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New Music Roundup: Nick Jonas, Danny Brown, Logic & Floyd

Sneaky R&B and urgent grime.

Hidenori Ryu Dengah // Hideryu Photography

Nick Jonas, "Comfortable"

Those familiar with Nick Jonas know his music is not clear-cut pop; this track especially is a deceptive R&B song. On top of a slinky melody with heavy bass, Nick serves lyrics with rap bravado: "Never met a beauty queen I didn't like/ It doesn't mean it's all right and you gotta wife/ I'm trying hard to take my time, 'cause these ten's got friends." The chorus picks up into a UK-style garage beat then, out of nowhere, the drums clear and Allen Iverson's legendary "practice" rant is seamlessly weaved in. Yes, we talkin' bout practice. It's a bold addition that ties up his latest album, Last Year Was Complicated, with a glimpse of the self-assured man Nick is becoming.— Driadonna Roland

Danny Brown, "When It Rains"

What do you get when Detroit's wildest emcee leaves his former label (Fool's Gold) for a new one (British independent Warp) and then sets out a feeler for things to expect? Lo and behold, Danny Brown's "When It Rain." An electronic haze of urgent grime, Nintendo Contra-like soundbites, and stoned synth-bass, the sonic hodgepodge allows for The Hybrid to do what he does best: "Pop off and all them shots go off."— Ralph Bristout

Logic, "Flexicution"

"They say, 'Logic, you too humble boy; just let it out.'" For an artist who is usually known for being particularly humble, Logic has just put out some heat, entitled "Flexicution," where he seems to vent about his extremely quiet success. Logic is gearing up for the "Endless Summer Tour" with G-Eazy, YG and Yo Gotti, and his wife Jess is credited as providing back-up vocals to the track, which is produced by 6ix. "Check my last album/ all ya'll know I run it," he boasts as The Incredible True Story was the last album we got from the DMV rapper.— Lawrence Jackson

Floyd, "Be Us"

Since young rapper Floyd released his latest single "Be Us," I can see him eventually joining in a similar discussion with the likes of Lil Uzi and Lil Yachty. With assistance from bass-booming, speaker-rattling production, the Atlanta-based artist raps about disliking those who hate on him and his crew, DZA. Nowadays, it's quite a thin line between hate and admiration, something that Floyd notices. Let us know what you think.— Erin Ashley Simon

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