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New music from Kendrick Lamar, OneFour, Moonchild Sanelly, Kedus and more!

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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!

01. Kendrick Lamar - N95

King Kendrick is back! His latest studio album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers is a hefty one to dissect, but ‘N95’ serves as an instant highlight on this opus. The production is arena-ready, with an orchestra of synths of and heavy basslines backing the megastar’s shouty delivery and hard-hitting triplet flows. In an album that finds Kendrick at his most vulnerable, ‘N95’ serves as a moment for the mosh pits.

02. Leikeli47 - Carry Anne

‘Carry Anne’ is minimalist in the best ways, with a simplistic beat that provides plenty of room for Leikeli47 to spit. Bass hits and whistle samples serve as the backdrop for the rapper, as she lets off flexes in the form of bar barrages. It’s a standout on her new album Shape Up, which you can stream now.

03. Lucianblomkamp - Fuck It's a Habit ft. I.E, Madam3empress

‘Fuck It’s a Habit’ finds Lucianblomkamp continuing his hot streak of singles. The producer lays down melancholic keys over the top of a bouncy drum pattern, setting the tone for I.E and MADAM3EMPRESS’s somber, low-key verses. It’s a cold cut, perfect for the Winter weather.

04. Nico Ghost - Involved

Nico Ghost opens the floodgates to a truly unique sound on his latest single ‘Involved’. Produced by GXNXVS, the track is punctuated by atmospheric guitars, rapid hi-hats, scattered percussion, and gliding 808s. Nico delivers one of his best vocal performances yet over the top, extending his croons until they crumble in a display of passion. It’s different, and definitely hitting.

05. Alex Rzyan - Hot Headed

Alex Rzyan’s ‘Hot Headed’ is the summer-soaked anthem needed to cut through the lurking Winter fog right now. Jangly guitars float atop earworm basslines, propelling the singer’s soothing vocals into a state of euphoria. It’s calming, catchy, and essential source of warmth for your playlist.

06. OneFour - Cruise Control

It may be called ‘Cruise Control’, but this latest offering from Aus drill pioneers ONEFOUR feels like a foot planted firmly on the accelerator, hitting the fullest of speeds. A piano-led trap beat serves as the vehicle, with each member taking the wheel with visceral, high-octane deliveries. Watch out for the exhaust on this one, because it’s pure smoke.

07. Tion Wayne - IFTK

Tion Wayne continues to drill in a different stratosphere than his counterparts with ‘IFTK’. The track flips La Roux’s classic track ‘In For The Kill’, adding to its impact with gliding 808s and snapping snares. Tion is as smooth as ever on this production, letting off bars effortlessly with his signature baritone cadence.

08. Moonchild Sanelly - Cute ft. Trillary Banks

‘Cute’ is rich with bubbly energy. Moonchild Sanelly’s boastful lyrics are amplified by her boisterous delivery, with every bar bouncing off the thumping 808s and guitar melodies of the instrumental. Trillary Banks also appears here, matching Moonchild’s swagger, and resulting in an uplifting, dynamic duet.

09. Kedus - Ballroom Bop

Kedus’ ‘Ballroom Bop’ encapsulates the feeling of a sweaty dance floor. Vibrant guitar strums swirl, as if the chords were plucked from the sun, and suit the Brisbane artist’s soulful vocals perfectly. Catchy and charismatic, this track is another showcase of this prospect’s undeniable potential.

010. Who - Swish Music

Swish Music solidify themselves as a collective to watch with ‘WHO’, a hard-hitting banger perfectly suited for subwoofers. It showcases the undeniable talent of members Dau Dau, TMB The Driver, and Perry P, all who differ in styles, but share a common ground in the form of contagious energy. They rap with motivation, manifesting into bars that shouldn’t be missing from your playlist.