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!
Fresh tracks from Ice Spice, AntsLive, Teether & Kuya Neil and more!
01. Wesley Joseph - HIATUS
HIATUS’ is another display of Wesley Joseph’s versatile artistry. Airy chords and scattered percusion repeat throughout, creating the perfect backdrop for the artist’s lyrical flurries. It’s punctuated by a lowkey but effective melody on the hook, solidfying this one as an undeniable earworm.
02. Ice Spice - In Ha Mood
Ice Spice is comfortable and confident on ‘In Ha Mood’. She lets off braggadocious bars throughout effortlessly smooth flows, putting her swagger-heavy skill on full display. Her delivery floats atop mellow production, that pairs a reverberated vocal sample with fluttering hi-hats and poignant kicks. It’s simple but effective, and another example of Ice Spice’s contagious energy.
03. Mog.Y, Benny Zen, Isaac Puerile - BURNED OUT & LOVELY
This latest Mog.y cut is an undeniable summer anthem. His raspy croons sit atop beachy production from Benny Zenn, who polymerises jangly guitars and laid-back drum patterns to create a sun-soaked atmosphere. Isaac Puerile also drops in for a verse, matching Mog.y’s impassioned performance with his own set of memorable melodies. It’s a catchy anthem, perfectly suited for any playlist.
04. Teether & Kuya Neil - RENO
When Teether and & Kuya Neil join forces, a frenzy of controlled chaos ensues. ‘RENO’ continues that trend with a KO-punch of noise, with Neil’s production hitting combos of crashing drum patterns, and synths ripe with industrial edge. Teether bobs and weaves in every pocket he finds, letting off effortless flows between every flourish of pandemonium. It’s a great teaser for their upcoming mixtape STRESSOR, out Feburary 3rd.
05. AntsLive - Number One Candidate
If you haven’t heard of AntsLive before, ‘Number One Canditate’ is an ideal introduction. The production is commanded by brass horn loops that enhance the undeniable bounciness of the drums. The London rapper succeeds in matching this anthemic energy, firing off a frenzy of energetic flows and hunger-driven bars for the track’s duration. It’s one of many highlights on his new project Just A Matter Of Time, which you can stream now.
06. Armani White - GOATED ft. Denzel Curry
Philadelphia’s Armani White kicks off 2023 with a banger. He lets off swagger-heavy, braggadocious bars over a simple yet hard-hitting beat, that bellows with thumping kicks and heavy sub-bass. Denzel Curry drops in for a verse, bringing infectious energy and his signature triplet flows. This one is bound to be a moshpit staple throughout the year.
07. Moneybagg Yo - On Wat U On ft. GloRilla
You more than likely know what to expect from this new Moneybagg Yo track, and it doesn’t disappoint. The gritty trap beat wastes no time inducing head bops, as the rapper goes back and forth with fellow Memphis native Glorilla. it’s a quick, bragadocious, and another hard-hitting bop from two of rap’s most consistent.
08. Fly Anakin - Blicky Bop ft. Foisey
Virginia’s Fly Anakin begins his 2023 season in a unique manner. This new track finds his raps in the world of urgent drill drum patterns that are contrasted by a mellow, atmospheric sampel; an off-kilter blend courtesy of producer Foisey. As expected, Anakin has no issues approaching this tempo, letting off confident lyricism that cuts through the beat’s elegance with the raspy edge of his cadence.
09. RealestK – Wish You Well
RealestK continues to grow his brand of late-night R&B with ‘Wish You Well.’ This track is an isolated ballad, with the instrumental consisting of only sombre pianos. This dialed-back approach puts the Canadian singer’s vocals front of stage, as he commands the melancholic tones of this track with impassioned croons about the struggles of romance.
010. 21 Lil Harold - Ain’t On None ft. 21 Savage
21 Lil Harold’s ‘Ain’t On None’ thrives in the sounds of Atlanta trap music. Eerie keys, rattling hi-hats, and hard-hitting 808s fill the mix, setting the tone perfectly for Harold’s menacing set of striking bars. 21 Savage sounds right at home as a feature, contrasting Harold’s aggressiveness with his signature style of lugubrious lethargy. It appears on 21 Lil Harold’s new project After The Curse, which you can stream now.