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 Erik Sanders, J Hus, King Krule, Nia Archives, Ta-ku and more!
01. J Hus - Who Told You ft. Drake
This new J Hus track is a Summer anthem with enough sizzle to heat up the Winter down here in Australia at the moment. Afrobeat drums set a dance-ready tempo, and J Hus effortlessly flows over the top with ear-catching melodies. Drake appears here for a feature, bringing his signature croons to the vibrant atmosphere.
02. JULAI - SUGAR AND SPICE
On ‘SUGAR & SPICE’ JULAI perfectly blends the ingredients to create a club banger. The Melbourne-based artist storms onto the beat with unabashed confidence, making you believe every barrage of braggadocio he delivers. This is complimented by some blasting 808s, which are bound to elevate dancefloors around the country.
03. Zion Garcia - Munch
Zion Garcia kicks off ‘Munch’ with some enthused raps, set to the chaos of some grimy synth layers. The track eventually builds into flourishes of four-to-the-floor drum patterns, which he glides over effortlessly. The ambitious journey of this track is what makes West Sydney rapper a gargantuan prospect in the scene.
04. Nia Archives - Off Wiv Ya Headz
This latest Nia Archives track grabs your attention immediately, thanks to a sample of ‘Heads Will Roll’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Nia flips the iconic track into a fast-moving triumph of drum & bass, blasting through the mix with rave-ready patterns and a poignant sense of pandemonium. Expect this one to crush at the clubs.
05. Ta-ku - SMILE ft. Xavier Omär, DAISY WORLD, ROMderful
Ta-ku’s ‘Smile’ is a smorgasbord of R&B goodness. He and ROMderful polymerise talents to create sleek guitar plucks soft piano chords, and some bouncy drum patterns. Vocalists Xavier Omär and DAISY WORLD both bring a soulful style to their passages and collide in harmony on the massive chorus, prompting you to sing along. It’s another satisfying cut from a producer who’s legend grows with every release.
06. Tommy Gunn - Sacrifice
Tommy Gunn shows off some impressive singing chops in his new single ‘Sacrifice’. He showcases ear-catching croons throughout, with detuned keys and a blissful atmosphere serving as his backdrop. ‘Sacrifice’ serves that evidence with every new song released, this Sydney prospect is only getting better.
07. Erik Sanders - STILL ALIVE
Erik Sanders’ knack for euphoric trap stands out on ‘STILL ALIVE’. Hazy synths travel on a bed of rattling hi-hats and bellowing 808s as the Brisbane artist comes through with woozy melodies and an array of unique vocal inflections. It’s a standout on his newly released project of the same name, which you can stream now.
08. Church - CANADA
Church comes right out the gate with rapid flows on ‘Canada’. His triplets traverse across the beat effortlessly, garnishing his raps with melodies that match the spirited keys and smooth basslines of the instrumental. It appears on his new project SPRING ’21, which you can stream now.
09. Amaarae - Wasted Eyes
Ghana’s Amaraee wastes no space on ‘Wasted Eyes’. This track has a dreamy instrumental, with scattered percussion, airy synths, and some arena-ready brass on the chorus. Amaraee’s voice has a soothing howl, commanding the song with an understated swagger. It appears on her new project Fountain Baby, which you can stream now.
010. King Krule - Flimsier
King Krule is a master of atmosphere, and ‘Flimsier’ further proves that. Synths soar like sirens in the distance of the mix, with his sombre guitar chords taking centre stage. King Krule’s reverberated warbles make him sound like an extraterrestrial traveller slowly floating down to earth. It serves as the perfect opener to his new album Space Heavy, which you can stream now.