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.

HAIMSummer Girl

The Haim sisters are back with this breezy and beautiful single. Written by Danielle for her partner when he’d been diagnosed with cancer, Summer Girl was her way to send positive energy his way almost telepathicallywhile she was on tour with the band.

Snoh Aalegra – Siutationship 

Ian Isiah dropped a track called Situationship late last year, and now LA-based Iranian-Swedish artist Snoh’s new single tackles the same subject. According to this track’s press notes, a situationship is an intimate situation” amongst two people that exists between a traditional relationship and something casual.’ Expect to Snoh to tackle more romantic dilemmas on her promisingly titled second album Ugh, those feels again, which drops 15 August. 

Teyana Taylor – How You Want It? ft. King Combs

Steamy R&B with a bit of 90s flavour (older hip-hop heads will spot the sample of Mase’s track What You Want). If you’re wondering who King Combs is, that’s Diddy’s son. 

Nérija – Riverfest

The of press hype around London jazz might have calmed down a little since last year, but young musicians in the scene are still thriving. This single from seven piece Nérija, featuring Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, is a stunning example.

Angel Olsen – All Mirrors

The St. Louis-raised songwriter diverts from her retro rock trademark with this synth pop ballad, the lead track of her forthcoming album All Mirrors.

Ariana Grande – Boyfriend ft. Social House

Assisted by Pittsburgh duo Social House, Ariana explores an emotion we’re all very familiar with: petty jealousy. 

Proc Fiskal – Prop O Deed

Leftfield grime instrumentals might not be trendy as they used to be, but when the music’s this good who cares?

Martyn – Odds Against Us

As the in-house label of Berghain, Ostgut Ton is naturally associated with pummelling techno. But the label’s new release, the Odds Against Us EP from club music genius Martyn, is a welcome foray into experimental drum n’ bass.

RVNotes and Mabel

RV’s well-known as the rhyming partner of Headie One. After they dented the UK charts with their collaborative Drillers x Trappers mixtape, RV’s struck out with new solo EP Savage, with Notes and Mabel proving just how polished UK drill can sound these days.


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