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: Mick Jenkins, Lewis Cancut, Knxwledge, and more
01. Lewis Cancut – 'i15' ft Jordan Variant
‘i15’ is a bouncy, bubbly banger from Lewis Cancut, and showcases the Melbourne producer’s ability to expand his already diverse sound. Featuring Jordan Variant on vocals, ‘i15’ moves into new-wave territory, channeling the essence of ’80s groups like Duran Duran but adding a modern EDM spin to the classic sound. The vintage style of the synths and the driving bassline make this cut essential for party playlists.
02. Charbel – ‘Nintendo Games’
Charbel has an old soul for such a young age. The 18-year-old’s smooth, sleek voice is reminiscent of ’90s R&B, and paired with the jazzy instrumental and lyrics about video games, ‘Nintendo Games’ is the perfect slice of nostalgia. With his new project Passion Fruit looking to arrive next week, Charbel’s luscious voice will continue to make waves all throughout summer.
03. Knxwledge – 'MEEK.VOL1_'
On his new EP, producer Knxwledge takes Meek Mill into the realm of Stones Throw Records, pairing the ferocious, machine gun flow of the Philadelphia rapper with the obscure lo-fi beats Knxwledge is known for. Each Meek verse on MEEK.VOl1_ is an excerpt from past freestyles, and shows Knxwledge’s ability to take eclectic samples and chop them into a series of bouncing, boom-bap masterpieces. MEEK.VOL1_ is a unique combination of sounds, that result in a series of undeniable bangers.
04. Kwasi x HFNR – Downtown
Melbourne rapper Kwasi and producer HFNR have linked up once again for their new single ‘Downtown’, perfect for late night driving in the summer. HFNR’s production contains driving drums and percussion reminiscent of Afrobeat and Dancehall music, but is contrasted with some reverb-drenched, moody synths, all while Kwasi switches flows and melodies throughout. It’s this unique take on modern hip-hop, paired with the irresistible catchiness that make Kwasi and HFNR a powerful force in the Australian rap scene.
05. Mick Jenkins – 'or more; the anxious'
Mick Jenkins’ new mixtape is more of a collection of thoughts, then a cohesive series of songs. or more; the anxious is a stream of consciousness arrangement of the ideas and styles Mick Jenkins is exploring in his artistic palette. Jenkins himself as described it as a “smaller context of a larger pool of thoughts“, with this project acting as a kind of prologue to a bigger project that’s on its way. Nonetheless, this mixtape is fire. Mick Jenkins provides bar after bar over a series of jazzy, lo-fi instrumentals, with features coming from fellow Chicago natives like Saba. If you love your hip-hop gloomy, and gutsy, be sure to check out this project.
06. Blackbear – Cybersex
Miami born, Los Angeles based rapper/singer Blackbear’s new album Cybersex finds him delving deeper into the realms of alternative R&B. Crooning over a series of atmospheric, bass-heavy beats, Blackbear explores personal themes of love and his vices, with help from artists like 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, and Cam’Ron. Having worked behind the scenes writing and producing for artists like Justin Bieber and G-Eazy in the past, Cybersex is the ideal project for Blackbear to finally shoot into the limelight.