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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. Benee - Night Garden ft. Kenny Beats & Bakar 

From New Zealand to ‘The Cave’, Benee stays making hits. This new single ‘Night Garden’ finds her flourishing in her artsy pop sensibilities with a bellowing ring tone from Officer Kenny himself, showcasing that the two are an unexpected, but undeniable pair. London’s Bakar is also featured here, adding some extra flair to the track with his unique cadence and delivery. It’s an all-around hit. — Henry O.

02. Jade Amar - Cherry Red ft. Tray Haggerty

She’s a talent that’s been working behind-the-scenes with some of the most prominent artists in the game right now, penning songs for the likes of Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan the Stallion, Saweetie and Kehlani. Now, writer-turned-rapper, Jade Amar, makes her debut with a new single ‘Cherry Red’, a nod to an ex as she breezes past looking fly in designer, “If looks could only kill you’d be pop pop.” Written initially with another artist in mind, Amar has swiped the single for herself as the ultimate introduction into the music world. With a feature from rising rapper Tray Haggerty, ‘Cherry Red’ is warm, sultry and unbothered in its delivery, and is perhaps the perfect ‘get-back-at-your-ex’ song. — Julie F.

03. Koffee - Lockdown

Jamaican sensation Koffee makes her welcome return this week with an infectiously upbeat new track called ‘Lockdown’. It’s a perfect fusion of Koffee’s signature dancehall flavour and energised pop melodies, with the young artist pondering “Where will we go / When the quarantine ting done and everybody touch road?” It’s a perfect day-starter in the midst of a world riddled with questions about the future, and I can already tell this one will end up on my heavy rotation. — Cass N.

04. The Kid Laroi - Tell Me Why 

Fresh off paying tribute to the late, great Juice WRLD on his posthumous album Legends Never Die, The Kid Laroi continues his upward trajectory with this new single. Featuring a melancholic piano backdrop and passionate croons, ‘Tell Me Why’ finds The Kid Laroi wrestling with the struggles of mourning the loss of friends and family. It shows a new reflective layer of Laroi we hadn’t seen yet, with the same, ear-catching delivery we’ve grown to love him for. — Henry O.

05. JessB - Shut Up!

New Zealand’s JessB lets us know who’s in charge on latest hit ‘Shut Up’, joining a strong list of present female rappers commanding power with their undeniable presence and go-getter attitudes, “I fight for the spot / Never lay down.” The track drips with flavours of dancehall, reggaeton, garage and electronic, the result? A perfectly balanced soup of hard-hitting bass, quickfire one-liners and real talk of an up-and-coming female rapper, ‘Big, bold bitches never passive.’ If one thing is for sure, you better not fuck with JessB. — Julie F.

06. ECO$YSTEM - Fetish

The legacy of Melbourne rap collective 66Records continues to grow with ECO$YSTEM’s new single ‘Fetish’. It’s a bouncy trap anthem with scattered pianos and flows that ooze swagger. Eco describes the song as one that “makes you want to get up and go chase your dream.” which is evident in the confidence of his voice. The raps will get you out of bed in the morning, and the 808s will knock you right into the mosh pit. — Henry O.

07. Your Grandparents - So Damn Fly

Here’s something new for your ears: Your Grandparents—a Los Angeles trio whose new single ‘So Damn Fly’ just dropped. The track draws on familiar elements; notes of Tyler, the Creator’s production, aspects of Earl Sweatshirt’s rapping and the smoothness of The Internet and Steve Lacy. It’s all held together by a 70s inspired psychedelia that runs throughout, and compliments the laid back and buttery melodies. We love it. Put these guys on your radar ASAP! — Cass N.

08. Jeida Woods - Ultraviolet 

Zambian-born Jeida Woods has never sounded as good as he does on ‘Ultraviolet’, and that’s saying something because he always sounds good. Over the sparse, atmospheric sonics provided by producer Taka Perry, Woods’ falsettos and sombre melodies ooze the vulnerability of writing in a diary. Still, the song could undoubtedly amplify to the level of performing in an arena. And with his debut EP slated for a release in August via Future Classic, maybe those megastar shows aren’t too far away.  — Henry O.

09. Tkay Maidza - Don’t Call Again ft Kari Faux 

Tkay Maidza returns with another outstanding single ‘Don’t Call Again’. Its laid-back and bass-driven beat provides the perfect backdrop for Tkay to switch gears and deliver a smoothly sung hook. Rap duties on verse one come from Arkansas artist and internet favourite Kari Faux, whose flavour is the perfect accompaniment to Tkays silky hooks. Tkay also delivers a new flow in a verse of her own. It’s a spacey groove that shows yet another side to the already versatile Tkay Maidza. — Cass N.