Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist

The best contemporary music – refreshed 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 the last playlist addi­tions here.

Princess Nokia – Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)

I’m on the train throwing soup,” Princess Nokia spits, referencing viral footage of the NYC rapper chucking her liquid lunch at a man making racist comments on the subway. One of her best tunes to date.

Yves Tumor – Applaud

Having started out in the electronic music underground, Yves Tumor is emerging from the shadows as the rock star we need desperately. Last year’s amazing Safe in the Hands of Love album balanced strange sounds with big tunes, and new single Applaud sees him flaunt heartthrob swagger over gritty hip-hop production that recalls RZA’s early stuff.

Polo G – Heartless

The LA-via-Chicago rapper recently hit a creative peak by adding melody and intense emotion to his drill sound. This new one is produced by DJ Mustard – who, for the record, now just calls himself Mustard.

Skengdo & AM – Crash x GBC ft. M24 & Stickz

At the beginning of the year Skendgo & AM were at the heart of a censorship scandal, but the UK drill duo continue undeterred.

FKA twigs – holy terrain ft. Future

I love sad Future,” twigs recently told i‑D. I love when he gets emo, when he expresses himself. It’s just so beautiful when he opens up.” Rhyming Balmain” with pain”, Future Hendrix truly delivered.

Wardell – Domestic Sweater

Brother/​sister duo Theo and Sasha Spielberg (yep, their dad is Steven) just released their second album, Impossible Falcon, as Wardell. Domestic Sweater is one of the singles and it’s beautiful.

Rex Orange Country – 10/​10

After debuting the tune at Glasto, 21-year-old songwriter has finally shared his new single, which juxtaposes sad lyrics with a chirpy melody.

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