Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist
Selena sings in Spanish, Central Cee turns down six figures and Ashnikko summons the spirit of Kelis.
Ariana Grande – 34+35 (remix) ft. Doja Cat & Megan The Stallion
After much speculation, last week Ari revealed the two guests for Positions’ steamy highlight were, in fact, two of the biggest rappers in the game.
Ebhoni – Hit This
R&B and afrobeats seamlessly merge on this smooth single from the Toronto newcomer.
Central Cee – Pinging (6 Figures)
“Take that risk and go independent, I just turned down six figures,” goes the opening line of Pinging. Due to the level of hype around Central Cee in London right now, everyone believes him.
Ashnikko – Deal With It
Summoning the timeless rage of Kelis with a sample of her anthem Caught Out There, Ashnikko delivers a remorselessly triumphant breakup anthem: “I put that teddy bear you gave me in a blender /I drew a dick on all your sweatshirts”. Ouch.
Selena Gomez – De Una Vez
Selena celebrates her Mexican heritage with her first Spanish-language single.
Juice WRLD – Bad Boy ft. Young Thug
Juice teased this one with the caption “great things coming” back in November 2019, just weeks before his passing, making the melodies of Bad Boy feel extra melancholic.
Smerz – Believer
Next month, the Norwegian duo are dropping their debut LP Believer via XL Recordings, following 2018’s Have Fun EP. Like last October’s release I don’t talk about that much /Hva hvis, this title track suggests they’ve gained jagged edges and embraced their experimental streak.