Rat­ed by The Face: a week­ly playlist

The best contemporary music – updated 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.

Chance The Rap­per – We Go High

Chance The Rapper’s an intense guy. And so The Big Day – a 22-track con­cept album about mar­riage – is, as expect­ed, very intense. We Go High is one of the record’s gen­tler tracks and one of its high­lights, ref­er­enc­ing Michelle Obama’s when they go low, we go high” phrase, which she coined in ref­er­ence to Trump’s nasty tac­tics in 2016.

Bur­na Boy – Omo

Bur­na Boy’s new album African Giant is packed with big names fea­tures – from Jor­ja Smith, to Future and Dami­an Mar­ley – but the Niger­ian star sus­tains the slick groove of Omo all on his own. 

YBN Cor­dae – We Gon Make It ft. Meek Mill

As good as the intense trap stuff is, it’s always a plea­sure to hear Meek on a soul­ful beat. Here he shines along­side ris­ing rap­per YBN Cor­dae on this heart­felt collab.

Rico Nasty – Time Flies

Thanks to her spot on XXL Mag­a­zines Fresh­man cov­er, Rico Nasty’s win­ning a lot of new fans right now. She’s seiz­ing the moment with Time Flies, which show­cas­es a more melod­ic side to her style, rather than the unflinch­ing fury that’s become her trade­mark. Watch Rico talk bad hair­styles and mean­ing of life for The Face’ Rev­e­la­tions series here.

100 gecs – mon­ey machine

Genre-splic­ing duo 100 gecs are known to race through trap, Skrillex-style dub­step, chip­tune, noise-rock and heart-tick­ling pop melodies, often all in one song. If that sen­tence alone irri­tates you, fair enough. But mon­ey machine presents a prob­lem for the haters: the song is real­ly good.

Nina Krav­iz – Dream Machine

Krav­iz suc­cess­ful­ly ful­fils her career as a big name DJ while cham­pi­oning the adven­tur­ous cor­ners of the dance music under­ground. Tak­en from her new Stran­no Stran­no Neob­jat­no, Dream Machine is an atmos­pher­ic tech­no track with glim­mers of Kraviz’s eccentricity. 

Napoleon Gold – Love Don’t Cut Me Down ft. Hai­va Ru

French pro­duc­er Napoleon Gold teams up with Allie Mer­rill of San­ta Bar­bara-based indie band Hai­va Ru for a silky-smooth jam. Give this one a few spins and let that hook sink in.

Jara­mi – Post Mates ft. Cau­tious Clay

Swedish pro­duc­tion duo Jara­mi have worked with the likes of Frank Ocean and Cami­la Cabel­lo. This time they’ve joined forces with New York-via-Cleve­land artist Cau­tious Clay for a slice of sum­mer funk. Read more about Mr. Clay here.


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