Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist
Featuring Cardi B’s post-WAP banger, Joeboy’s heartfelt Afropop and the anxious energy of Black Country, New Road.
Cardi B – Up
Featuring ferocious flows and an insult involving horse sex, there’s zero disappointment with Cardi’s post-WAP smash.
Sech – 911
Melodically rich reggaeton from the breakthrough Panamanian star.
Joeboy – Runaway
A heartfelt highlight from the Nigerian artist’s gorgeous debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic.
Karl Benjamin – Moon
A reminder that lockdown is no excuse for slacking on Valentine’s Day. “This song represents the journey of a relationship,” the British newcomer says of this Omar-sampling song. “It represents the progress that two people can make, together rather than apart.”
Digga D – Bringing it Back ft. AJ Tracey
Digga D and AJ revive the flows of their breakthrough freestyles on this collab, appeasing the fans in the comment sections who demand they bring back their early styles.
Octo Octa – Goddess Talking
Octo Octa’s new EP She’s Calling is the third instalment in a trilogy of releases which explore the themes of connection between music and ritual. Let the uplifting spirit of those psychedelic breaks sink in.
Pinty – Comfort Me ft. Emma Jean-Thackray
The Peckham wordsmith pours his heart out over a house beat that’s decorated by an esteemed London jazz artist.
Black Country, New Road – Athens, France
An anxiously energetic jam from the London seven-piece’s new album For the First Time.