Bars is Acclaim’s weekly wrap up of all the music we want you to get in on. Whether it’s new albums, mixtapes, tracks, or videos, we’re here wading through the noise to bring you only the finest happenings in the world of music. Hit the list below to see what we’ve been bumping this week.
Featuring Post Malone's new hit, Moses Sumney's debut album, and Cardi B making history
01. Moses Sumney – 'Aromanticism'
Moses Sumney has dropped his debut album Aromanticism—and it’s bloody stunning. A deer in the headlights of modern love, Sumney ruminates on a society obsessed with the need to ‘find someone’ (think Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’). Sumney’s indifference to the idea of romantic love sees him revel in loneliness, producing the kind of sumptuous, soulful music that leaves one wondering: love, who needs it?
02. Post Malone – ‘Rockstar’
While you’re all procrastinating, Tank decided to put together the instrumental for Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’. Tank wrote it to decompress while studying for a biology final. (Chlorophyll = borophyll, am I right?) The track, which also features 21 Savage, has exploded on the charts. Pump it in the car and pretend to be a rock star. Or a groupie. Whatever you like.
03. Cut Copy – 'Haiku From Zero'
After about four years, Cut Copy are finally back with a new album Haiku From Zero. Just in time for spring, it provides the kind of synth pop hits to get your house party jiving innocently before descending into the dangerous summer kick-ons that ruined your 2016. Central to Haiku From Zero is the idea of escapism, so put on your headphones and forget about your quotidian struggles for a little while.
04. Cardi B – ‘Bodak Yellow’
Cardi B jsut ousted Taylor Swift for the number one spot on the Billboard charts, so bow down because it’s a big deal. She becomes the first female rapper to hit the top since Lauryn Hill in 1998. No doubt you’ve already been bumping this one for months and will be as stoked as we are to see Cardi get some recognition.
05. Hi Tom – ‘365’
Norwegian producer Hi Tom has released a catchy tune that sees him trying to navigate a relationship between technology and the real world. Can’t we have memes and real grass on our feet? Is it possible? I don’t know. Don’t ask me, I just bought a VR headset.
06. Jordan Rakei – ‘Wallflower’
With an effortless mix of jazz, hip-hop, and soul, Jordan Rakeis delivers an album that’s hard to pin-down. The album’s concept stems from his struggles with anxiety and introversion (hence the title). His internal struggles are revealed beautifully in an album introducing all kinds of genre mashups.
07. Badbadnotgood – ‘Confessions PT III [ft. Colin Stetson]’
The saxophone on this track will make your hair stand up. Colin Stetson lends his lips for ‘Confessions PT. III’ and he must’ve made a Faustian pact because there’s some definite wizardry going on here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grooving, but I’m also a little scared. Hear it for yourself.