Weekly updates:



New music from ENNY, Central Cee, Craigiewave, Big Skeez and more!

Posted by

Weekly updates

Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week. Here are our picks for the best new local and international releases — Don’t forget to follow our Spotify playlist too, it’s updated every Friday.

01. Central Cee - Little Bit Of This

Capitalising on the success of his mixtape Wild West, Central Cee returns with his latest single ‘Little Bit of This’, and that iron is now burning. It’s a reiteration of the West London rapper’s undeniable swagger, as he floats effortlessly over a hard-hitting drill beat with flow-switch ups, confident flexing, and the sense of hunger that’s propelled him to the top of the scene. As fans, we will take a little bit of this, and selfishly hope for a lot more before the year ends. 

02. Craigiewave — WhatUThink

‘WhatUThink’ is one of many songs Craigiewave recorded throughout the 2020 lockdown, and it’s a track perfectly suited for outside functions. The Melbourne artist’s deep but melodic voice soars over an atmospheric bed of UK Garage-influenced production courtesy of Hancoq, rich with reverberated synths, smooth chords, and a club-ready tempo. To answer the question posed in the song’s title: we think it’s pretty damn good. 

03. Mahalia - Whenever You’re Ready

This new Mahalia single takes inspiration from Montell Jordan’s ‘Get It On Tonight’, and has resulted in a throwback, 90s-esque R&B track. The Leicester songstress showcases her vocal range over fast-paced production laced with the stylings of flamenco guitars and a poignant bassline. Without a doubt, this track is ready for your one-two step.

04. DoloRRes - D.T.R

DoloRRes creates a unique, stylistic world on ‘D.T.R’, introducing you to the universe of his upcoming debut EP It’s All Happening Somewhere Else. Commanded by euphoric guitar strums and synth flourishes, the track creates the feeling of driving in the hills, with each switch-up signifying a different section of scenery in your travels. DoloRRes’ delivery over the top is reminiscent of an unabashed sing-a-long on a road trip, as his melodies sing to the tune of the sonic ranges that surround the road he quests on. It’s a satisfying mix of rap, pop, and indie that establishes this Melbourne artist as one to watch in the ever-growing Australian scene. 

05. Enny - Under 25

‘Under 25’ is an immediate standout off Enny’s newly-released EP of the same name, and finds her reminiscing on the past in a heartfelt manner. She tells a tale of her highs and lows through an array of styles, switching between raps, low-key melodies, and passionate passages of croon, all of which fit perfectly together over the sincerity of the Jazzy instrumental. It’s a timeline of Enny’s journey and a testament to her hard work and dedication to her craft. 

06. Bipolar Sunshine - Gone

‘Gone’ is a song rooted in the duality of Bipolar Sunshine’s talent. The lyrics detail the inner-conversation we all have when it comes to what we are willing to do for our love interest, and the Manchester-born artist takes these thoughts and forms them into a high-energy anthem. Throughout this turmoil, he seamlessly traverses through rave-ready synths, ambient soundscapes, and percussion-heavy drum patterns, with a passionate delivery ringing with the catchiness of pop, and serving as the pathfinder throughout the diverse terrain.

07. Big Skeez - No Trace

‘No Trace’ is a late-night, break-up ballad propelled by a dance-ready tempo. Swick, who handles the production, garnishes the afro-beat-inspired drum patterns with somber synths, providing the perfect contrast for Skeez’s heartfelt, soulful vocals. With a relatable concept and roof-raising instrumental, this track is the perfect soundtrack for moving on and moving to the dancefloor. 

08. Hearteyes - BUSTDOWNENTRAILS ft. CouCou Chloe & Brodinski

Speaking on ‘BUSTDOWN ENTRAILS’, Hearteyes explains “The song toes the line between fantasy and reality – a protagonist unable to define and differentiate their actions in either world.” No other words can explain the chaotic limbo of the single better, as it blasts into a noise-heavy pandemonium created by acclaimed French producer Brodinksi. The Sydney rapper experiments with his voice over the top, delivering his bars through tuned-down and high-pitched filters. COUCOU CHLOE also makes an appearance here, delivering a short but sinister passage, before the song leads into a breakdown bound to inspire mosh pits.

09. BBG Smokey - High Speed Red Lights

BBG Smokey strikes with ‘High Speed Red Lights’, a heartfelt trap ballad that reiterates the talent of the 66 Records roster. The song is filled with emotive pianos, a choir sample, and bellowing 808s, providing the perfect backdrop for Smokey to reminisce on his struggles through life and romance while celebrating the success he’s achieving today. The vulnerability of his soliloquies is enhanced by a touching melodic delivery, adding reality to every bar he croons.

010. CG Fez - On Sight

Western Sydney’s CG Fez flexes his versatile skills in this new single, pairing his aggressive, confident bars with R&B-tinged croons on the hook. His diverse delivery is backed by a slow but heavy instrumental, filled with guitar passages, orchestra samples, and gliding 808s. With ‘On Sight’, CG Fez should be on your radar.