Rated by The Face: a weekly playlist

The best contemporary music – featuring new additions from J Balvin, Shanti Celeste and South London newcomer Darkoo.

There’s a daunting amount of music out there and we know it’s hard to keep up. But rather than 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.

J Balvin – Blanco

Balvin dropped a banger on the night of the Latin Grammys, where he and Rosalía scooped up the Best Urban Song award for their collab Con Altura.

Darkoo – Gangsta ft. One Acen

Nigeria-born, South-London based rapper Darkoo has caught a buzz with this one, probably thanks to the party-friendly Afrobeats vibe and the unique sound of her voice.

Rema – Lady

One of Rema’s tunes appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist, and since then it’s been onwards and upwards for the Lagos singer.

Shanti Celeste – Aqua Block

One of more upbeat tracks from Celeste’s album Tangerine, which is as inspired by Japanese ambient music as much as the club. Check out our recent interview with her here.

Sons of Raphael – He Who Makes The Morning Darkness

There’s something different about brotherly duo Sons of Raphael – case in point, this first single from their debut album blends psychedelia, references to religion and mysticism and a cheeky bit of saxophone.


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