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New Music Roundup: Healy, GNRA & STWO

Reverberating, reggae-tinged and remixed tracks.

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healy, "SLALOM"

The first few times I heard tracks from healy, I remember thinking he sounded like the Citizen Cope of rap. "SLALOM" is way more sing-songy, but still with hip-hop tendencies; the timing of his delivery reminds me of Dej Loaf's "Try Me"; his higher vocal register is reminiscent of Bieber, and the whole thing sits in the same pocket as Post Malone's "White Iverson," but there's something about the production on this track (co-mixed by healy, himself) that makes it seem to have a way longer shelf life then the aforementioned ones; like, I don't see myself growing nearly as tired of it in as little time. There's reverberating keyboard chords and bubbly, muffled pings, and clever little storytelling lines like this one: "Tell my mom that I majored in the weekend/ sittin', meditatin' about my problems/ I never flaunt 'em/ but all the homies chasing rings like they wan' be Gollum." —Danielle Cheesman

GNRA, "I Won't Leave"

Dancehall music is in right now; a movement that has re-emerged thanks to Rihanna's "Work" and Drake's "One Dance" singles. Remember, the keyword in this sentence is re-emerged because we went through this phase 10 years ago. Everyone was winding their hips to Beenie Man's "King of the Dancehall" and Sean Paul's "Temperature." While some songs back then were more of an acquired taste, today's artists have built a wider appreciation for this genre, especially for younger millennials and Gen Z listeners who didn't experience that movement. Upcoming artists like GNRA continue to build on this wave with songs like "I Won't Leave." His voice is undeniably pleasing to the ears, adding a soulful vibe to the reggae-tinged single, and while it can certainly appease dancehall-crazed fans, it'll still serve as a good 101 for new listeners. —Erin Ashley Simon

Roy Wood$, "Jealousy (Stwo Remix)"

French producer STWO has just shared the remix for OVO Sound signee and singer Roy Wood$' track "Jealousy." So what's the difference between this mix and the original track? Well, while the first version is softer; the remix is bass-heavy, with a harder drum-kick and additional background chords that provide an entirely different feeling. Just like how jealousy has two faces, so does this single; first, a softer side and then an angrier, hard-hitting personality. Yikes! —E.A.S.

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