HEAT OF THE WEEK: JAN 28
New music from Central Cee, Zheani, Gucci Mane, Audrey Nuna and more!
01. Nooky - Run Dingo ft. iamsolo
Nooky’s ‘Run Dingo’ is an eye-opening look into the prejudice that plagues our country. He delves into his experience with trauma and the fear of his daughter having to live through the same injustices. His powerful bars transition into a solemnly sung hook from I.AmSolo, with the “Run Dingo Run” refrain taking inspiration from Black Allen Barker’s song of the same name. It coincides with his newly-launched program We Are Warriors, which you can learn more about here.
02. Jamaica Moana - CYA
Jamaica Moana’s ‘CYA’ is a dance-floor ready banger filled with swagger. The Sydney-based artist commands the bouncy, synth-heavy beat with attitude, weaving confident bars and an ear-catching cadence into 2-and-a-half minutes of rap excellence. It’s fun, it’s frantic, and a display of Moana’s ability to pen a lyrical frenzy.
03. Gucci Mane - Rumours ft. Lil Durk
Gucci Mane and Lil Durk slam onto ‘Rumors’ with ruthless aggression. The track is produced by Tay Keith, who pairs strings, brass, and heavy 808s for an early 2000s Memphis-esque bop. Guwop and Durkio do what they do best over the top, rapping with stern flows and undeniable confidence.
04. Zheani - Napalm
Zheani’s ‘Napalm’ is chaotic. An eerie, industrial beat roars in the background, as her seamless switches between melodies and atmosphere-cutting screams feel like a call to arms for a mosh pit. It’s a dark, aggressive display of her incomparable individuality.
05. Audrey Nuna - Changes
Audrey Nuna’s ‘Changes’ reflects the rollercoaster of this track. It starts with spacious R&B, before transitioning into smooth, laid-back raps over a beat that feels like it belongs in The Matrix. It appears on the deluxe edition of her project a liquid breakfast, which you can stream now.
06. Denzel Curry - Walkin
Denzel Curry is back, and on this victory lap, he’s walking. The song starts with a traditional boom-bap style beat, before transitioning into a heavy dose of soul-infused trap, all conducted by producer Kal Banx. Denzel uses this multifaceted beat to both flex and reflect, showing both his vulnerable and visceral side.
07. Amber Mark - Bliss
Amber Mark’s ‘Bliss’ is a soothing dose of R&B; perfect for this rainy Friday afternoon. A funk-infused bassline swirls over analog drum patterns and faint keys, providing plenty of space for Amber to move into luscious melodies and soaring falsettos. It appears on her project Three Dimensions Deep, which you can stream now.
08. TYPEBOYS - Came Out The Womb
TYPEBOYS’ ‘CAME OUT THE WOMB’ sets a hard-hitting tomb immediately with its gloomy keys and bellowing sub-bass. The title serves as symbolism for the outcast feelings of minorities in Australia, with each rapper approaching the beat with passionate aggression to drive their perspectives onto the green. Serving as an intro to this Melbourne group, you know they’re bound to shatter ceilings.
09. Kanada The Loop - January
KANADA THE LOOP’s ‘January’ reflects the sunshine-soaked scenery of Summer. With vibrant vocals, they croons over the synth-heavy uptempo projection that propels him. The second verse switches up, as KANADA lets off a quick rap verse, showcasing his duality as an artist.
010. Central Cee - Cold Shoulder
Central Cee gives his doubters the cold shoulder on this new track. It’s occupied by a melancholic guitar line, propelled by the rattling percussion of KO-punch 808s of the drum pattern. The UK rapper is an open book throughout, showing his versatility, and allowing us to learn more about his journey.