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New Music Roundup: Diana Gordon, Ansolo & K. Roosevelt

A reintroduction, an actor-turned-DJ and more.

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Diana Gordon, "The Legend Of"

If you don't count her writing credits on Beyoncé's Lemonade album—though discrediting the woman behind "You better call Becky with the good hair" just feels wrong!—the last I heard of Wynter Gordon was in 2010 with "Dirty Talk." That was a dance anthem and this, "The Legend Of," is very different. She blends a number of alt-inspired vocals that somehow all still sound more authentic than when she was a polished club queen: she talk-sings with a Gwen Stefani-like coo and cadence on the verses, recalls the nasally R&B of Erykah Badu on the chorus, and the hook is a dead-ringer for Marina Diamandis' quirky high pitch—all over slow trap and strings. I hate that she rhymes "fiancée" with "Beyoncé," but I can get over it. I dig the transformation, new name and all.—Danielle Cheesman

Ansolo & Maxum, "Yin Yang"

The saying "athletes want to be musicians and musicians want to be athletes" has always been used to explain the connectivity between both industries. But what about actors wanting to be musicians? Well, that was the case for Ansel Elgort, aka DJ Ansolo, who paired himself with EDM star Maxum for "Yin Yang." Don't recognize the name? Well, remember Beatrice's brother in Divergent? Or Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars? Yep, that's him. However, this time around he isn't acting out the part, he's truly living it. Both DJ Ansolo and Maxum created a thump-heavy, breakneck-paced song that instantly pulsates through the speaker from start to finish. Brace yourself.—Erin Ashley Simon

K. Roosevelt, "Familiar Energy"

K. Roosevelt cultivates a familiar sound in his latest single "Familiar Energy." Instrumentally, it sounds like something off of a Miguel project, but the comparison ends right there. His vocals are at the forefront, very distinguished and slightly raspy which fits in perfectly with the rock-and-R&B blended production. Looks like reggae and electronic music aren't the only genres that are starting to mix.—E.A.S

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