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Rated by THE FACE: a playlist featuring Kwengface, Travis Scott, Burna Boy and Offset & Cardi B.

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Kwengface, Joy Orbison & Overmono – Freedom 2

When Kwengface dropped Freedom back in April, the track caught a buzz partly because the energetic Peckham rapper unmasked himself in the Colors session, but also because the UK drill beat was blended with irresistible UK garage ingredients. Now, Joy Orbison and Overmono have artfully morphed the track into a fully-blown club banger. As far as I’m aware, this is the best UK drill-garage hybrid since Floating Points remixed Headie One back in 2019. DR

Ineffekt – Two Of Us ft. Luna Morgenstern

Rumbling, atmospheric bass, winding, hypnotic synths and a hyperactive two-step beat set the tone on Ineffekt’s latest track. Paired with Luna Morgenstern’s serene vocals, there’s an air of muted euphoria to Two Of Us, as the uptempo BPM and elongated melodies wrestle for your attention. It’s the perfect tune for when you’re blissed out on the dancefloor at the end of the night, too tired to dance but too high to go home. OP

Travis Scott – Meltdown ft. Drake

No matter how you feel about Travis Scott and Drake, you can’t deny the power of Sicko Mode, their three-part collaborative track that felt genuinely psychedelic and imaginative when the Astroworld album dropped in 2018. Meltdown, from Travis’s long-awaited new album Utopia, feels like Sicko Modes darker sequel. It’s blown up primarily because Travis apparently takes the piss out of Timothée Chalamet and Drake is really rude about Pharrell, for some reason. Still, it’s refreshing to hear Drake take on a more grizzly tone, and you just know this track is going to be opening up moshpits across the world. DR

Offset – Jealousy ft. Cardi B

It’s been five whole years since Cardi B dropped Invasion of Privacy, and there’s no sign that we’re getting another album any time soon. But the Bronx superstar is sustaining her winning streak of show-stealing verses, which has included Kay Flock’s Shake It, GloRilla’s Tomorrow 2 and Put it on Da Floor Again with Latto. Now, she’s teamed up with her husband Offset once again for this ruthless trap banger. DR

Burna Boy – Big 7

On this joyful summer earworm (which will appear on Burna Boy’s forthcoming album I Told Them…) the afrobeats star takes on a crunchy hip-hop beat, paying tribute to the late Virgil Abloh and while celebrating all the hard work he’s done to achieve, basically, world domination in his field. JW

Brian Nasty – Time I Leave

Brian Nasty, who’s well known in London’s young creative community as a musician, model, skater and artist, captures the feeling of existential dread with sharp clarity on Time I Leave. Carrying stress in my teeth /​These bad vibes reek /​Mummy breathing down my neck /​Now I can’t breathe,” he raps over the slow-paced, poignant production. DR

Dumb Buoys Fishing Club – Fortune Teller

London-based artists DanDlion and Havelock embark on a surreal journey on their third single as Dumb Buoys Fishing Club, a joint project which sees them take on the personas of degenerate fishermen”. Here, the two pseudo-seamen find themselves falling into the trap of a fortune teller, leaning into Gorillaz and N.E.R.D. influences as they surrender to her mystic wisdom. Black cat, heart attack /​Face the facts of the fortune teller,” they sing over the chorus. Tarot readings never sounded so fun. OP

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