Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.
01. Headie One x Drake - Only You Freestyle
Welp. Aubrey is back and going full UK drill on his latest drop, this time tapping in with pioneering drill producer M1onthebeat and Tottenham drill don, Headie One. Drake launches straight in with a double verse, even dropping in a couple of bars in Arabic (which obviously set the internet alight—but then again, what’s a Drake track without the weeks-worth of memes to accompany?) Regardless of the sonic switch-up from the Toronto superstar, Headie handles the second verse with the poise of a certified veteran, and with a collaboration of this magnitude under his belt, there’s little doubt left that Headie One is the current king of UK drill. — Cass N.
02. Biig Piig - Don't Turn Around
West London darling Biig Piig, member of the DIY London based art collective, ‘nine8collective’, alongside Lava La Rue, has just dropped her newest single ‘Don’t Turn Around’. With husky spoken-word, catchy jazz melodies, and a sample from Montell Jordan’s ‘Get it on Tonite’, the single follows Biig Piig’s ‘post break up, pre glow up’ journey to letting go of toxic relationships. With JD Reid as a producer, it gets a certified stamp of approval. — Julie F.
03. ONEFOUR - Home and Away
Drill music has (re)launched into the mainstream across the world in recent times. The Chicago-born genre has continually morphed with its various regional styles, becoming a staple in the UK, permeating into New York’s rap scene, and of course, finding an exciting incarnation in our own backyard, with an influx of promising new artists launching to the forefront of the Australian rap scene.
OneFour is undoubtedly the group who have led the charge in Australia, and their new track ‘Home and Away’ is all the proof you need. With half the group currently facing stints away, J Emz and Spenny do a superb job of holding it down at home, spitting tales from the streets of Mount Druitt with sincerity, and effortlessly carving out their spot in the international movement. Don’t be surprised if we hear Drizzy himself yelling “EETSWA” in the coming months, because OneFour are putting Mounty on the map in a huge way. — Cass N.
04. Chase B x Don Toliver - Cafeteria ft. Gunna
Alongside the announcement of an upcoming joint album titled Escapism, Chase B and Don Toliver release their first single ‘Cafeteria’ off the upcoming project. With the intent to break free from the current negative commotion in the world, the track punches its way between playful and perhaps more taut themes, rapping about eating at Nobu while also referencing George Floyd. With a feature from Gunna, it’s yet another single unavoidably inspired by the world around. — Julie F.
05. Aalok Bala - Moon Juice
Chilean born, LA Based and severely undervalued, Aalok Bala brings us slow-burning, transcendental ‘Moon Juice’. With hereditary musical talent, being the granddaughter of a famous Chilean composer, Bala takes listeners on a trip under the full moon with hypnotic, celestial samples and sopranos-sung hooks. Though the song’s beat is reminiscent of Kanye West’s ‘Fade’, her voice glides over the track’s dark, grungy bass with ethereal ease adding a unique, feminine sensualness that’s hard to shake. — Julie F.