Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.
01. Agung Mango - Little Bum
Agung Mango gets heavy on his latest offering ‘Little Bum’, further cementing himself as one of the exciting new artists rising up from Melbourne’s ripe underground scene. The track sees Mango link with fellow lockdown-city creative Dolorres, who bodies the production duties with huge nods to Pharrell Williams’ iconic N.E.R.D project (remember ‘Lapdance’?) Agung does an awesome job of transporting us back to 2001 with no shortage of fresh vocal ideas being thrown at this supremely addictive beat. — Cass N.
02. Leikeli47 - Zoom
Leikeli47’s ‘Zoom’ has that off-key intro that you associate with horror movies. It’s slightly eerie, slightly demonic, sounding like something that would come out the mouths of the twins from The Shining. In song form, of course. With a pulled-back backbeat, Leikeli47’s effortless flow does all the work, honing a winning formula of simple but catchy. To top it off, the habbo hotel-inspired music video sees the young rapper highway-bound in a top-down convertible, shooting down militaristic robots in video-game style. What more could you want? — Julie F.
03. Cordae - Gifted ft. Roddy Ricch
He may have dropped YBN from his name, but he hasn’t dropped the ball. Cordae is back with his celebratory single ‘Gifted’, where he goes back and forth with 2020 standout Roddy Ricch, trading raps and melodies. The song tells the tale of the come up, and flexes the accomplishments both artists have accumulated, despite the doubters. It’s a page-turning anthem of both gratitude and braggadocio, leading into a new chapter of the Cordae chronicles. — Henry O.
04. Dutchavelli - Bando Diaries
UK artist Dutchavelli has had a huge 2020, with a standout verse on Tion Wayne’s ‘I Dunno’ and tracks like ‘Burning’ and ‘Only If You Knew’ marking him as one of the hottest artists in the UK scene. Today, Dutchavelli drops a brand new single titled ‘Bando Diaries’. It’s a fairly straight-up UK drill joint, but Dutch spits with a conviction that puts him ahead of the pack. I couldn’t help but catch a line where Dutchavelli says “Retaliation is a must”—echoing the words of OneFour member YP on their track ‘The Message’—could it be that our own Australian drill scene is having an influence on its UK counterpart? Eetswa if true. — Cass N.
05. JessB - Bullseye
Upbeat and quick-talking, ‘Bullseye’, the intro track to JessB’s hard-hitting EP 3 Nights In Amsterdam, lays the foundations for a dance-inspired, unapologetic 6-song release. Honing her signature bass-heavy sound, the track emanates a powerful female energy. One of not giving a fuck but delivered in proper JessB decorum. Out today the project, recorded in 3 days and nights in Amsterdam, brings a sound lacking in the Australiasian region, borrowed from our European counterparts, and reimagined by JessB. It’s a sound that pulls from her past achievements but is firmly adopted in this latest release, indeed hitting ‘like a bullseye’. — Julie F
06. Shadow - No Guts No Glory
Shadow is coming for heads yet again on this new single. Over drill-inspired 808s and a dreamy choir sample, the Perth-based emcee maintains a stern, confident flow with witty one-liners like “Got me losing my mind like Dory”. It’s accompanied by a night time-crawling video shot outside a food store; an allegory for how Shadow eats up this goddamn beat. — Henry O.