HEAT OF THE WEEK: FEB 12
Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.
01. Slowthai - Terms ft. Dominic Fike & Denzel Curry
Slowthai’s sophomore album Tyron is a 2-sided, movie-like opus, and ‘terms’ with Dominic Fike and Denzel Curry is without a doubt a blockbuster moment. The production, courtesy of JD. Reid, Kenny Beats, and Mount Kimbie spiral through deep bass tones, ominous keys, and warped synths. Dominic Fike handles an arena-ready hook, Denzel adds down-tuned, Tommy Wright-Esque passages, and Slowthai ponders the downsides of stardom. It’s a jam-packed, ambitious anthem serving as another testament to Slowthai’s unabashed creativity.
02. Planet Giza - Rocky Road ft. Cousin Stizz
Montreal’s Planet Giza come prepared with gloomy synths, heavy 808s, and catching melodies on this new joint ‘Rocky Road’ for a sound that’s late-night lurking and moshpit-ready. Joining them on this one is Boston prospect Cousin Stizz, who provides a hazy, menacing verse that compliments the smoothness of the Montreal trio. It’s a straight-to-the-point, heavy bellow of an anthem that’s bound to become a staple in your playlist.
03. Headie One - Siberia ft. Burna Boy
Headie One’s leaving no room for a breath after a massive 2020, dropping a deluxe edition of his debut studio album Edna. An instant highlight in this new collection of tracks is ‘Siberia’ with Nigerian megastar Burna Boy, which pairs cold flows with warm murmuring guitars. Headie One, could be heading to number one with this one.
04. Erica Banks - Buss It (Remix) ft. Travis Scott
Erica Banks initiates a Texas link up with La Flame for a new rendition of her TikTok-viral single ‘Buss It.’ The track that took over the internet is now equipped with a versatile, hungry verse from Travis right after the beginning of the Nelly sample while still maintaining the heavy drops, dance-ready energy, and undeniable fire of the original.
05. Becca Hatch - Please U ft. Planet Vegeta
West Sydney songstress Becca Hatch is soaring to a new level in this fast, swirling single. Her soulful vocals surf over the driving drum lines, keys, and synths with Kelly Slater-level precision. At the same time, Planet Vegeta seamlessly switches between raps and harmonies, enhancing the already high-level sense of euphoria. It’s essential listening for any late-night drive rounding out this Summer season.
06. JPEGMAFIA - Panic Room
JPEGMAFIA’s new project EP2 is a collection of what he describes as “triumphant introvert music” and PANIC ROOM! contains the energy of a caffeinated producer pushing the boundaries of his style. Pulsating basslines, glitchy percussion, and obscure synths ballroom dance around Peggy’s stream of consciousness autotuned flow before reaching the abrupt ending of isolated guitar strumming. As soon as you think you know JPEG, he expands the frame of his infinite styles.
07. Jesswar - Medusa
The title for this new Jesswar makes a lot of sense; this new joint is stone-hard! Producer Dopant Beats lays out a heavy horn section and crushing 808s, making the Brisbane rapper’s stern, confident flows flourish. It’s the first taste of her upcoming EP TROPIXX, which drops on March 5th.
08. Tazzy - Vybe
This new Tazzy joint’s greatness is explained entirely within the title; it’s truly is a vibe! The Sydney songwriter flexes her passionate vocals over cloudy, atmospheric production, making this the perfect pivotal moment as the club heads into its slow after-hours jams.
09. True Vibenation - More Than You'll Ever Know ft A.Girl
Please, go out to the park or clean your house to this new True Vibenation and A.Girl single. It’s an inspiring, heart-warming dose of soul, gospel, and R&B backed by the sunshine-Esque big-band feel of horns, guitars, and keys, with emotional vocals and lyrics about the simple joys of love. It’s sing-a-long ready and smooth to the point of a smile!
010. Inferno ft. Feeemo - Keep It Moving
West Sydney prospect enlists Manchester spitter Feeemo for this in-your-face, roof-raising banger. The production (courtesy of PAX) pairs a horn sample with barraging 808s and a drill-tempo for a menacing sound for both rappers to get bar-heavy on, with Inferno proclaiming his blossoming rise in the Australian scene. There’s no doubt these fellas are keeping it moving, and the only direction is up!