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. 


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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