Leon Else Turns His 'Agony' Into Dance Floor Joy on 'What I Won't Do': Premiere
One of the hardest tricks to pull off in pop is creating a song that effectively conveys lovelorn loneliness without sacrificing an iota of dance floor libido. Well, we have a new contender for 'classic' in that rarified canon: Leon Else's "What I Won't Do," premiering on Billboard below.
The 27-year-old British crooner already turned heads with his stunning cover of Sia's "Titanium" (which earned a "best cover yet" rave from the pop titan herself) and a take on George Michael's "Jesus to a Child" at a tribute concert earlier this year.
On "What I Won't Do," Else combines elements of disco funk, ebullient synth-pop and soulful, breathy vocals to create something rare: A dance-pop gem with lyrics that candidly address love, loneliness, fear of commitment, and one-night stands. "Another lonely night with someone in my bed/ you think it's cool but what I won't do for love/ and I just push away the ones who get too close," Else sings on the chorus.
"'What I Won’t Do' is my homage to all of my old agony -- what I wouldn’t do to have that love and connection I wanted so badly to feel," Else tells Billboard. "I didn’t know how to open myself up to that, although deep down I did feel that at some point it would be possible. I always had hope."
Ahead of his performance of "What I Won't Do" on Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show on May 19, listen to the track above.