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Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.

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Weekly updates

Welcome to Acclaim Magazine’s Heat of the Week. Here are our picks for the best new local and international releases — Don’t forget to follow our Spotify playlist too, it’s updated every Friday.

01. Jaydean - Sugar

After floating into the limelight off the back of Kaiit’s ‘OG LUV KUSH PT.2’, JAYDEAN has inaugurated his solo career through singles like crooning, slow jams ‘Touch’, ‘Forget’, ‘I Don’t Care’, and now most recently ‘Sugar’. Singing of the motions behind an intense crush, thinking about them constantly, wanting to see them all the time, JAYDEAN’s smooth, nectared vocals dance around disco, funk beats to create a track teetering on the edge of dance. Having travelled extensively in 2019 alongside Kaiit, Sampa the Great and Shawn Mendez, JAYDEAN will surely bring back his tracks centre stage soon to lift the spirits of music lovers locked in. — Julie F.

02. The Kid Laroi - Tragic ft. Youngboy Never Broke Again & Internet Money

As if 2020 could get any bigger for The Kid Laroi. Yet here we are with his new EP Savage; A companion piece to his breakout project F*ck Love. A standout throughout the project’s 7 massive songs is ‘Tragic’, a trap ballad alongside Louisiana superstar Youngboy Never Broke Again. The two prospects go back and forth on topics of money, love, people changing in the world of fame, with Internet Money’s Taz Taylor, Cxdy, and Nico Baran crafting a piano-heavy emotional instrumental. With passionate croons and open-book lyricism, The Kid Laroi continues to create sing-along anthems that can resonate with everyone. — Henry O.

03. Oscar #Worldpeace - Lightspeed

With his name perhaps winking to a motive behind his art, Oscar #Worldpeace is becoming known as one not to stray from politically inclined music. His debut album Recluse garnered positive reviews from a wide array of tastemakers, heralded for its honest take on race, mental health and UK politics. His latest single ‘Lightspeed’ off his upcoming HIS AND HERS EP, set for release later this month, hones a simple lyricism which travels along the same cool and distinct stylings of the artists past releases. With the introduction of a female voice on the track, it seems to be a new direction for the Tottenham rapper. — Julie F.

04. Ijale - XXL

Fresh off the release of his EP Wildly Disparate Sounds a few months back, Melbourne’s Ijale is striking the iron while it’s hot with a new single titled ‘XXL’. Mellow keys and a driving drum pattern make this one feel like it should exist in a late night jazz bar, with a glass of Whiskey beside the keyboard and the moody lighting centered on Ijale, as he seamlessly spits his signature smooth flows. The message is clear on this one: He wears a XXL, because he does it real big. With fire like this, we’re inclined to agree. — Henry O.

05. Zheani - Skin Walker

Australian punk-pixie Zheani drops a new one today titled ‘Skin Walker’. It’s a bit of a doozy to describe as Zheani truly sits in her own lane within the Aus music spectrum but here goes: ‘Skin Walker’ is a hyperactive banger produced by King Yosef that deftly traverses between cyberpunk rave-anthem, bratty internet rap and.. death metal? If you like all of the genres at once then go check this track and keep an eye out for the music video to drop. Zheani goes hard as hell and the level of effort she puts into all of her work as an independent artist is not lost on us! — Cass N.

06. Jordan Dennis - Elon Must

Jordan Dennis on ‘Elon Must’ is as smooth as a Tesla on the highway, but the electric engine behind these bars is far from silent. Over wonky, late-night cruising production from JUJO, Jordan Dennis switches cadences and flows like he’s swerving through traffic. Move aside Vinny Diesel, because Jordan Dennis leaving The Fast & Furious in his dust, as accelerates his rap wizardry in a full-throttle fashion. ‘Elon Must’ is one of 9 bangers on Dennis’ new EP HDMI2, which is out now! — Henry O.

07. Day1 - Cancelled

One of Brisbane’s hottest prospects Day1 just dropped a new banger called ‘Cancelled’. It’s an easy dance-floor hitter that would feel at home playing in an LA strip club a la Tyga and DJ Mustard. The track sits atop an intensely addictive beat that strangely threw me back to Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ era—and I mean that in the best way possible. Dedicated to a year of closures, tour cancellations and travel-bans, ‘Cancelled’ is a witty and fun track that showcases Day1’s ability to ride a beat with ease and experiment with melodic flows. — Ash K.