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 Sampa the Great, Day1, Headie One, Sudan Archives and more!
01. Sudan Archives - NBPQ (Topless)
Sudan Archives describes ‘NBPQ (Topless)’ as her ‘autobiography’. It’s a track that finds the artist facing the insecurities she’s felt in her own skin, turning those adverse emotions into motivating art people around the world can relate to. The end result is a track that’s freeing, and finds Sudan Archives shedding self-doubt, and shining in her pride.
02. Steve Lacy - Bad Habit
Steve Lacy styles on ‘Bad Habit’, combining his signature jangly guitar chords with forward thumping drums. His raspy singing voice floats atop the instrumental, encouraging sing-a-longs as he aces every note. It’s typical Steve Lacy, which is always damn satisfying.
03. MELODOWNZ - Loot ft. Maxo Kream
New Zealand’s MELODOWNZ glides to gold on ‘Loot’. Over an eerie trap beat, he lets off rapid, impassioned raps that bounce off bellowing 808s, and a chanting hook that’s bound to incite moshpits. Maxo Kream makes an appearance to handle the second verse, adding some Houston flavour to this satisfying frenzy.
04. Raye - Hard Out Here
Hard Out Here’ is RAYE unleashed. The song serves as an opportunity for her to vent, letting her emotions run freely through her sleek, stylish vocals. It’s a song about empowerment, which finds her speaking her truth through her music and solidifying the limitless potential of her artistry.
05. Day1 - Mbappé ft. Kahukx
Mbappé is destined to play in the clubs for the remainder of 2022. A fast-moving beat with heavy bass backs up DAY1’s seamless switch from ear-catching melodies to stern raps. Kahukx also appears for a verse on the song, enhancing the dance-ready production with his gritty flows.
06. AMUthaMC, MLBRN - Too Many
AmuthaMC and MLBRN are a dynamic duo on ‘Too Many’. Over a melodic trap beat, both aritsts bring the best of their bars in motivated barrages. Their voices are hefty with hunger, turning for the passion in their pen-game to an undeniable banger.
07. Sampa The Great - Never Forget ft. Chef 187, Tio Nason, Mwanjé
Sampa The Great’s latest single is one you’ll never forget. Serving as an ode to Zambia’s zamrock music, the track is rich with personality, showcased through summer-soaked guitars and rattling percussion. Sampa’s cousin Tio Nason and her sister Mwanje appear on the song, as well as Chef 187, making this a unified front of alacrity. It’s slated to appear on Sampa’s upcoming album As Above, So Below, which is slated for a release soon.
08. Yung Shogun - This Side
Yung Shogun pays homage to his home city of Melbourne with ‘This Side’. The track is a celebatory anthem, with Shogun bringing fiery raps over West Coast-esque production from JUJO. It’s a high-octane track, from an artist that’s worth the hype.
09. Headie One - Bigger Than Life ft. Frenna
Headie One has been super consistent as of late, and he continues to strike the iron while its hot with ‘Bigger Than Life’. His baritone delivery glides over the luxury-filled beat, with Dutch artist Frenna weaving ear-catching melodies on the hook. It’s an aspirational song that finds both artists grateful for their success thus far, and hungry to achieve more.
010. T3! - A Pleasure
Brother squid returns after a long time away from the mic with ‘A Pleasure’. It’s got that smooth vocoder flow that T3 and his brother Sahbabii are known and loved for, peppered with falsetto ad-libs and a knocking beat. We’re glad to see T3 moonwalking over smooth production once again—it’s a pleasure to have him back.