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!
New music from SZA, Lancey Foux, Smino, BOY SODA and more!
01. SZA - Shirt
After sharing a snippet of the track through a livestream in early 2021 and it popping off on TikTok immediately after, the full release is finally out! 808-heavy, and warmly embraced by SZA’s sultry vocals, this track is equal parts comforting and fun, and 100% worth the wait.
02. Rihanna - Lift Me Up
Rihanna is finally back, and she’s levitating on ‘Lift Me Up’. This track is straightforward in the most satisfying way, displaying the megastar’s vocals isolated, with only the presence of mellifluous background melodies and solemn piano chords accompanying her. Her voice soars above summits of smoothness, with every passionate rasp reminding us why we’ve missed this legend’s presence.
03. Lancey Foux - DID IT AGAIN
Lancey Foux drives a ferocious vehicle on ‘DID IT AGAIN’. He swerves and switches lanes with his oddball flows, tapping into animated vocal inflections that contrast the crushing low-end of 808s and thumping kicks. Jah$tar’s guest appearance adds to the gargantuan proportions of this anthem with grimy flows, resulting in this dynamic duo crossing the finish line with a fiery banger. It appears on Lancey’s new project LIFE IN HELL, which you can stream now.
04. Boy Soda - 3 Little Piggies ft. Jordan Dennis & Charbel
BOY SODA swerves into new territory on his crew cut ‘3 Little Piggies’. It’s a stoner anthem with BOY SODA delivering a soulful hook and spitting a super cool verse about that loud. After BOY SODA is through channelling his inner Slick Rick, the blunt is passed to Jordan Dennis and Charbel who deliver equally impressive verses. We love this track fr.
05. Smino - Pro Freak ft. Doechii, Fatman Scoop
Swift, subtle and entirely swagged out, each party on this track packs a punch without needing too much to show for it. If we were ever treated to an Outkast x Black Eyed Peas crossover, this would definitely be its modern manifestation. The switch up towards the end of the track brings us back to Smino’s signature smoothness, taking control in the best way possible.
06. Joanny - Call On Me
One of the most promising prospects amongst the growing Afrobeats scene in Australia is Melbourne’s Joany. His smooth vocals and impressive knack for creating understated, catchy melodies shine on his latest track ‘Call On Me’. It’s a smooth mix of alte and amapiano styles that could sit confidently amongst some of the biggest names globally.
07. Gold Fang - Big Natty Rasta
Gold Fang delivers infectious high-energy frenzies on ‘Big Natty Rasta’. Serving as an ode to his Trinidadian roots and his ambitions to go against the grain, the multi-faceted talent weaves his off-kilter flows over hard-hitting production from Swick. This one is undeniably bound to unite moshpits around the country and beyond.
08. Chlöe & Latto - For The Night
Chlöe & Latto have teamed up to provide an enticing banger that honours the distinct fusion of Pop and R&B sounds that dominated the music world over a decade ago. With an underlying string arrangement, and early 00’s inspired production, Chlöe and Latto have definitely revived a sound reminiscent of the girl group era, and we’re absolutely here for it.
09. Scruffs - Relentless ft. MAMMOTH
Scruffs sets a vibrant tone with his production on ‘Relentless’, a dose of soul that shines with colourful keys and laid-back drum patterns. Melbourne’s MAMMOTH appears on rap duties here, adding his intricate lyricism to the woozy atmosphere. It’s a standout on Scruffs’ new project We Outside Now, which is avaliable on all DSPs.
010. YNG Martyr - Overthinking
YNG Martyr thrives while exploring his vulnerable side on ‘Overthinking’. Contrasting his usual hard-hitting trap is a more open-book approach, which finds him juggling the adversity of both his professional and personal life, while trying to traverse outside of the tangles he finds himself in. The passion pulsates throughout his delivery, as he mixes introspective bars with sincerely crooned melodies. It’s a different side of this prospect’s ever-growing skills.