Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week. Here are our picks for the best new local and international releases — Follow our playlist here for weekly updates of the best new music!
HEAT OF THE WEEK: MARCH 3
New music from Unknown T, Kali Uchis, Young6ix, Eliza Rose and more!
01. Unknown T - Right Hand ft. Knucks
Unknown T traverses away from his usual brand of menacing drill, trading it in for a smoother sound on this cut. Sleek keys lead the production, backed up by some deep 808s and rattling hi-hats. Unknown T is urgent but effortless in his flows, supported by the signature swagger of a Knucks feature. It’s another standout in the UK’s growing trend of mellow raps.
02. BIA - Sixteen
BIA’s ‘SIXTEEN’ feels like the introduction for what she intends to be a giant 2023. It’s reflective, finding the rapper hearkening back to times of adversity, and the hurdles she leaped to make it in the game. She articulates this journey through her raspy cadence, and a self-assured frenzy of lyricism that alludes to the large amount she still has tucked in the tank. If our hunch is right, expect a lot more from this hungry prospect in the months to come.
03. Don Toliver - Luckily I'm Having ft. Teezo Touchdown
Don Toliver and Teezo Touchdown share a playful back and forth on ‘Luckily I’m Having’. It’s an unexpected collaboration that exceeds your expectations completely, as they take turns playing around with quirky vocal delivery and lyricism that ultimately makes the track unmissable. It holds an abundance of verve and zest that keeps your cup full, and your mind clear, allowing you to do nothing but bounce your head to the beat. This one is undeniably a standout track off the deluxe edition of Don Toliver’s Love Sick.
04. Kali Uchis - Deserve Me ft. Summer Walker
‘Deserve Me’ is the perfect motion to the dreamlike escapism Kali Uchis is able to create with her music. Her vocals on this track are glossy and whimsical, and with the help of Summer Walker’s sharp delivery and balmy tone, you’re able to decipher the artists’ realisation of being better off alone and being deserving of more. The synergy of two female powerhouses like Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce, and SZA and Doja Cat, always sits well in the soul, and we’re happy to be treated to yet another incredible case of this through ‘Deserve Me’.
05. Mike Dimes - HEAVY METAL
Mike Dimes rallies the moshpits on ‘HEAVY METAL’. The production creates a gargantuan feeling of grittiness, thanks to a warped siren-like synth sample and an explosion of bellowing bass. Mike Dimes toggles through his versatile flows and cadences from within the pandemonium of the mix, engulfing listeners in his unique style of curated chaos.
06. Yung Nudy - Fish & Chips
Young Nudy provides a barraging buffet on ‘Fish & Chips’. The production, courtesy of Coupe, is satisfyingly simple, pairing lo-fi synths with booming trap drum patterns. Nudy’s presence on the track finds him in full-form, letting off triplet flows that slice through the beat like cutlery. It’s a standout from his new album Gumbo, which you can stream now.
07. Young6ix - Where's The Mop?
On ‘Where’s The Mop’, Young6ix wipes the floor clean with crushing bars. The Western Sydney spitter’s menacing flow sits atop the glossy drill production of IAMSOLO, who unleashes a flurry of 808s to match 6ix’s stern energy with subwoofer-blasting bass. It’s an excellent dose of high energy raps.
08. Eliza Rose - Better Love
The B.O.T.A herself, Eliza Rose, has returned with a fun and upbeat Mura Masa-produced track, ‘Better Love’. Sticking true to her roots with a UKG-inspired beat, the song shines in its melody, kooky vocals and the scattering of English idioms throughout. It’s an authentically English pop track, that is reminiscent of other homegrown pop trailblazers like Lily Allen and The Sugababes. Speaking on feelings of love and heartbreak, ‘Better Love’ sees Eliza Rose flaunt her witty and clever songwriting abilities, making for a great follow-up to her last single.
09. Baby Prince - PRETTIER THAN A BITCH
Baby Prince continues to build on his skill of ear-catching melodies on this new track. Poignant basslines and an assortment of dreamy synths collide in a mission to propel the Zimbabwe-born, Aus-based artist’s croons, which soar above the atmospheric mix. Baby Prince continues to be a constant standout in weekly releases.
010. OX4ORD & VOLDY - Say Nothin'
OX4ORD’s new cut encapsulates the emotional expanse of feeling yourself. The Melbourne artist confidentially weaves all his skills throughout, switching between boastful raps and R&B-tinged melodies. VOLDY’s approach on his verse is more laid-back, floating atop the fast-paced production in a fluid stanza.