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. Check it out below. 

Read about last week’s playlist addi­tions here.

Stor­mzy – Sounds of the Skeng

Big Mike fol­lows up Vos­si Bop – his first no.1 hit – with this no-non­sense banger, pro­duced by part­ner-in-grime Sir Spyro.

James Mas­si­ah – Nat­ur­al Born Killers (Ride For Me) 

The South Lon­don artist is known around town for his poet­ry, but his voice takes a back­seat for the first sin­gle from his forth­com­ing EP, which sub­merges you in aquat­ic synths. It’s real­ly good.

Octo Octa – Can You See Me?

The DJ/​producer told The Face that Res­o­nant Body is her most empow­ered and joy­ful album to date. Sure enough, the whole record is beau­ti­ful. Turn up the vol­ume and embrace the pos­i­tive vibes. 

Cami­la Cabel­lo – Liar

The Cuban-Amer­i­can super­star just dropped two new tunes – Shame­less and Liar. With Latin rhythms, bold brass sec­tions and a reg­gae-influ­enced cho­rus, it’s fair to claim that Liar is the banger.

The Comet is Com­ing – Life Force Part II

Shaba­ka Hutch­ings’ band fur­ther proved that jazz is too excit­ing to be marred by bougie clichés with their sopho­more album this year. They’re fol­low­ing it up a com­pan­ion LP lat­er this year, and lead track Life Force Part II smudges an unhinged sax with pul­veris­ing synths to cre­ate some­thing far too row­dy for your smug uncle’s din­ner party. 

Grimes & i_​o – Vio­lence

The new sin­gle expect­ed to appear on Grime’s next album Miss_​Anthropocene which, as far as we can tell, is about a vil­lain­ous God­dess of cli­mate change. It’s got a com­mer­cial club music feel and unset­tling lyrics. 

Tove Lo – Real­ly don’t like u ft. Kylie Minogue 

Swedish pop singer Tove Lo met Kylie in Hong Kong and they said they should do some­thing one day. Turns out Kylie wasn’t just being polite. Here’s the tune.

Mahalia – What You Did ft. Ella Mai 

The two UK singers join forces and har­monise on the high­light of Mahalia’s new album Love and Com­pro­mise.


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