There's a new jack on the horizon - pun intended - and based on the six-track mixtape, Alex Jacke recently released, this soul singer is in a league of his own.
Playful, truth-filled lyrics, solid production, an undoubtedly unique vocal ability, and a great story, Jacke proves he has the potential to cement his name into the minds of music lovers worldwide with D.F.M, amassing audiences the size of Usher Raymond's stadium tours.
When you listen to Jacke's music, it all makes sense.
In 2010, Alex Jacke left Morehouse College during his junior year, and hopped on a plane to Los Angeles to begin working on something he believed in more than anything else - his music. He linked up with Laney Stewart (brother of Tricky Stewart, hitmaker and producer for many of The-Dream's most popular tracks), who executive produced the project.
LISTEN: "One Thing"
In May, the Los Angeles-bred singer released his lead single, "One Thing", and it even landed in the Music section. It spread like wildfire on social networks like Twitter and Tumblr. And though Jacke is relatively unknown, the singer has managed to build a following of loyal and influential fans who invest in and share his music.
LISTEN: "Enjoy The Ride"
R&B mainstays like Usher and R. Kelly have made their mark. That's clear. The later years of the 2000s have ushered in new kinds of voices like Ne-Yo, and even exact duplicates, but when it comes to Jacke, we understand this is new talent. This is something worth keeping an eye on.
Quite simply, he's good at what he does.
LISTEN: "Days Of Our Lives"
In "Days of Our Lives", Jacke proves he can play in the park with the rest of the big kids. In this fast-paced, uptempo track, his voice powers through the beat, and he's able to showcase something many others in his genre fail to do - sound good on a dance track.
The tape boasts three more tracks we won't review here, but if you want to see what all the fuss is about, you've got to hear the rest for yourself.
While he has his own projects, Jacke also spends time writing and crafting tracks for other artists, including Jesse McCartney and "X Factor" winner, Melanie Amaro.
Though it fared really well for Kanye West, let's hope this college dropout keeps the momentum going. We need him to. The world needs him to.
Download Alex Jacke's D.F.MHERE.
- Talk Sexy (Skit)
- One Thing
- Callin For You
- Nobody's Perfect
- Enjoy The Ride
- All She Wrote
- Cheers (Skit)
- Days Of Our Lives