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HEAT OF THE WEEK: JUNE 6
New music from Lara Andallo, Gabriel LCR, Sollyy, Craterface and more!
01. Sollyy - Nah Jokes
Sydney-based DJ, radio host and producer Sollyy has dropped his first solo track ‘NAHJOKES’. It’s a bouncy club-ready hitter with a groovy UK shuffle that sees Sollyy cleverly rework a vocal sampled from Sydney rapper Jaecy’s breakout 2020 track ‘WHATS GOOD’. The track sees Sollyy tapping into a new style of West-Sydney music and we’re keen for more.
02. Pheelz - Finesse (remix) ft. BNXN, Pania, Kedus
It’s no secret that Pheelz and BNXN (fka Buju) have a massive hit on their hands with ‘Finesse’, with the track hitting number 1 everywhere from the UK to Jamaica. The feelgood single from the Nigerian artist now gets the Australian remix treatment with help from two of the scenes most promising up and comers Pania and Kedus, who both nail their contributions to the global smash.
03. Polo G - Distraction
Polo G continues his consistency as a superstar in the rap game. ‘Distraction’ is another dose of his ear-catching croons, as he analyses his spot in the game, and the struggles that came before it. The always on-point performance of the Chicago rapper is elevated by sleek production from Southside, who mixes heavenly vocal samples, strumming guitars, and thumping 808s.
04. Sonny Grin, Angelo The Poet - Move Like This
Sydney multi-instrumentalist and producer Sonny Grin links up with Wollongong-based MC Angelo The Poet on ‘Move Like This’. Featuring an uptempo groove that allows Angelo to flow effortlessly as he sits in the pocket of Sonny’s production. It’s a satisfying mood setter that is bound to pick up steam.
05. Gabriel LCR - Suspicious
Melbourne artist/producer Gabriel LCR returns with ‘Suspicious’, taken from his 3-track release Dead or Alive. Smooth nylon-string guitars pave the way for a glitched-out rhythm produced by LCR leaving enough room for his spacey crooning vocals. It’s a buttery offering from the self-sufficient artist who is bound to continue growing his world-class sound.
06. Vory - daylight ft. Ye
‘Daylight’ is a transcendent rap song with a heavy fix of soul. Vory’s unique warbles sit upon a bed of synths and boom-bap style drums, as he sings of temporary romance. Kanye West also appears here, providing background vocals and a stream-of-consciousness closing verse, closing out this shining track with a sunset. It appears on Vory’s new album Lost Souls, which you can stream now.
07. Lakeyah - Mind Yo Business ft. Latto
Lakeyah tells us to mind our business, in the form of a banger. It finds the Atlanta-based rapper boasting over fast and fiery production from Hitmaka and Cardiak. Latto also appears here, matching the high-octane energy with her signature braggadocio. These two make for a hard-hitting duo, rich with flex-heavy dynamics.
08. craterface - moonroof
Craterface are back, sounding like they’re making trap in The Twilight Zone. Atmospheric synths swirl, creating an undeniable sense of euphoria, while Baby Bruh lets off smooth flows in a way that seems effortless. A melodic hook drenched in autotunes separates the raps, and solidifies Craterface as a unique staple within the scene.
09. PollyHill, Dera Meelan - Pulse
Fresh sounds are brewing across the ditch like this new bop from Auckland’s PollyHill that sees her link up with Dera Meelan, who you may know from his work with rappers Church & AP and deadforest. Meelan’s thumping production pairs well with PollyHill’s quick-fire flows, making for a slick club track that begs for a reload.
010. Lara Andallo - Head To Toe
Lara Andallo’s ‘Head To Toe’ marks a new chapter for the Sydney vocalist, as she pushes into new sonic territory, incorporating futuristic electronica and harder trap production to her lush brand of R&B. It’s a catchy offering from the young singer that cements her as one of the countries stars on the rise.