HEAT OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 2
Acclaim's favourite new tracks from home and around the world.
01. Jorja Smith - Come Over ft. Popcaan
After a trip to Jamaica earlier this year, Jorja Smith seemed to return with some new influences in her luggage. Enlisting iconic Jamaican artist Popcaan for her latest release, ‘Come Over’ strikes a balance between Smith’s moving slow jams and Popcaan’s more traditional dancehall mixes. Paired with an anime-inspired music video, Smith circulates a futuristic city atop a hoverbike, defeating opponents with the flick of an abnormally long pony-tail. Though a new direction for Smith, it’s one that is warmly welcomed. — Julie F
02. Bryson Tiller - Outta Time ft. Drake
Time for a new dose of Trapsoul. Bryson Tiller has just dropped his latest album Anniversary, and a definite stand out is the Drake-assisted ‘Outta Time’. It’s a lowkey R&B anthem where Tiller and Drizzy flex their vocal chops, singing about the happenings of a relationship like a diary entry that’s actually catchy. Distant vocal samples and an ice-cold bassline make this an essential for any late-night drives. — Henry O.
03. Master Peace - PNE
He’s been described as a chaotic British punk rapper, a title that seems to stick truely to newcomer Master Peace in his latest single ‘PNE’, an acronym for Party Never Ends. The track plays like a pop punk love song with smooth transitions to moments of bubblegum rap, showcasing a summery taste off of his upcoming EP Love Bites. With the purpose to capture a moment of shared euphoria in a track that can make an entire arena dance, Master Peace’s track braces us for the summer anthems to come. — Julie F
04. Westside Gunn - All Praises ft. Boldly James, Jadakiss
AYO! The flyest man in Buffalo, Westside Gunn strikes with his third project this year in the form of his Shady debut WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE. Our personal standout is ‘All Praises’ with Detroit’s Boldy James and the legend Jadakiss. The Alchemist weaves a web of atmospheric soul for Gunn to tee off with a raspy-voiced melody sounding like you tuned up a DMX acapella. Boldly and Kiss (as you would probably guess) absolutely kill their verses, with the LOX veteran dropping timely gems like “COVID-19 is the stamp on the dope now”. WHO MADE THE SUNSHINE may be the question, but the flaming ball of bars that is Griselda in 2020 is all the answers we need. — Henry O.
05. BabyT - YFN
BabyT is the newest artist to drop music out of the 66 Records camp in Melbourne, with his debut track ‘YFN’ packing a hefty punch. BabyT brings a nonchalant swagger reminiscent of acts like Shoreline Mafia over an off-kilter beat that confuses the ear and slaps at the same time. Joining label-mates Eco$ystem and BBG Smokey, the latest addition to 66 Records further cements the label as one of the critical collectives in Australia’s thriving new-school. — Cass N.
06. Asher - Poppin
This ain’t Asher Roth, and we ain’t falling asleep in the bread aisle baby! Byron Bay turn-up alchemist Asher wakes you right up with his catchy melodies and confident deliveries. Producer Twelve40 provides feint synths and bellowing 808s in the background, providing plenty of room for the braggadocious bars to shine. What’s poppin’? Well, Asher is right now. — Henry O.