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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