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.

Missy Elliot – Throw it Back

Aside from the odd loose track and guest feature, Missy hasn’t put out a project since The Cookbook album in 2015. So expectations were high for new EP Iconology, and lead track Throw It Back meets them.

The 1975People

The UK band go punk for this new single, the first taste of their next album Note On A Conditional Form. Fun fact: People doesn’t have any cymbals on it.

Miley Cyrus – Slide Away

Miley tugged at the heartstrings at the VMAs with her performance of this recent single, which the internet thinks is about her break up with husband Liam Hemsworth.

Rapdsody – Oprah ft. Leikeli47

Every track on Rapsody’s new album Eve is dedicated to an inspirational black woman. The one named in tribute to Oprah is a highlight, with Rapsody getting cocky alongside masked rapper Leikeli47.

Vince Staples – So What

The Long Beach rapper and Twitter funnyman has his own TV show, which he announced along with this new single. It’s way better than the kind of half-arsed material you expect when artists are promoting a film or TV show.

Eartheater – High Tide

NYC experimentalist Eartheater is launching her Chemical X label with her Trinity mixtape. Lead track High Tide sees multi-tracked vocals glide over synths as cold as ice glaciers.

Mura Musa and Clairo – I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again

Mura Musa’s racked up an impressive list of collaborations, making genre-defying bangers with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Christine and the Queens and Octavian. Not bad for a lad from Guernsey. This time he’s teamed up with DIY pop singer Clairo, who’s got a buzz going now thanks to her critically-acclaimed album Immunity.

Lizzo – Truth Hurts (DaBaby remix)

Streaming has made the charts a bit strange. Lizzo first dropped Truth Hurts in 2017. Then due to her rising profile around her 2019 album Cuz I Love You and the song’s appearance on Netflix film Someone Great, this year Truth Hurts became Lizzo’s first top 10 hit. Now she’s capitalising on the hype by enlisting DaBaby – who’s been the guest rapper of 2019 – to do his own cheeky remix.


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