Best New Tracks – the week’s essential new releases

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Presenting this week’s best new tracks – and when to drop them. Scroll down for the Spotify playlist.

Idles – Danny Nedelko

Best For Loving Thy Neighbour

Fellow Bristolians Heavy Lungs get shout out in the shape of this, the latest single from upcoming album ‘Joy As A Form Of Resistance’. Named after Heavy Lungs’ frontman, ‘Danny Nedlko’ praises the diversity immigration brings our nation, name checking Malala and Mo Farah in the process. A searing middle-finger to the gammons.

You Me At Six – 3AM

Best For Turning Down A Booty Call

The Surrey lot aren’t resting on their laurels. Just over a year since most recent album ‘Night People’, they’ve popped back up with first taster of new record ‘VI’ in the shape of a grungy disco-pop slinker ‘3AM’.

Interpol – The Rover

Best For Mastering Old Tricks

Interpol remain on form following 2014’s ‘El Pintor’ with their new song, ‘The Rover’. A rush of dark rock n’ roll from returning masters – never living slowly and still as devious as ever. Read the full track review.

Cullen Omori – Happiness Reigns

Best For Bringing Back Flower Power

The former Smith Westerns frontman steps out with his second solo album ‘The Diet’ in August – a selection of powerful, summer-tinged pop anthems. ‘Happiness Reigns’, then, brings obvious influence from The Beatles and Stones and brings them into the now with sleek production, while losing none of the hedonistic charm.

Dylan Cartlidge – Up & Upside Down

Best For Making New Friends

Last month we caught a glimpse of Stoke teenager Dylan Cartlidge at The Great Escape, and it was a truly exhilarating experience. Good news for us – and you – as he’s dropped one of the set’s highlights in ‘Up & Upside Down’, where Jamie T has leant his experienced hand to turn it into a rock banger.

The Candescents – Boyfriend

Best For Bringing American Pie Soundtrack Into 2018

A pop-punk banger, this. Signed to Dirty Hit – aka the same label that brought us The 1975, Japanese House and Pale Waves – ‘Boyfriend’ is throwback, rock goodness that ought to flirt with the charts if there’s any justice.

Lao Ra – ‘No Pressure’

Best For Keeping Things Casual

The Colombian musician serves up her first piece of music in 2018 by way of this dancehall-infused pop banger. “We can do it all night, but no pressure” she asserts in the song’s infectious chorus – and it’s clear that Lao Ra is the one with the control on this welcome return.

Maribou State – ‘Feel Good’ (feat Khruangbin)

Best For Riff Freakouts

Few guitar groups can make people truly dance in 2018, but then again, most bands aren’t like Khruangbin. The Texan funk group have teamed up with British producers Maribou State for this post-rock, house-tinged groover and it’s an absolute delight.

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