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New music from French Montana, D-Block Europe, KYE, KAYTRANADA and more!

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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!

01. D-Block Europe - Chrome Hearts ft. Offset

With smooth guitars and scattered hi-hats, ‘Chrome Hearts’ is an emotive and high-energy sing-a-long trap ballad. Offset features here, bringing simple yet effective autotuned melodies, while D-Block Europe stays on-point with soulful croons and creative flows. This track appears on their new mixtape Home Alone 2, which you can stream now. 

02. Young Franco x Tkay Maidza- Real Nice (HCTF) ft. Nerve

It’s no surprise that this new track from Young Franco and Tkay Maidza was selected as the starting anthem for the upcoming A-League season, because it kicks harder than any Soccer player, and smashes right past any goalie. Booming 808s, rhythm-setting claps, and bubbly synths make up the instrumental, as Tkay raps with an effortless swagger and contagious confidence. A guest verse from Nerve matches this energy, providing a flow that’s laid back, yet high-octane in its braggadocio.

03. Kaytranada - $prayforhaiti ft. Mach Hommy

Kaytranada and Mach Hommy is already an interesting collab on paper, so it’s not surprising that this track hits. Synths spiral in the background, propelled crashing drums and booming bass thumps, providing a new horizon for Mach’s raps to climb, as he pairs fast flows and incorporates Haitian Creole passages. It closes out Kaytranada’s new EP Intimidating, which you can stream now.

04. Hancoq - 2THELEFT ft. Craigiewave

‘2THELEFT’ marks the first released collaboration between Hancoq and Craigiewave, and it solidifies them as a dynamic duo. Craigie opens the track with woozy, baritone melodies, while Hancoq’s verse thrives with ember-filled flows. This is separated by an earworm of a hook, which finds Hancoq interpolating Beyonce’s ‘Irreplaceable’. It’s simple and satisfying.

05. French Montana - Tonight Only

HAAAAAN! French Montana has released his new album THEY GOT AMNESIA, serving as his most ambitious project in an acclaimed discography. An instant highlight is ‘Tonight Only’, which finds the New York rapper reminiscing over production that pairs an anthemic soul sample with rattling hi-hats and snappy snares. It’s vintage French, presented in a frenzy. 

06. KYE – Finest Quality

‘Finest Quality’ is a smooth, club-ready anthem that showcases KYE’s versatility. Four-to-the-floor drum patterns, poignant bass hits, and vibrant synths swirl in the background, as the Melbourne singer weaves a tale of love and lust. It’s a high point on her new EP Good Company, which is out now. 

07. Jordan Dennis - Egyptian Lover ft. Dallas Woods

‘Egyptian Lover’ sings with alacrity and the vibe of a celebration. Producer JUJO pairs funk-infused basslines with psychedelic synths and an orchestra of percussion, providing the perfect backdrop for Jordan Dennis’ fast and fiery flows. Dallas Woods also appears here, providing melodies that are rich in soul. Bring the weekend in with this one, because without a doubt, it’s party-ready. 

08. Pania - Proof

Pania’s ‘Proof’ is a vulnerable exploration of love, emphasised by the West-Melbourne singer’s soulful vocals. The open-book soliloquies take place over an atmospheric instrumental, packed with reverberated soundscapes, bounce-heavy drums, and subwoofer-ready sub-bass. Put Pania and her uniquely personal brand of R&B on your radar. 

09. V9 - Shoulda Woulda Coulda ft. Ghetts

London rapper V9 taps Ghetts for ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’, a hard-hitting showcase in drill excellence. Ghetts starts off the track with scattered flows that bounce off the wobbling 808s, before V9’s bellowing raps cut through the soul sample flurries that linger in the beat. It’s a hard-hitting highlight on the rapper’s new mixtape Murk With A Mouth, which is out now.

010. Triple One - Come Over

‘Come Over’ tackles the tiring loop of bad habits in a relationship, resulting in one of the group’s most introspective songs yet. Dijon tackles the hook with his passionate croons, before Marty and Obi trade ear-catching verses that find them adding a mature sense of vulnerability to their bars. This happens over trap drums, distorted guitars, and somber keys.