BEST NEW MUSIC: GLADIUS JAMES - WE ALL GOT ISSUES

2/5/18

Gladius James dubs himself a Singer Songwriter first and foremost, but that’s mainly because putting a genre classification on him ain’t so easy. He’s got elements of Pop, Soul, R&B and maybe even a little folk/country all up in there vying for your love. Push come to shove I wouldn’t know what to call him, so I’m not going to do it. I’ll just call him Gladius James, singer/songwriter, and leave it at that. It’s no easy accomplishment to weave so many various elements this seamlessly into one vocal performance piece. Man’s got flair, that’s for sure.

 

GLADIUS JAMES - WE ALL GOT ISSUES

While subdued vocals carry this track, he utilizes his own voice (even if slightly vocoded (but the good kind, not the 808’s & Heartbreaks kind)) to add hints that feel like some semblance of production. Seriously, it took me four listens before I realized there was no instrumentation this track. His use of vocal reverb makes it feel like there are some instruments backing him, but nope. This one is just a man and a microphone, performing some raw, heartfelt emotion especially for you. This track is absolutely perfect for remixing. Like so seriously perfect that you don’t even need the stems or anything. Smart move to drop this track as is and let some master producer step up to the plate for the remix that’s going to shoot Gladius James into the Stratosphere (and I’m not talking the Vegas hotel). Quick producers, get on this one before the someone like Galantis does and you can’t even touch it with a ten-foot pole without being compared to the chart topper. If there isn’t a remix of “We Got Issues” ready for festival season, well then Galantis (or you?) done fucked up.

 

GLADIUS JAMES - WE ALL GOT ISSUES

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