Last week the Auckland, New Zealand project LEISURE dropped its first-ever single “Got It Bad,” a swaggering pop-funk jam as remarkably simple as it is dangerously catchy. As Pigeons & Planes noted on their writeup of the track, “Got It Bad” might represent the “post-Lorde” landscape of “cleanly producer, modern pop songs.” But this stellar, sophisticated track also has a lot in common with 60s and 70s black soul icons like James Brown and Sam Cooke, whose first successful singles, respectively, “Please Please Please” and “You Send Me” displayed an emphasis on rhythmic signature over lyrical content. LEISURE has taken a familiar, “less-is-more” approach at introducing himself (or herself?); corresponding social media platforms are completely devoid of any biographical details. It consequently allows the track to speak for itself, shifts the conversation to a strict musical discourse where extra-musical sequiturs fall by the wayside.