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New music from Polo G, Doja Cat, Lisi, Migos, Tkay Maidza and more!

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Weekly updates

Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week. Here are our picks for the best new local and international releases — Don’t forget to follow our Spotify playlist too, it’s updated every Friday.

01. Lisi - Dreams

Queensland spitter Lisi lists off his ambitions on ‘Dreams’, and as expected, he’s achieving them. He commands the guitar-laced trap beat with his bellowing voice, letting off a variety of flows as he articulates his aspirations and reps for the people and community behind him. The Goodna rapper has announced the accompanying music video drops tonight so keep it locked to his channels.

02. Polo G - No Return ft. The Kid LAROI, Lil Durk

Polo G is on a victory lap right now, and he’s bringing along two of rap’s biggest names with him. ‘No Return’ commemorates the success that each artist has achieved, as they reflect on the adversity they’ve faced through their impassioned melodic deliveries. Enhancing the champagne showers of celebration is the production from Ryder Johnson, Mason Wu, and Internet Money’s Taz Taylor, which uses an orchestra of keys to take this song into triumph. This track appears on Polo’s new album Hall Of Fame, which is out now. 

03. Tkay Maidza - Cashmere

Tkay Maidza’s ‘Cashmere’ is a Summery, vibrant anthem of soul. Each thread of producer Dan Farber’s fabric shimmers with colour, as he weaves groove-filled basslines and a sample-sewed warmth for Tkay to thrive on with her smooth raps and sleek sung vocals. It’s set to appear on the final EP of her acclaimed trilogy Last Year Was Weird, Vol 3. 

04. Madam3empress - Some Type Of Way

MADAM3EMPRESS’s new single is all about embracing the strength and beauty of showcasing your vulnerabilities. She lives this on the song, wearing her feelings in her voice as her soulful melodies approach falsetto with finesse, and resonate with the lyrical content’s realism. The concept of the track is perfectly complemented by the faint strumming of guitar chords and bouncy kick, propelling this Sydney songstress’s transparency into a triumphant victory. 

05. Pi’erre Borne - Switching Lanes ft. Playboi Carti

Mega-producer Pi’erre Bourne’s transition to songwriter continues to prove successful with his new album The Life Of Pi’erre 5, which kicks off with the vibe-setting ‘Switching Lanes’. Over a self-produced symphony of video game-like synths, rattling hi-hats, and subwoofer-ready 808s, Pi’erre glides with autotuned melodies and an undeniable swagger. At the latter end of the track, Playboi Carti appears with his high-pitched, squeaky flurries, proving once again why these two are a Voltron-like duo. Stream The Life Of Pi’erre 5 now, and start the weekend with some bounce.

06. Doja Cat - Need To Know

Fittingly, this new Doja Cat single is one you need to know. Propelled by heavy 808s and vibrant synths courtesy of producer Dr Luke, Doja gets in her rap bag, letting off triplet flows that are rich in swagger and attitude. These bars are tipped off with melodic inflections, making each word an earworm. It’s slated to land on her new album Planet Her, which drops June 25th.

07. Day1 - Energy

Brisbane rapper Day1 has become a staple in the creation of party-ready anthems, but ‘Energy’ is a satisfying switch up. On this track, he pairs the sounds of late-night R&B and woozy trap, as he flexes ear-catching croons and narrates the dynamic of a romantic relationship. It’s also accompanied by a music video, which you can check out here.

08. Migos - Having Our Way ft. Drake

Migos are back with their highly-anticipated album Culture 3, and right out the gate, a highlight is ‘Having Our Way’. The track starts with Drizzy, leaving space between each luxury-filled statement for the orchestral trap beat to blossom. The Atlanta Trio follows, with Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff blasting off with triplet-flow fireworks, making this track a rap frenzy you should experience this Friday evening. 

09. NAO - Messy Love

NAO’s new single is about moving on from a messy form of romance while finding strength in the process. Her unique, fervorous vocals float over jangly guitars, crashing drum patterns, and emotive string samples as takes us along for her journey of finding what she needs in love. It’s another testament to her creative vision, and why she’s an artist to watch.

010. Haviah Mighty - Protest ft. Yizzy

Haviah Mighty’s ‘Protest’ is a defiant build into banger territory. It starts with melancholic keys, before building into a drill-esque drum pattern with a bellowing 808, as the Toronto rapper lets off her fiery bars and well-woven wordplay. After flexing her melodic chops on the hook, UK rapper Yizzy comes in matching the energy, commanding the beat with stern confidence. If you haven’t heard of Hasiah yet, get ready to harness yourself on the hype train.