Acclaim's favourite new tracks from Australia and around the world.
01. SOPHIEGROPHY - SHAKE
Sophiegrophy is one of the most versatile young rappers in the country. We’ve heard her get in her bag over trap beats, sing her own hooks, and spit over house tracks that caught co-signs from Idris Elba. On her new single ‘Shake’, taken from her debut EP Bold, Sophie teams up with Melbourne producer Jia Lih and goes full New Orleans bounce with it. It’s a certified dance-floor filler, full of samples commanding you to “Pop that booty”, as Sophie channels the Ying Yang Twins and whispers sweet nothings about stealing your girl. It’s our favourite track from the Melbourne rapper to date.
02. HOOLIGAN HEFS - PAPER ROUTE
West-Sydney’s Eetswa-advocate Hooligan Hefs’ new single ‘Paper Route’ is on the money. It’s an anthem celebrating his dedication to the game and staying true to himself, with a trunk-knocking trap beat courtesy of producer Colcci enhancing Hefs’ bold delivery. The video features a frenzy of flexes, but Hefs is quick to remind you, “Just got a blue tick, but that don’t mean shit I was cert in my Air Max 90s”. The reach may have grown from the Doonside-days, but Hefs keeps the same drive and hunger.
03. GUNNA - WUNNA
Gunna AKA Diet Thugger (kidding!) returns with the drip this week on ‘Wunna’, taken from his new project of the same name. It’s hard to say the Atlanta rapper is reinventing the wheel on this one, but he’s certainly found and perfected a formula that keeps us coming back. The Turbo produced track is packed full of single-word rhymes that hit the ear oh-so-nicely. I could listen to this one on repeat all day like it’s some kind of meditation track. SLATT!
04. EAST AV3 — RUGRAT$
Adelaide trio East AV3 announced their debut EP RUGRAT$ for a June 19 drop, releasing the title track as a teaser. And trust us, this ain’t no infant activity. Siren-like synths and Swanton-bomb 808s serve as the backdrop for high-energy triplet flows and braggadocious bars, bound to inspire mosh-pits in your living room. The message is clear, “young, dumb, savage, we be far from average.” We couldn’t agree more.
05. CHINA - CALM DOWN
Fans of Jhené Aiko should check out Melbourne-raised, LA-based artist China, who delivers a blissed-out RnB joint in ‘Calm Down’, a breakup anthem directed at the typical douchebaggery of the early 20s ‘fuckboy’. China disguises her razor-sharp tongue with such a delicate grace that the venom in her lyrics almost goes undetected on the first listen. “You’re too obsessed with your fake fame / when we go out no one knows your name” — youch!