The best new tracks, picked by our staff

Rated by THE FACE: a playlist featuring Doja Cat, Teezo Touchdown, Jorja Smith and Knucks.

Want to keep up with the best new music?

Listen to this weekly playlist, lovingly curated by THE FACE’s editorial team.

Doja Cat – Demons

Doja stays committed to the bit of trolling her fans into demonic oblivion, this time with an aptly titled song that basically asks the rest of us: who the fuck do we think we are? I’m a puppet, I’m a sheep, I’m a cash cow /​I’m the fastest-growing bitch on all your apps now,” she snarls, showing her fangs over dark and dingy production. JW

Teezo Touchdown – You Thought ft. Janelle Monae

Love him or hate him, with You Thought, Teezo Touchdown has done a very good job of making a Teezo Touchdown song. The wacky Texan shape-shifter blends elements and reggae, metal and gentle surf-rock, reeling off a long list of cringe puns and busting out an impressive falsetto. Teezo’s now calling his sound rock and boom”, which he told Zane Lowe is R&B with the intensity of rock”. If you like what you hear, you can look forward to his debut album How Do You Sleep At Night, which drops this Friday. DR

Knucks – I Suppose ft. Larry June

Last year, Knucks’ chill drill” sound reached plenty of ears when his album Alpha Place reached No.3 in the UK Albums Chart. The price of the brick been rising,” the North West London rapper spits on I Suppose, sounding confident and content alongside soulful Kenny Beats production and a laidback appearance from San Francisco artist Larry June. DR

H31R – Backwards

On their self-released 2020 debut album ve·loc·i·ty, H31R established a deep and distinctive sound, with producer JWords setting up trippy, challenging beats for rapper Maassai like musical obstacle courses. The New Jersey/​NYC duo have since inked a deal with Ninja Tune’s Big Dada imprint, and Backwards – the lead single from forthcoming album Headspace – comes with a reversed music video that references The Pharcyde’s classic Drop. DR

Jorja Smith – Falling or Flying

After branching out into UK funky with her summer smash Little Things and indie with its follow-up, GO GO GO, Jorja Smith is taking it back to her R&B roots. The title track for her upcoming album, Falling or Flying is a sophisticated return to the genre that made Smith famous, a jazz-inflected love song that pairs spacious production with her yearning vocals. It’s a slick and smart combination, allowing Smith’s lyrics to linger in the air when everything else stops. Case in point: Who else could get me /​To fall from these heights?OP

More like this

The best of THE FACE. Straight to your inbox. 

00:00 / 00:00