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.
Young Thug x Future, SOPHIE, B Wise, and more
01. Knxwledge X Anderson Paak remix album
I don’t know about you, but I’m still under the spell of Nxworries’ debut album Yes Lawd from last year. The seamless mix of lo-fi and soul that oozes through Knxwledge production, combined with the smooth, mellow vocals of Anderson Paak makes for the sleekest of musical alchemy. Now a year later, Knxwledge has decided to rework the album, leading with a stripped back rendition of ‘Best One’, that allows Paak to shine, and the soul to thrive. Keep your eye out for the Yes Lawd Remixes album dropping November 17th.
02. Kllo – 'Backwater'
Melbourne duo Kllo float throughout a series of heavenly, pop anthems on their debut album Backwater. The cloudy production provides the perfect backdrop for Chloe Kauls vocals, as she reaches over the atmospheric synths. If you’re in the mood for some dreamy but dancey electro-pop, be sure to give Backwater a spin or two.
03. Future x Young Thug – 'Super Slimey'
What a time to be alive (sans Drake). ATliens Future and Young Thug trojan horsed into hip-hop last week with their collaborative mixtape Super Slimey, and it’s a fruitful basket of bangers. Ranging from lush, beautiful rap ballads, all the way to 808 heavy trap anthems, Future and Young Thug go back and forth with bars, and blast Super Slimey into top 10 lists this year. Travis and Quavo, where you at?
04. SOPHIE – 'It's Okay to Cry'
PC music princess SOPHIE unveiled her new video for the single ‘It’s Okay to Cry’ last Thursday and it’s a motivational ode of pure beauty. The video features SOPHIE on camera for the first time in her career, as she passionately croons over a backdrop of radiant skies, symbolistic of the mellifluous, new-wave sound of the instrumental. Vibrant, enthusiastic, and emotional, SOPHIE has turned a new leaf in her career that’ll inspire the masses.
05. Nai Palm – 'Needle Paw'
Nai Palm of Haitus Kaiyote fame has returned with a new solo album Needle Paw, and it showcases the perplexing, but ravishing talents of the songstress. Needle Paw features a series of covers, reimaginings of Haitus Kaiyote, and original tracks, as she concocts a truly unique mix of folk and neo-soul. If you’re a Hiatus Kiyote fan, or just looking for some abstract balladry, this is for you.
06. B Wise – 'Feel Something'
Sydney wordsmith B Wise brings the energy, the bass, and the bars in his new video for ‘Feel Something’. The video follows B.Wise and his crew throughout the suburbs of South West Sydney as he spits about the sense of community that made him the person he is today. A fiery flow and a massive trap beat makes ‘Feel Something’ the perfect banger for the impending summer season.
07. Yung Lean – 'Skimask'
Yung Lean continues to build hype for his third studio album Stranger with his new single ‘Ski Mask’. The track consists of detuned, minimal synths, and a booming bass line, as Lean’s flow floats perfectly over the glitchy drums. While we still have two weeks before the release of Stranger, the exploration of these new sounds makes us excited for what Lean has in store.
08. Fortunes. – ‘Daddies’
Melbourne-based, New-Zealand born duo Fortunes unleashed a live performance video of their new single ‘Daddies’, showcasing the talent that makes them one of hottest prospects in the Australian music scene right now. The soul drenched billow of synths and deep, propelling bass serve as the perfect backdrop for vocalist Conor McCabe’s passionate, vocals reminiscent of R&B legends like as D’angelo. Be sure to catch the boys at our Melbourne Music week party, which you can get tickets to here.