Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist
Drake earns his UK drill credentials, Dua Lipa joins forces with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and Dean Blunt reprises Babyfather.
We’re in a crisis, but great music keeps coming out.
To keep up with it all, check out this playlist which we lovingly update every week. Read about last week’s additions here.
Drake & Headie One – Only You Freestyle
When Drake first had a go with the UK drill sound on his track War last December, UK fans were quick to spot the similarities to Headie One’s flow. But while it’s easy to raise an eyebrow whenever Drake dips his toes into a regional rap scene, in all fairness UK drill has been on his radar for years (he shouted out Harlem Spartans back in 2017, and last year he was spotted in the crowd at Loski’s London gig) and it’s hard to fault his efforts on Only You Freestyle – where he plays with his style across a lengthy verse over M1onthebeat production, before passing on the baton to Headie (“the best drill artist in the world”, according to Drake.)
Babyfather – Manna ft. John Glacier & Vegyn
Dean Blunt’s prolific period continues. Here’s one of two new tunes from his rap-leaning Babyfather project, featuring production from Vegyn and a guest verse from John Glacier.
J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy – Un Día
J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Puerto Rican songwriter Tainy and former Face cover star Dua Lipa have joined forces for this bilingual banger, which combines Latin rhythms with Dua’s irresistible pop sound – a recipe that’s destined for success.
Fireboy DML – Eli
With a sweet sound that’s often decorated by the plucking of an acoustic guitar, Fireboy DML stands out among Nigeria’s most hyped artists. Eli, which should be on his second album, features an East Asian woodwind melody and rockstar shredding, and it might be Fireboy’s most distinctive track yet.
Taylor Swift – Cardigan
The lead track from Swifty’s surprise album folklore. According to our write up, it captures a cosy isolation-in-the-country vibe without leaning on the heavy-handed wood cabin narrative.