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. 

Listen below and check out last week’s additions here.

SiR – Hair Down ft. Kendrick Lamar

Californian singer SiR has turned heads with this new one thanks to a guest verse from Top Dawg labelmate Kendrick Lamar, but the tune’s so good that it would have stood up as a single without Kenny’s slippery raps. A promising sign for SiR’s forthcoming album Chasing Summer.

Aitch – Taste (Make it Shake)

The cheeky Mancunian MC just reached the No.8 spot in the UK singles chart with this club-friendly banger. Legend.

Megan Thee Stallion – Hot Girl Summer ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

Megan’s delivered an official anthem to soundtrack the Hot Girl Summer before the weather turns grim again, and she’s enlisted Nicki – a classy move.

Niska – Du lundi au lundi 

Hard-hitting, catchy-as-hell rap music from the Parisian suburbs. You might not be familiar with Niska yet, but in France, he’s massive. 

SLGigantalous

UK rapper SL first caught attention for a sound dubbed tropical drill’ – a slightly more melodic take on the typically morose-sounding genre. For his new single, he’s spitting deadpan raps over a beat produced by Two Inch Punch, who’s worked with the likes of Years & Years, Kali Uchis and Rex Orange County.

Marika Hackman – Hand Solo

There are a number of songs on Hackman’s new album Any Human Friend which explore sex with wit and unflinching detail. You can probably guess what Hand Solo is about.

Jay Som – Nighttime Drive

The third song to be released from Jay Som’s probably-going-to-be-really-good new album Anak Ko, which drops 23 August.


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