HEAT OF THE WEEK: JUNE 19
Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.
01. Teyana Taylor - Killa ft. Davido
Finally! After her last album KTSE was somewhat stunted due to G.O.O.D Music’s 7-track-album rollout in 2018, Ms Taylor gets her moment to deliver a whopping 23 new tracks on her latest release, unapologetically titled The Album. In amongst the new-Teyana overload is her slick nod to the afrobeats genre in a song titled ‘Killa’, which features one of the biggest names in the scene, Nigerian-American artist Davido. Although The Album is packed full of crazy wish-list features like Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu and is definitely worth a full listen—we chose Killa as an early standout because it plays out like a direct cross between Teyana Taylor’s insanely charismatic RnB vocals and Davido’s effortlessly cool harmonies. — Cass N.
02. Arona Mane - Alone Not Lonely ft. Blessed
Sydney’s Arona Mane is tapping into those long-drive vibes on ‘Alone Not Lonely’. Booming basslines, an atmospheric wall of synths, and an overall sense of euphoria make this a late-night highway cruise essential. On the track, Ghana-born, Australia-based vocalist Blessed takes the driver’s seat, with his foot on the pedal speeding through infectious melodies. It’s a full-throttle display of talent that has us racing for more. — Henry O.
03. Noname - Song 33
Noname’s most recent fire release ‘Song 33’ comes with production courtesy of Madlib. The track is quick-thinking, witty and concise, prompting us to look through clear eyes again and focus our energies towards the Black lives who need it most. Noname said “He really ’bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?” and we understood. It’s an indirect but potent “fuck you” to those who use their platforms to criticize and silence knowledgeable black women.. we’re looking at you J. Cole. — Ansam F.
04. Buddy - Black 2
Dropping a sequel to his 2018 track ‘Black’ featuring ASAP Ferg, Compton’s Buddy reminds us he’s no joke when it comes to spitting. The young artist says it with his chest, taking aim at America’s appropriation and profit off of Black culture whilst turning a blind eye to its importance to economic growth, culture and the injustices faced by Black communities. With so many quotable lines, this track begs for a few listens: “Everybody tryna get dreads and shit / But they ain’t African / All the light girls gettin’ a tan so they can darken they skin / I’m sorry, it’s a black thing.” — Cass N.
05. S1mba - Rover (Remix) Ft. Hooligan Hefs, Youngn Lipz & Hooks
UK artist S1mba’s TikTok-skyrocketed hit ‘Rover’ has found itself in Western Sydney, and the results are sleek. Hooligan Hefs, Youngn Lipz, and Hooks float over the afrobeat-inspired production with a flurry of flexes and confident flows, giving the track some extra grit. S1mba’s ear-worm hook keeps its place, with enough swagger to incite a party wherever it’s played. — Henry O.