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.
Featuring: Rejjie Snow, SOPHIE, Joji, and more
01. Rejjie Snow – 'Dear Annie'
We’ve been waiting for Rejjie Snow’s debut album for a long time and it did not disappoint. Dear Annie finds the Irish rapper spitting flurries of bars about love and lust over a collection jazz inspired hip-hop beats, with some flourishes of soul, funk, and disco implemented as well. Rejjie’s smooth baritone bars stand out, intriguing the listener as he tells personal stories. It’s an album of emotion that inspires different feelings in the listener and will have them singing, dancing, and sobbing along the way.
02. Reiis - ‘Move On’
Melbourne rapper Reiis is coming off a huge 2017, bringing his high energy, distorted demeanour all around Australia. However, ‘Move On’ signifies his growth over the year, showcasing passion, and vulnerability. The fluttering samples strike softly and lusciously, while the rumbling 808 packs a fist full of punch. With a new EP slated to drop in the nearby future, look out for a new Reiss.
03. Kero Kero Bonito – 'TOTEP'
After debuting their exploration into the realms of noise and indie, Kero Kero Bonito strike yet again with a surprise four track EP. TOTEP EP is Kero Kero Bonito’s quests to increase their taste palette, with each song having a different flavour. Cuts like ‘The One True Path’ are riddled with deep disco-esque basslines, while others like ‘Cinema’ see them approaching their signature glitch-pop sound in more of a somber manner. It’s almost like a fresh start for Kero Kero Bonito, but with all the same fun that their previous music reeks of.
04. Swan Lingo – 'Wonder What'
Swan Lingo isn’t making your typical style of hip-hop. But that’s more than fitting when you’re a part of the eclectic WeDidIt collective. Wonder What is a spacey, melancholic collection of crooned love rap, as Swan Lingo murmurs through tales of lust and heartbreak. It’s almost shoegaze in sound, as producers like Shlohmo and D33J contribute to the melancholic aesthetic with gloomy, reverberated synths. It’s a distinct unique style, but it’s one you can’t help but love.
05. SOPHIE – ‘Faceshopping’
SOPHIE continues to drop teaser tracks as if waiting for her new album hasn’t been hard enough already. ‘Faceshopping’ is the latest in her slew of bangers with her signature style of hard-nosed 808s and glittering synths continuing to flourish. The tracks switches it up in the second half, transitioning into an orchestra of dreamy pads and the soulful vocals of Cecile Believe, making for an anthemic ending to a blockbuster of a single.
06. Rina Sawayama – ‘Valentine (What’s It Gonna Be)’
‘Valentine (What’s It Gonna Be)’ is an ode to the worst parts of love. However, this isn’t a tune riddled with melancholy, it’s a bombastic, earworm of a cut riddled with basslines, synth melodies, and ’90s pop drum patterns, courtesy of Clarence Clarity. ‘Valentine (What’s It Gonna Be)’ is a cut about owning your loneliness and Rina makes it sound so damn good.
07. Joji – 'In Tongues (Deluxe)
Joji left the filth and the frank behind last year when he paired up with 88Rising to release his In Tongues EP. It was a lo-fi collection of heartbreak pop and found Joji both standing out and growing up. Now he’s released a deluxe edition of In Tongues featuring remixes and reimaginings from Ryan Hemsworth, Lapalux, Lunice, and more. These new mixes change the vibe of the project completely with Ryan Hemsworth’s remix of ‘Will He’ relying on a horror film-esque instrumental, and Lunice’s remix of ‘Demons’ transforming the song completely into an ominous EDM blockbuster. If it wasn’t for Joji’s solemn vocals this deluxe edition of In Tongues would feel like an entirely different project.