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

Featuring: Miguel, N.E.R.D., HVNCOQ, 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. Miguel – 'War & Leisure'

 

R&B megastar Miguel aims to take you on a trip back to the ’90s with his new album War & Leisure. Armed with vintage keys, driving basslines, and distorted guitars Miguel drifts away from the somber tones of his last LP WIldheart. The San Pedro singer explores sounds of funk, soul ,and blues, resulting in style that sounds like a mixture Lenny Kravitz and Frank Ocean. There’s all of that while sporting features from contemporary giants like Travis Scott and J.Cole. With 2017 coming to a close Miguel is here giving you a reason to revise your end of year lists.

02. Deer- –‘Selfish Behaviours/On My Own’

 

Melbourne’s Deer hits us with a double punch on his new release ‘Selfish Behaviours/On My Own’. These two new cuts feature the electronic producer delving into territories of melancholia, piling synth on synth with distorted bass and subtle autotuned vocals. ‘Selfish Behaviours/On My Own’ signifies a new direction for Deer, stepping out from behind the boards and utilizing his soft, sweet vocals to bare his soul.

03. HVNCOQ – ‘Blackout’

 

HVNCOQ’s new single ‘Blackout’ perfectly contrasts the playful vibes of ‘Out of My Mind’ with a strong statement and an aggressive flow. On this new cut the New-Zealand born, Melbourne-raised rapper criticises the media for its discriminatory stigma against young Africans, not only in Australia but in every westernised country. There’s an important message throughout HNVCOQ’s lyrics that, paired with the trap-inspired 808s and percussion from producer Wolfi, make it a banger garnished with consciousness.

04. N.E.R.D – ‘1000’ ft Future

 

This song is chaotic. If you’ve ever dreamed of a fusion between punk, rap, and house with reggae samples and a hook by Future then ‘1000’ will 100% be for you. However, for the rest of us? We’re still figuring out how the hell something so out there can bang so hard. N.E.R.D’s new album No_One Ever Really Dies is slated to drop next week. We have no idea what to expect but we’re excited.

05. Kuzich – 'Innervisions (ft. Mei Saraswati)'

 

Perth producer and multi-instrumentalist Kuzich explores the obscure corners of R&B with his new single ‘Innervisions’. The track teams up with with Mei Saraswati and features a flurry of keys and stringed instruments, all in which sit behind Saraswati’s soulful, psychedelic vocals. Kuzich’s new EP Dawn Chorus is slated for a release February 2018 via Ta-ku’s new label 823 Records. If you’re looking to expand your sonic horizons in the most eclectic of ways than look no further than this new single.

06. Mallory Merk – ‘Shadow Dance’

 

Mallory Merk has come a long way from making Drake covers on Garageband. However, the singer/model’s new single ‘Shadow Dance’ still manages to capture an unimpressionable DIY charm. Featuring a Queen Of The Damned inspired video in the desert, the eerie, lo-fi instrumental paired with Merk’s faintly hypnotizing vocals make for the sounds of a homemade superstar. Let’s hope more singles (and the Drake covers) come our way soon.

07. Smerz – ‘Have Fun’

 

Norwegian duo Smerz continue to make waves in electronic music scene with new single ‘Have Fun’. The skeletal production and whispered vocals make for a sense of etherealism, while the detuned synths, and bouncing bass lines are reminiscent of ’80s new wave. There’s a reason why Smerz continue to dominate their lane and ‘Have Fun’ shows that their tides are only rising.

08. DRAM – ‘Silver Bells (ft. Big Baby Mom)'

 

Still not in the Christmas spirit? Will let us guide you there with assistance from hip-hop’s biggest baby, DRAM. The Virginia-raised rapper/singer has teamed up with his mother Big Bay Mom to deliver a warm rendition of ‘Silver Bells’. On this duet, DRAM and his mother pump excessive amounts of alacrity into this classic Christmas song, harmonizing in a playful and beautiful way.

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