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HEAT OF THE WEEK: APRIL 28
New music from Agung Mango, SL, Rico Nasty, Mog.Y, DSP and more!
01. Sam Truth & Baro Sura - Rainbow Mind
Sam Truth and Baro Sura engulf us in soul with this new cut. Head bop-inducing drum patterns and the undeniable groove of the bassline set the tone, as both artists embark through the spacey atmosphere and triumphant chords with an unfiltered passion. The smoothness that this dynamic duo brings to every passage is bound to an incite a sense of euphoria.
02. Kootsie Don - Lemme Know
Darwin’s Kootsie Don is definitely letting us know with her debut single. Lush guitars hearken back to the sounds of 90s R&B, but the emcee approaches every bar she spits with the swagger and attitude of a modern-day juggernaut. It’s an anthem dedicated to feeling yourself, and we hope to hear more from this prospect soon.
03. DSP - CROSS YOUR MIND
DSP shows a more vulnerable side to himself on this new cut. The Sydney rapper’s baritone voice directs a series of bars that present themself as an open-book, narrating the mistakes made in love, and the determination to continue improving. The instrumental is low-key with mechanholic guitars and a lurking sub bass, pushing DSP’s admirable honestly on this single to the centre of the stage.
04. FendiAlone - FOOLISH
As soon as the four-to-the-floor drums of ‘FOOLISH’ set the tempo, you know you’re in for a catchy time. FendiAlone traverses this rhythym with emotional croons, documenting the happenings of complicated love. This is a track you can club to, but also cry to.
05. Mog.Y, Benny Zenn, Mali Jo$e - SUMTHIN REAL
Mog.Y and Benny Zenn have become a match made in heaven throughout their collaborations. ‘SUMTHIN REAL’ adds to this, as Benny’s sleek assortment of keys and snappy drums serve as the perfect backdrop for Mog.Y’s oddball flows and vocal inflections. Joining them on this track is Mali Jo$e, who once again extends his run of skilful lyricism and contagious swagger.
06. SL - Sydney
SL’s been trotting the globe on tour, a successful run he pays tribute to on his just-released Turbulence EP. ‘Sydney’ is an obvious standout, with an eerie trap beat and SL’s unique cadence encapsulating the crowd-raising energy of his recent slew of shows down under. For those feeling the post-concert blues, this barrage is bound to perk you up.
07. Agung Mango - ALMOST FAMOUS ft. Melody Napoleon
Almost Famous’ finds Agung Mango exploring the highs and lows of life, channelling every moment to continue improving in his journey as an artist and person. You feel a state of limbo through his warbles on the track, as he battles with the hindrance of life’s hurdles, even when he’s so close to grasping his goals. Moody Napoleon appears for the guest verse, contributing to the song’s theme with his style-switching vocal duality. It’s a deep cut, with two of Melbourne’s best in the driver’s seat.
08. Rico Nasty - Turn It Up
‘Turn It Up’ is a testament to how freaking good the Rico Nasty formula is. Her chaotic energy hits in unison with gut-punching 808s, which is a common occurrence in her catalogue but hits every time. Production from 100 Gecs adds a sense of glitchiness to the way this track bounces, and Rico captains this pandemonium with ravenous flows and braggadocious raps.
09. Juwan - Something To Prove
Juwan proves this his lyrical ability belongs on the top pedestal with this latest single. The production, courtest of SOLLYY, polymerises jazzy samples with thumping kicks and rattling hi-hats, providing the perfect base for Juwan to blast off with his flow-switching bars. It’s a masterclass in rapping ability, with a bounce we need to experience live.