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New music from A.Girl, A$AP Rocky, Kwame, Chanel Loren and more!

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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!

01. A$AP Rocky - Shittin Me

ASAP Rocky’s ‘Shittin Me’ creates the feeling of belligerent swerving lanes; fitting as it derives from his contributions to latest Need For Speed game. The rapper’s flows sit atop a harsh trap beat punctuated with detuned synths, and there’s no traffic lights throughout that hinder this track’s chaotic bounce.

02. Chanel Loren - F4U

Chanel Loren bares all on ‘F4U’, as she channels a side of her that explores intimacy, strength and vulnerability. It opens with haunting, chorus-like harmonies, immediately transporting you to another plain before her soothing vocals on the verse bring you back to Earth. It’s a sincere and sultry R&B track that showcases Loren’s ability to bring the listener into her world, the best way she knows how.

03. PinkPantheress - Boy's a Liar

‘Boy’s a Liar’ is a pensive track that sees PinkPantheress questioning the integrity of her lover. With co-production credits by Mura Masa, the two create a bubbly, dream-pop track that is airy and fun in sound, but tackles something a lot deeper in its dialogue. Finding a perfect balance between the two is no easy feat, but PinkPantheress never fails to nail it, allowing the soundscapes and lyrics to conflict each other the same way her feelings do.

04. Kwame - 2much

Kwame’s ‘2much’ is a true testament to his versatility. A synth bass loop and slow-moving drums highlight this multi-faceted artist’s autotuned croons, as his unabashed emotion cuts through the wooziness of this understated cut. It appears on his new EP thatboykwame, which you can stream now.

05. King Ivy - Paranoid

Queensland might have found its next big star in King Ivy. The Brisbane newcomer shows natural charisma on his smooth new track ‘Paranoid’, a well-polished blend of R&B and fuzzy bedroom pop reminiscent of Steve Lacy and Still Woozy. It’s a big yes from us. Remember we said that in a year from now.

06. Latto - FTCU ft. GloRilla & Gangsta Boo

Big Latto is back in the cut, enlisting one of 2022’s breakout stars, GloRilla; The Memphis rapper assists Latto and brings her hometown spirit to this homage to Gangsta Boo and Three 6 Mafia’s Memphis classic ‘Tear The Club Up 97’. IYKYK, but even if you don’t—it’s not hard to tell that this is Southern rap excellence. Club owners are literally shaking in their boots rn.

07. A.Girl - Do It Again

West Sydney hard-hitter A.Girl does it again on her latest single, her penmanship and buttery vocals detailing a story of love and loyalty. Despite the organic R&B sonics rooted in the production, the atmosphere created makes you feel like you’re being let in on a secret. It’s intimate and alluring, and a delicate dive into a more personal realm for A.Girl.

08. KVKA - Hooch

Melbourne-via-New Zealand rapper KVKA returns with a vibrant and eclectic trap heater. The track showcases some of KVKA’s melodic intricacies as he plays a game of cat and mouse with the vocoder, creating a brain-melting extra-terrestrial atmosphere while still carrying that signature punch-in-the-face delivery we’ve come to know him for. It’s part of a double-release Test Press: 1 alongside ‘Alone Again’.

09. Dera Meelan - DO SOMETHING ft. Church

Dera Meelan harnesses a true sense of pandemonium on ‘DO SOMETHING’. Crushing drum & bass patterns start us off, before the voyage takes a left turn in the form of head bop-inducing trap drums. The constant is a haunting vocal sample that polymerises the contrasting styles with its brooding presence. Of course, the off-kilter nature of this instrumental is no challenge for Church, as he spirals threw flow-switches and swagger-rich bars with ease.

010. Madengo - Ikebe ft. Terri

Melbourne DJ Madengo is well known as a selector in his city, with his longstanding dedication to spinning Hip-Hop, R&B, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Afro House and more. His new single ‘Ikebe’ is a link-up with Nigerian artist Terri, who adds colourful hooks to this blend of afrobeats and Amapiano that’s sure to get the club bouncing.