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

Featuring: Basenji x Tkay, Baro, Cyhi The Prynce, 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. Baro – 'Pretty'

 

Baro unleashed a blockbuster video for his buzzing single ‘Pretty’ over the weekend, encapsulating the smooth, sing-a-long demeanour of the incredibly popular single. The bright, colorful cinematography of the video pairs perfectly with the rushing guitars of the track, as Baro fleshes his singing voice out, sitting in the beautiful in-between of Frank Ocean and King Krule. Matched with the video, there’s no doubt that ‘Pretty’ is a guaranteed summer anthem.

02. J Hus – ‘Bouff Daddy’

 

J Hus throws a sun-drenched pool party in his new video for ‘Bouff Daddy’, perfectly embodying the vibe of this summer anthem. The afrobeat-esque along with J Hus’ lyrics all compliment the flex, as he raps about his Dolce & Gabbana and copious amounts of money. It’s fun, funky, and encapsulates the monstrous 2017 J Hus has had.

03. Lithe – Fervent Gum Remixes

Townsville born, Melbourne based producer Lithe has dropped two new remixes from his Fervent Gum EP that dropped earlier on this year. The release features reworks of ‘Fervent Gum’ and ‘Girmayi’ by producers Partisan and TenTwentySeven, with both producers bringing a new, unique twist to the eclectic, synth shrouded journeys of the Lithe’s original pieces. These gloomy, dystopian-drenched remixes are the perfect additions to an already excellent EP, and are must haves if you’re a fan of eccentric noise and ambient music.

04. Basenji – 'Mistakes' ft. Tkay Maidza

 

Sydney super producer Basenji has teamed up with the one and only Tkay Maidza for ‘Mistakes’, a huge banger that is bound to be in rotation all summer. ‘Mistakes’ at its core, is a love song, but is amplified by the layered synths and arena-ready drums of Basenji, with bass that launches it into guaranteed hit territory. Both artists have been making waves in the Australian scene for years now, but a track like ‘Mistakes’ is bound to resonate beyond our shores.

05. Connor – ‘All Bad’ ft. J.O.N

 

Melbourne producer Connor’s new single ‘All Bad’ is not one to dance to. Featuring singer-songwriter J.O.N, the single delves into topics of broken hearts and relationships, as J.O.N’s vocals flourish over a soundtrack of of moody keys, synths, and strings. ‘All Bad’ perfectly contrasts the arena ready etherealism of his last single ‘Around You’ with Krue, and finds the producer delving into the darkness of lost love, and rising into the ranks of Australia’s best upcoming producers.

06. Villette – ‘Bag of Bones’

 

‘Bag of Bones’ finds Villette stripped back, but soaring. The song finds the Auckland singer delving into self-reflection and an immense feeling of emptiness. Villette’s voice ascends to emotional heights as the minimalistic instrumental pushes her into new realms of balladry, with the drums slowly building suspense, before rising into anthem territory. Everything about ‘Bag of Bones’ is undeniably Villette, and undeniably sets her apart from her contemporaries as she rises to stardom.

07. Hatchie – ‘Sure’

 

Brisbane songstress Hatchie is looking to capture the ears of pop lovers around Australia with her single ‘Sure’. Hatchies faint, but flourishing voice shines through layers of dreamy reverb and acoustic guitars, as she address themes of lost love and heartbreak. Recently signing to Ivy League Records and landing a support slot on Ball Park Music’s 2018 tour, Hatchie’s unique style of shoegaze-esque pop music looks to be one we’ll be hearing a lot more of come next year.

08. Red Bull Music Academy – Diggin’ In The Carts x Street Fighter 2 Remix

 

Red Bull Music Academy hit fans with the Hadouken last week with the Diggin’ In The Carts x Street Fighter 2 Remix challenge. Featuring the likes of Knxwledge, Wavves, Ryan Hemsworth and Asmara, Red Bull Music hit us with 4, glitchy, lo-fi beats that derive from samples of the legendary video game Street Fighter 2. Along with these new cuts, Red Bull Music have also a released a series of samples from Street Fighter 2 for other producers to use, igniting a competition in which the winner scores a Komplete 11 production suite. If you’re producer out there and you’re Chun-Li with the chop, make sure to enter!

09. Cyhi The Prynce – 'No Dope on Sundays'

 

Finally, after seven years of making fans wait, Cyhi The Prynce has released his debut album No Dope On Sundays. The album is everything you’d expect from Cyhi—wit, wordplay, and introspection over a series of sleek, soulful instrumentals. Enlisting G.O.O.D Music labelmates Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and Travis Scott for features, along with aritsts like Schoolboy Q and Estelle. Cyhi’s No Dope On Sundays is incredibly dope, even on Sundays.

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