen of Pop has returned to solidify her reign in the pop music world. A-
Tracks to Download: “Addicted,” “Borrowed Time” & “Beautiful Scars”
No Pier Pressure by Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is one of the most remarkable singer-songwriters of all-time. When I interviewed one of his fellow collaborators on this album, Peter Hollens, earlier this year; he told me that Wilson “remains the God of Harmony.” All throughout this album, the legendary Beach Boy showcased this claim as he beautifully delivered impeccable collaborations with young guns like Hollens, She & Him, Kacey Musgraves and Nate Ruess to his longtime partners-in-crime: Al Jardine and David Marks. His arranging style is in a class by itself and I am truly honored to name Mr. Wilson’s No Pier Pressure-my Album of the Week! A+
Tracks to Download: “Runaway Dancer,” “Our Special Love,” “Sail Away,” “Don’t Worry” & “Saturday Night”
“The Bull” by Drew Six
Last Saturday, I was honored to see one of Jake’s Take’s favorite singers, Drew Six, debut his latest single: “The Bull” at the Kill Devil Club in Kansas City. This song showcases the prospective of a mechanical bull that has traveled all across the country, but landed in Kansas City. While Drew delivers a fantastic vocal performance on the track, music aficionados should also check out “The Bull (Remix)” which showcases amazing vocals from Drew, a sturdy rap from D Major Pi Ca$0 and sultry backing vocals from Grace Maher of Grace Maher and the Wayward Sons. Not only could this be a great workout song, but also I think this song could be the track that sends Drew Six into the big time! A+
“All That” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen has proved that she is no one-hit wonder with “This Kiss” and “I Really Like You” have joined their older brother: “Call Me Maybe” in the charts. Last Saturday, Ms. Jepsen debuted her latest single: “All That” on Saturday Night Live. This track feels like more of a Tiffany or Debbie Gibson tune than a Carly Rae tune because of the heavily depended upon synthesizer solos that drowned out Ms. Jepsen’s vocals. However, Ms. Jepsen’s musical career is not in jeopardy yet…all she needs to do is reach down deep and deliver a song that can connect her with multiple generations of music listeners. D+
“All Day” by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Sir Paul McCartney
Just it was safe to assume that Kanye would continue to release unbelievable material like he did with “FourFive Seconds” and “Only One,” he releases an abysmal track! “All Day” is not only one of the worst songs that the “All of the Lights” rapper has released, but the constant use of the N-word in the song is just sickening! F
“Ohio” by Joey Contreras
In every edition of New Music Releases, I always try to introduce you (the reader) to one or two artists that I think have bright futures ahead of them. Up first, musical theatre songwriter and self-proclaimed “pop geek” Joey Contreras! The Northern California singer-songwriter has been featured in Playbill and gained fans in multiple countries around the world. His latest single, “Ohio,” beautifully showcases his feelings for his crush-a talented male dancer from the Buckeye State. I admire how he transforms the track’s arrangements from a simplistic piano solo to a miniature orchestral crescendo. Something tells me that Joey might be one of the Millennials’ guiding lights to help the next generations continue the outstanding legacy of the Great White Way. A-
“Best of Everything” by Van Damsel
My next New Artist of the Week is Van Damsel. Hailing from Kamloops, British Columbia, Ronnie Tomatoes, Matthew Barron, Sebastien Ste Marie and Rich Bregoliss are out to make their mark in the Indie Rock/Alternative Pop world. Their first single: “Best of Everything” features strong instrumentation, nice vocals and superb production engineering. I have a feeling that Van Damsel is starting to scratch at the surface of their potential. Bravo, fellas! B+
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