Disclaimer: All views presented in this review are those of the reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
Lamp Mode Recording artist S.O. has a talent for making music that is contemplative. You know that when you press play on his songs, it is going to make you think. But he’s never been one to stray away from fun songs that make you want to nod your head. With his newest EP release These Things Take Time, it feels like we are getting a 6 song extension of what we have come to love about S.O. as an artist. And after you listen through once, its clear what “things” he is talking about, so let’s unpack the EP.
S.O. is candidly speaking about his own life in this project – introspectively and externally through relationships that he has. The project starts with “All I Got”, featuring J. Williams — which contains a creatively used Kirk Franklin & The Family sample in the beat — is all about his recent life experiences. He mentions his past mistakes, how God used them to advance his life, his family, and more. S.O. never speaks about any of this in a negative light though, because all of this drove him to trust God more, thus his desire to give God all he has.
With this reenergized focus on the Lord, S.O. isn’t the same anymore – he is on a “New Wave”. This is a nice new anthem for anyone who needs some riding music when they’re feeling brand new in the Lord. Plus, Canon is featured on it and his twisting flow fits right with the beat. And amidst these first few tracks, there is something brought up that is a turn around from his last album, So It Ends.
On that album, he spoke about a relationship ending and the hurt that he had to deal with returning to single life, amidst friends and family who knew her. But now, there is a lot of strong talk about a new woman in his life. And while this song is a nice afrobeat groove for all the ladies living for God, you can clearly hear S.O. speak to her personally in the song “I See You”.
He also addresses some talk that has been brought his way in conversations from fans. Apparently, people have been questioning his faith, so he addresses it in “You Already Know” (featuring Christon Gray). He also talks about how the UK Christian world is, his fellow brothers in the faith, as well as those who ask about well known rapper Jahaziel and his relationship with him in “Fall”.
The GP Will See You Now
The usual suspects of S.O. & GP is almost like a guaranteed home run from a musicical perspective these days. These two have been making great music together since his earliest projects, and while they both grow, the way that their styles mesh keeps getting better. GP has a great way of making beats sound familiar and fresh. This is the second project with a Kirk Franklin sample in it as well, and anyone who can do that effectively gets 2 thumbs up in my book.
The features are nice on These Things Take Time as well. Of course its not an S.O. project without having J. Williams on a song, but we’re not used to seeing him team up with Reflection Music Group artist Canon. “New Wave” shows a side of S.O. that we have only begun to see. It’s probably the grittiest song I’ve heard in his whole catalogue.
The other surprise was having Christon Gray on “You Already Know”. He isn’t just the feature on the chorus either, Christon gets the entire first verse of the song. His vocals are always smooth and with GP’s production style thriving in the “smooth vibe” area, this song has huge replay value.
In a nutshell, its a culmination of a year and some months of life lived on wax. S.O. poured out his current life story in 6 songs, in the hopes that it can make you nod your head lyrically, but also encourage you to contnue pressing forward in the Lord. You can never go wrong with the duo of S.O. and GP, so as far as that’s concerned, there are no duds on this project. I’d recommend adding this to your playlist as soon as you can.