Rat­ed by The Face: a week­ly playlist

The best contemporary music – updated weekly.

There’s a daunt­ing amount of music out there and we know it’s hard to keep up. But rather sub­mit­ting your­self to an algo­rithm for new music rec­om­men­da­tions, try this lov­ing­ly curat­ed playlist that The Face will be updat­ing every week. 

Lis­ten below and check out last week’s addi­tions here.

Char­li XCX & Chris­tine and the Queens – Gone

It was prob­a­bly impos­si­ble for this song to be bad.

Red Hearse – Half Love

Jack Antonoff is a gen­er­al­ly busy music guy who plays in Bleach­ers, Fun and Steel Train and has writ­ten and pro­duced for mas­sive acts like St. Vin­cent, Lorde and Lana Del Rey. His shiny new pop project Red Hearse fea­tures pro­duc­er Soun­wave and Chica­go singer Sam Dew, and he man­aged to call a favour from Annie Clark to star in the video.

Bey­on­cé – My Pow­er ft. Tier­ra Whack, Moon­child Sanel­ly, Busiswa & Nija

When the track­list for the Lion King sound­track album dropped, rap Twit­ter got all excit­ed about the prospect of ris­ing weirdo rap­per Tier­ra Whack on the same song as Bey. Along­side fea­tures from Whack, South-African artists Moon­child Sanel­ly and Busiswa as well as rap­per Nija, the pro­duc­tion cred­its include gqom pio­neer DJ Lag and Lon­don jazz drum­mer Moses Boyd, who’ve been brew­ing their cre­ative chem­istry for a while now.

iZNi­iK – perdó­name

We don’t know much about iZNi­iK, the face­less” producer’s been liv­ing out in the woods for the last two years. But if he doesn’t want to be noticed, then perdó­name isn’t going to help his case – it’s a high-octane, Latin-influ­enced banger that sounds big enough to excite are­na-sized crowds.

Kra­ni­um – So We Move

Need a song for wist­ful­ly wav­ing good­bye to tox­ic rela­tion­ships? Jamaican dance­hall artist Kra­ni­um has you covered.

Wil­low – Over­think­ing IT

Fol­low­ing Jaden’s album drop ear­li­er this month, the Smith fam­i­ly has gift­ed the world with anoth­er LP. Over­think­ing IT is sad-but-sum­mery neosoul rem­i­nis­cent of Kali Uchis. It’s a lit­tle rough round the edges and it seems to be one of the tracks the fans are reach­ing for.

Squid – The Clean­er

Brighton five-piece Squid have deliv­ered a quirky, punk-funk work­out which you’ll either love or hate. Bad news if you hate it: it’s sev­en and a half min­utes long. 

King Princess – Prophet

Hav­ing released just one EP and a cou­ple of loosies, so far King Princess has sus­tained a win­ning-streak of excel­lent tunes. The pres­sure is on for debut album Cheap Queen, which has been announced along­side new song Prophet.

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