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Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.

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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. MAWiE - Still Alive ft. Dau Dau

South Sudanese-born, Brisbane based artist MAWiE returns today with a poignant track written straight from the heart. Inspired by current issues around racial prejudice and police brutality, ‘Still Alive’ sees MAWiE address the state of the world and reflect on overcoming adversity. Backed by an A1 verse from Swish Music head honcho Dau Dau, ‘Still Alive’ has a clear message and is a track that begs for a replay. — Cass N.

02. A.GIRL - Lola

Lola is the girl that gets what she wants in West Sydney A.Girl’s very new release (dropped today in-fact), ‘Lola’. The track is sensual and flirtatious, though most of all it disregards haters and challenges them to do better, singing, “Can’t keep up with me / you were bound to be / Just another left behind”. Dropping into a slow tempo, however never faltering in lyrical delivery, the song’s outro becomes a reflective lullaby while still making it known that “What Lola wants, Lola gets.” — Julie F.

03. Hooligan Hefs - All I Know ft. Dimzy

Huge link-ups today as one the biggest names in Western Sydney rap drops his debut EP Living In Sin. Despite UK drill group 67 being known as one of the pioneering acts of the sound, Hefs has also been known to rep the number 67, a reference to his hometown Doonside and its postcode 2767. In a move to silence any haters, Hefs has recruited UK 67 member Dimzy for a guest verse his track ‘All I Know’, further cementing the bond between the Australian and UK drill scene. Hefs brings his usual high-energy bars to the track, while Dimzy balances it well with his signature understated and sinister sound. If you’re a fan of drill, this crossover is a very big moment and sets a high standard for things to come. — Cass N.

04. Headie One - Aint It Different ft. AJ Tracey, Stormzy

Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy over a Red Hot Chilli Peppers sample? 2020 is bonkers. But as you can expect, the trio kill it over the trap beat laced with the melody from ‘Pretty Little Dirty’ (which is also sampled in Crazy Town’s ‘Butterfly’), trading swagger-filled verses. Their stern deliveries juxtapose the groove of the instrumental, and it all morphs together like UK rap Power Rangers to create a beast of a song that’s simultaneously ear-catching, and trunk-knocking.  This is the first single off of Headie One’s forthcoming album Edna, which we’re eager to hear by the end of the year. — Henry O

05. Nardean - Aux Cord (remix) ft. L-Fresh The Lion

Nardean taps L-Fresh The Lion for the remix of her song ‘Aux Cord’, and of course, the results are fire. Nardean’s vocals shimmer with soul over a smooth, atmospheric beat that pinpoints her poetry as the focus. L-Fresh comes through with a passionate delivery and a food-for-thought lyrical tribute to the different cultures that make up his home area of South-West Sydney. The pairing of both prospects is undeniable, and we can only hope to hear more from this duo in the future. — Henry O.

06. Fivio Foreign - 13 Going On 30

Brooklyn Drill superstar Fivio Foreign has been untouchable this year, from a Drake collaboration to landing a spot on the XXL Freshman list, and today the Flatbush native has returned with a taste of his upcoming debut album. ‘13 Going On 30’ is the most personal track we’ve heard from Fivio to date, with some rare insight to the rising artist’s life as he discusses the loss of his mother coinciding with him learning of his impending fatherhood. Don’t get us wrong, this one still slaps but it showcases a different side of Fivio and we’re here for it all. — Cass N.