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Rated by THE FACE: a playlist featuring Mac Wetha, Overmono, Boygenius and Tyler, the Creator.
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Overmono – Good Lies
Following up from their excellent single Is U, Overmono have perfected that bittersweet sense of euphoria once again. Good Lies, which features vocals from Norwegian duo Smerz, is the title track from the UK dance act’s forthcoming debut album. Judging by the four singles we’ve heard so far, it’s shaping up to be a summer classic. DR
Tyler, the Creator – Heaven to Me
Tyler’s dropped the deluxe edition of his 2021 album Call Me if You Get Lost, and the nostalgic lyrics of the previously unreleased track Heaven to Me will resonate with his day one fans. Over a warm sample of John Legend’s Ye-produced track Heaven, Tyler looks back at the early Odd Future days with rose-tinted glasses – a simpler time, perhaps, before his Bastard mixtape made him a controversial breakout star, and when he’d devour “Wayne tapes and Vice mags and Portishead drops” for inspiration. DR
Boygenius – Satanist
Boygenius – the much-loved trio of indie royalty Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus – are known for catchy heart-wrenchers and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. Satanist, a standout on their critically-acclaimed debut album The Record, is packed with plenty of memorable lines: “Will you be an anarchist with me? /Sleep in cars and kill the bourgeoisie” Bridgers asks. JW
Mac Wetha – Massive Chain ft. Bawo
Against pared back acoustic guitar, West London artist Bawo raps with an air of melancholy on Massive Chain, a song about striving to make your mark on the world. The track appears on the genre-hopping musician and NiNE8 member Mac Wetha’s collaborative new mixtape, Mac Wetha & Friends 2. JW
King Isis – im fine, thnx 4 asking
“I wish I could be born brand new,” laments King Isis as their new EP, Scales, comes to its closing crescendo. A slice of indie-rock set to soundtrack countless teenagers’ angsty gazes out of the bus window, im fine, thnx 4 asking, offers candid self-reflection, as Isis lays their contradictions and broken promises bare. “Here I am, I’ll take this walk of shame,” they sing broodily. “I guess I didn’t know it’d end like this /Fuck my confidence.” OP
Babyfather – Sleep It Off
A typically brief loosie from Dean Blunt’s shadowy Babyfather project, which has attracted collaborators such as John Glacier, Arca and Mica Levi. On Sleep It Off, that slightly slurred voice sounds a lot like Elias Rønnenfelt from the Danish punk band Iceage. DR
Chlöe – Worried
Chlöe Bailey navigates heartbreak on her debut solo album In Pieces, oscillating from sexy don’t‑need-a-man bravado to unfiltered hurt between songs. A bouncy track with dreamy production, Worried meets somewhere in the middle, as she shakes it all off to proclaim that – you guessed it – “I’m not worried.” Shrugging in the face of her man’s failures, it’s a song about accepting loss and, most importantly, herself. OP