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Bars: all the music we’re listening to right now

Featuring Lil Pump's drop, Giggs surprise tape, Young Franco's latest single, and more

Posted by Henry Owens

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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.

 

 

01. Young Franco – 'About This Thing' feat. Scrufizzer

 

After Young Franco spent most of 2017 on a globetrotting tour schedule the Brisbane producer is back on the court and ready to slam dunk. His new single ‘About This Thing’ finds Franco teaming up with UK wordsmith Scrufizzer, bringing a deadly mixture of house and grime. Featuring a flurry of synths, a driving bounce, and a deep bassline, ‘About This Thing’ is the perfect concoction that’ll shake from the club floor all the way to the festival stage.

02. Yung Lean – 'Hunting My Own Skin'

 

On ‘Hunting My Own Skin’ Yung Lean explores new territories of introspection. Backed by a sparse, lo-fi trap beat, the Swedish rapper delves into topics like love, lust, and lifestyle, detailing his newly found romance as a mechanism to escape his vices. With his dreamy, melodic vocals, Lean is sounding clearer, and crispier than ever, and with his third studio album Stranger dropping next month, it’s seeming that he’s leaving the Arizona sippin’ adolescent we all knew behind, for a stronger, sleeker emcee.

03. ODESZA – 'Across The Room' feat. Leon Bridges

 

Odesza smashed back onto the scene with their third studio album A Moment Apart last month and now they’ve hit us with the official video for ‘Across The Room’ featuring gospel juggernaut Leon Bridges. The video captures the sweet, soulful essence of the album highlight, as it follows Bridges through a backyard barbecue, and details the familial history of the gathering. The strong, density of the video moves in time with the slow, but stimulating build of the beat, and Bridges’ smooth vocals soar over the top forming an anthem.

04. Duckwrth – 'Michuul.'

 

In the video for his new song ‘Michuul’, Duckwrth channels his inner MJ, but approaches his tribute to the legend as a completely new and unique artist. The californian rapper’s sleek, stylish bars glide over a bouncy, Kaytranada-esque instrumental as he demonstrates his best takes on MJ’s signature moves, and makes them his own. Proclaiming that he might moonwalk on sight, songs like ‘Michuul’ are bound to blast Duckwrth out of this planet, so then he’ll really have to.

05. Miss Blanks – ‘Skinny Bitches’ feat. Moonbase

 

According to Miss Blanks herself, this new single isjust a major all-round f*ck you to eurocentric beauty standards.’ And with a fiery, aggressive delivery, complimented by the booming bass and brass of Moonbase’s production, Blanks makes her point with the middle finger flying high. As we approach the release of her debut EP D.O.A.T (Diary Of A Thotaholic) next month, Miss Blanks is looking to round out the year stomping on all competition, until she stands at the top.

06. Genesis Owusu – 'Sideways'

 

In his new song ‘Sideways’, Genesis Owusu separates himself from the crowd and starts a sound of his own. Featuring production from Simon Marvin and Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kaiyote, the Ghana-born, Canberra-raised rapper approaches the booming, tribal percussion of the instrumental with an off-kilter, hypnotic flow. It’s all paired with some beautiful yet peculiar visuals directed by himself. Heading out on his first official tour this week, Genesis Owusu looks to bring his unique and engrossing demeanour to the stage, and it won’t be long until he’s headed to the stars.

07. Lil Pump

 

There’s no doubt that Lil Pump has taken the internet by storm this year, and finally we get to here his efforts in the form of a full-length LP. Boasting features from blockbuster names such as Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, and Lil Yachty, Pump perfects his simple, yet catchy flow on a series of heavy, distorted trap beats. Not bad for a 16 year old, not bad at all.

08. Giggs – 'Wamp 2 Dem'

 

Giggs has had a massive 2017. Being featured on Drake’s More Life project twice allowed his slow, menacing flow to resonate all around the globe, and with a new surprise mixtape, Giggs is ready to take on the world by his lonesome. Featuring names such as 2 Chainz and Young Thug, Wamp 2 Dem features Giggs finessing his trademark grime sound, but combining it with elements of the Atlanta trap scene, to create something truly different, and absolutely banging.

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