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New music from ONEFOUR, Elsy Wameyo, Vince Staples, Don Toliver and more!

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Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week for May 17, 2024. Here are our favourite new releases from Australia and around the world this week — Follow our playlist here for updates of the best new music every single Friday.

01. Don Toliver - Attitude ft. Charlie Wilson, Cash Cobain

This new Don Toliver song has a lot going on. The production pairs psychedelic synths, rumbling bass, and looping vocal chops from Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s ‘Beautiful’. Don and Cash Cobain create a woozy atmosphere with their autotuned flexing, and Charlie Wilson’s voice illuminates the dark, dystopian nightclub this song sounds like it was made for. It’s a weird earworm, but it definitely works.

02. ONEFOUR - Natural Habitat

Big banger alert! ONEFOUR are going crazy on ‘Natural Habitat’. The production is hard-hitting, featuring menacing pianos, massive 808s, and some Memphis rap-inspired vocal chops. The boys come through with high-octane energy, delivering their slicing bars in barrages.

03. Elsy Wameyo - Umva

Elsy Wameyo is absolutely snapping on ‘Umva’. Her flows are urgent and in-your-face, sliding atop some explosive drill-like 808s. The production has some truly epic proportions, with massive vocal chants and an icy ambience making this song feel like one that is destined for arenas. It’s another level-up from an already world class local artist.

04. Nauti - Crash Dummy Music ft. Duke Deuce

Auckland meets Memphis in this hazy trunk-knocker. The production is fittingly dusty, sounding something you’d hear off an old Tommy Wright III tape. Nauti and Duke Deuce rap their asses off, slicing through the haziness with a series of triplet flows. It’s a global link-up that’s suited to both kicking back, and turning up.

05. Central Cee - BAND4BAND ft. Lil Baby

‘BAND4BAND’ is Central Cee at his best. He fires off frenzies over an eerie UK drill beat, basking in his own braggadocio. Lil Baby pops up for a verse here with slick, autotuned flows making him the perfect feature to go back and forth with on this bouncy display of money talk.

06. Vince Staples - Shame On The Devil

‘Shame On The Devil’ combines struggle and sunshine. The production’s bright guitar jangles and dreamy atmosphere illuminates the vulnerability in Vince Staples’ lyrics, as he navigates his lows on a journey to find some light at the end of the tunnel. It appears on the rapper’s new album Dark Times, which you can stream now.

07. Blxst - Risk Taker ft. Offset

This new Blxst song is bound to get you moving. Afrobeat-like drum patterns create an infectious rhythm. The pianos are warm and vibrant, creating a feel-good atmosphere. Blxst’s melodies are as ear-catching as usual, and Offset rises to the occasion with some impressive vocal chops of his own. It’s a bop!

08. Jada Weazel - Send My Love

‘Send My Love’ is the smooth dose of R&B we’ve been waiting on from Jada Weazel. There are some house elements in the production, showcasing glossy synths and thumping bass. Jada Weazel’s voice floats atop passages of soul-rich singing. It’s a mellow cut to bring your weekend in with.

09. 0800 - WHO RUN IT

0800 open up their new EP GET RIGHT with the utmost hype. ‘WHO RUN IT’ is fast-paced and frantic, combining the Neptunes-like production with quick-hitting rap flurries. It’s one that’ll raise your energy levels and serve as the perfect introduction to this Auckland collective.

010. PinkPantheress - Turn it up

This new PinkPantheress song sounds like the audio equivalent of a sugar rush. It’s jam-packed with bubbly keys and synths that weave into eachother, creating a colourful whirlwind. The singer’s voice switches between softly sung verses and warbles that burst through autotune. It’s a peculiar cut, but it’s undeniably catchy.