Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week. Here are our picks for the best new local and international releases — Follow our playlist here for weekly updates of the best new music!
New music from Babyface Mal, PANIA, MELODOWNZ, Jesswar and more!
01. PANIA - MY CREW
PANIA’s melodies are immediatley infectious on ‘MY CREW’. The song serves an ode to looking good, as she toggles through a litany of references to the life of the luxury, and how her entourage eptiomizes this lifestyle. Scattered percussion and guitar strums create a sound that she thrives upon, with a confident cadence and an undeniable swagger.
02. Young6ix - Spin It ft. Section60, Namz60
‘SPIN IT’ is a chaotic spiral of drill. Young6ix commands the track with his usual grit, letting off fierce flows over the wobbling 808s and urgent hi-hats. Section60 and Namz60 feature here, bouncing off the instrumental with their bars, and showcasing determination in their delivery.
03. Human Movement – House Check ft. Big Skeez
His name is Human Movement, and he’s bound to get you moving. The power of ‘House Check’ comes from its thumping basslines providing an undeniable bounce, and a tempo that traverses at a rave-ready speed. Big Skeez lends his energetic raps to the cut, effortlessly flowing over this electronic frenzy. The song serves as a taste of Human Movement’s forthcoming EP Bad Habits, due to arrive on the 30th of September.
04. MELODOWNZ - BAD
MELODOWNZ’ ‘BAD’ comes right out the gate with catchiness. The rapper’s seamless flow switches recoil off the West Coast stylings of the thumping bass hits, making this track a club-ready display of his hard-to-match knack for raps. MELODOWNZ’ stock continues to go up.
05. Babyface Mal - Ya Rab
Babyface Mal’s ‘Ya Rab’ pays homage to his Arabic heritage, pairing the sounds of Middle Eastern music with an in-your-face drill tempo. Drums crash, sub-bass booms, and percussion rattles throughout, with the Melbourne rapper sounding right at home as he uses swagger-rich flows to punctuate this ambitious, forward-thinking single. It’s a club-ready display of Mal’s multi-faceted talents.
06. Mali Jo$e - CLOUDS
‘CLOUDS’ demonstrates MALI JO$E versatility. The laid-back beat lurks in the background, making room for the rapper’s passionate passages, where he finds food for thought in a journey through introsepction. The hook finds JO$E jumping into his melodic bag, punctuating every moment of vulnerability with catchy autotuned croons.
07. KYE - Bossin'
The fast-moving rhythm of ‘BOSSIN’ sets the tone for this track to be an R&B anthem destined for sing-a-longs. KYE’s smooth warbles shine atop the housey production, with the concept of celebrating herself resulting in a feel-good earworm.
08. Jesswar - HEFTY
‘HEFTY’ jumps out at you with drums destined to inspire head-bumps. Piano loops linger over bellowing 808s, serving as the perfect backdrop for JESSWAR’s smooth flows and stern attitude. It’s set to appear on their forthcoming mixtape Life’s Short, Live Big, which lands on the 23rd of September.
09. Winston Surfshirt - Of Another Kind ft Milan Ring, Jerome farrah
‘Of Another Kind’ is an excellent display of smooth jazz and sun-soaked soul. Vibrant keys and groovy basslines persist throughout, with Winston’s sleek vocals floating in the euphoric atmosphere. Milan Ring and Jerome Farrah also both appear for verses, vehemently lending their respecitve styles to the song’s effortless radiance.
010. Lil Tjay - Beat The Odds
‘Beat The Odds’ finds Lil Tjay gracious of the adversity he’s faced. The track finds him at his most personal, revealing some of the struggles he’s had to overcome, and opening up about the highly publicised shooting he survived earlier this year. His passion is projected through the signature croons he’s become known for, but hit harder than ever as he turns through the pages of his open-book bars.