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Have you ever fallen in love with a song while stoned and then discovered that it's barely mediocre once listening to it in a clear state of mind? I have. Many times. So often, in fact, that I now refrain from listening to certain songs unless I'm hanging out with my friend MJ to avoid disappointment.
After weeks of exclusively playing Gallant's "Weight In Gold" while blazing, I finally took a leap of faith and listened to it with a clear head. The soul-piercing single not only beat the odds, but quickly became an integral part of my daily soundtrack as my alarm tone and #1 work out song. I might have to delete it from my cardio playlist, though; I keep getting weird looks for rocking out too hard at the gym.
From his chill-inducing falsetto range and vocal runs to the brilliant production that pulls the listener in each time, while also being sure to pull back enough to create tension, Mind of a Giant's powerhouse has caught the attention of top influencers. Zane Lowe first premiered “Weight in Gold” as the very first World Exclusive on his Beats Radio 1 show on Apple Music. And this weekend, Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA featured him at the sold-out Ace Theater where he performed his signature Alt/R&B set.
For the ultimate eargasm, strap on your headphones as you watch his newly released music video (embedded below). No spliff necessary.
WHAT IT IS: Leon Bridges’ rise from his roots in Fort Worth can be traced to his savant-like ability to deliver self-penned songs that sounded instantly classic. Bridges’ unique sound, an impassioned reset of gospel-tinged soul, was adroitly captured via vintage production techniques by White Denim members Austin Jenkins and Josh Block. Critics are praising the newcomer for resuscitating soul-stirring R&B with an unblemished batch of original songs that—as NPR noted—reminds us “why gospel meeting soul worked so magically at the dawn of the 1960s…yet the nimble, precise, vocalization Bridges provides feels so fresh.”
ALBUM: Coming Home
RELEASE DATE: 06/23
SINGLE: “Smooth Sailin’”
TV: Fallon, CBS Saturday Morning, Conan
LIVE: Sold-out North American tour underway; Dec./Jan. tour dates in Australia; national spring tour announced 10/12, immediate sellouts at The Beacon, The Wiltern, Chicago Theatre; performing at Willie Nelson Gershwin Awards in Jan.
INTERNET: Featured in the Apple Music ad campaign; 3.3m Spotify streams and 500k video views for single; 8m+ cumulative video views
RADIO: Single impacted 10/19, debuted at #19; AAA adds at WRNR Annapolis, KRVB Boise, WCLZ Portland; Alternative add at WWCD Columbus; Dec. radio shows include KLLC, WTTS, KGSR, KRZB, WROX
PRESS: Maxim, Rolling Stone, N.Y. Times, L.A. Times, Complex, Fader, GQ, NPR Music (“This kind of perfection is always relevant”), more
BOOKING: Bobby Cory, Jeffrey Azoff/CAA
MANAGEMENT: Jonathan Eshak, Zeke Hutchins/Mick Mgmt
WHAT IT IS: The L.A.-based four-piece—lead singer Joe Jonas, keyboardist Cole Whittle, guitarist JinJoo Lee and drummer Jack Lawless—was born from Jonas’ long-brewing plan to launch an offbeat pop project inspired by the melodic R&B of Earth, Wind & Fire and Hall & Oates. Inspiration for the single came out of a misunderstanding from a conversation between Swedish producers Mattman & Robin; the hitmakers were talking about getting cake by the ocean, when, in actuality, they wanted a “sex on the beach” cocktail. “The song was a total breakthrough,” says Jonas.
ALBUM: SWAAY EP
RELEASE DATE: 10/23
SINGLE: “Cake by the Ocean”
TV: Recently on Fallon, GMA, E! News
LIVE: Headlining N.A. dates on Greatest Tour Ever Tour through Dec.
INTERNET: 192% increase to site after EP release/tour announcement; 1m+ video views for single in one week; 113k Instagram followers, 32.7k Twitter followers, 23.5k Facebook likes; #1 on Spotify Global Viral 50 chart for three weeks
RADIO: #28 at Pop radio
PRESS: EW (“They have a spry, playful chemistry on SWAAY”), People (“Between the groovy guitars and Jonas’ funky falsetto, the ‘70s-tinged track is reminiscent of…’Get Lucky.’”), Cosmopolitan, MTV News, Teen Vogue, ET, People, Perez Hilton, Idolator, J-14, PopCrush, JustJared, InStyle
BOOKING: Brian Manning/CAA