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. Check it out below. 

Read about last week’s playlist addi­tions here.

Nor­mani – Moti­va­tion

After releas­ing duets with singers like Khalid, 6lack and Sam Smith, Fifth Har­mo­ny alum­ni Nor­mani has struck out with this solo sin­gle, and everyone’s going wild for the video. Peo­ple keep call­ing Nor­mani the new Bey­on­cé’, which is prob­a­bly a bit annoy­ing for her. Check out The Face’s inter­view with the ris­ing star here.

Doja Cat – Juicy ft. Tyga

Con­sid­er­ing that her biggest hit to date is sin­gle-turned-meme Mooo!, no one was in a rush to take Doja Cat par­tic­u­lar­ly seri­ous­ly. While there’s plen­ty of tongue-in-cheek humour here, Juicy is actu­al­ly a good tune, one that’s nei­ther improved or impaired by a trade­mark smut­ty verse from Tyga.

Jor­ja Smith – Be Hon­est ft. Bur­na Boy

Bur­na Boy’s just released one of the best albums of 2019, so Jor­ja and her team must have felt pret­ty smug know­ing they’ve had this red hot col­lab in the bag and ready to drop.

Ros­alía & Ozu­na – Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi

Fol­low­ing her recent amaz­ing two track release Fuck­ing Mon­ey Man and a hit with J Balvin, Ros­alía is con­tin­u­ing her 2019 win­ning streak by team­ing up with Puer­to Rican reg­gae­ton artist Ozu­na, and it’s des­tined to get mil­lions and mil­lions and mil­lions of YouTube views.

Head­ie One – Back to Basics ft. Skep­ta (Float­ing Points remix)

Remem­ber when The Face was on the Back to Basics video shoot with Head­ie One and Skep­ta? No? Well you can revis­it the pho­to gallery here. FloPo has now reworked the track into a no-frills UK garage tune. Skepta’s flow works a lit­tle bet­ter than Headie’s on this ver­sion, prob­a­bly because UKG is in grime’s DNA, but over­all we’d con­sid­er this a success.

Pop Smoke – Wel­come to the Par­ty (remix) ft. Nic­ki Minaj

Fol­low­ing remix­es by the likes of Skep­ta and Rico Nasty, Nic­ki Minaj has hopped on Pop Smoke’s sum­mer anthem. The break­through Brook­lyn rap­per works with UK drill pro­duc­er 808melo, so this is the clos­est we’ll get to hear­ing Nick spit on a UK drill beat for now. 

Char­li XCXCross You Out ft. Sky Ferreira

After deliv­er­ing an absolute banger with Gone, fea­tur­ing Chris­tine & The Queens, Charli’s dropped her tune with Sky Fer­reira, who broke a musi­cal hia­tus with a goth­ic slow-burn­er ear­li­er in the year. Cross You Out feels more like a grow­er rather than a radio-friend­ly sin­gle, prowl­ing along styl­ish­ly at its own pace.

MUNAStay Away

Har­ry Styles-approved LA trio MUNA have shared this excel­lent third sin­gle from forth­com­ing album Saves the World. It all seems to be going very well for them.

M.T. Hadley – Rat­tle

This guy puts out very lit­tle music. Rat­tle, a bal­lad writ­ten to a new­born baby to tell them how grim life’s going to be, is his first new song since 2016. Some­how he always man­ages to cut through all the noise. Some­thing spe­cial going on here.

Tay­lor Swift – Lover

Tay­lor Swift’s new one sounds like Mazzy Star – and it’s real­ly pret­ty good.


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