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.

Chance The Rapper – ‘I Might Need Security’

Best for holding the politicians accountable

It’s been a rollercoaster few days for Chance. Earlier this week, the Chicago rapper said that he’d be releasing a brand new album this Friday, then backtracked. Instead, he dropped four brand new tracks – and ‘I Might nNed Security’ is easily the finest. Built around a platter of “fuck you”s, Chance calls out his hometown’s mayor Rahm Emanuel, shouts out Verne Troyer and hits back at negative media attention from his city.

Brockhampton – ‘1998 Truman’

Best for pre-club hyping

Gimme no drugs, lend me some love/Tonight, while I’m in this club/Lonely as fuck” raps Brockhampton’s Merlyn Wood over a sweltering, cacophonous beats in the recurring hook of the American boy band’s latest bop. Candid lyrics (that reference animated movie Madagascar and linguine, obviously), blistering delivery and another total earworm of a chorus make this another triumph.

The 1975 – ‘Love It If We Made It’

Best for scrolling through your Twitter feed

After the reflective first single ‘Give Yourself A Try’, this time Matty looks outward at society on this pulsating anthem, where Trump, Kanye, Lil Peep and more are all referenced. Read our full analysis of the track’s eye-popping lyrics here.

Zayn – ‘Sour Diesel’

The best for trying to woo bae

Boasting funk-laced bass lines and slinky riffs, the ex-Directioner has returned with the hazy, seductive ‘Sour Diesel’. All sultry guitars and NSFW lyrics, Zayn has now completely shed his boyband skin and his music is all the better for it.

Billie Eilish – ‘you should see me in a crown’

Best for listening to after binging Sherlock

Eilish is quite capable of penning her own cut-throat choruses, but here she takes a dollop of influence from Adam Scott’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty – using his line as the song’s title and for his killer chorus.

Pussy Riot – ‘Song About Good Cop’

Best for coming good on your promise

After storming the World Cup final in their native Russia, the activist group shared the new song the following day. “Affairs with the power are not beautiful” they implore, on top of a trashy but addictive Euro-trance beat.

Channel Tres – ‘Jet Black’

This rising LA producer is impossibly cool. Following on from the pounding ‘Controller’, his brooding vocals haunt the track and its groovy AF production making for another sizzling entry from an artist with bags of potential.

Muse – Something Human

Best for rejecting technology for a hot second

On their last tour, Muse couldn’t stop banging on about drones, robots, drones, technology and, yes, drones. But it’s come at a price. After the “gruelling” tour supporting their last album, er, ‘Drones’ – Bellamy hopes for something a bit more real on this slow-burning number.

The Kooks – ‘Four Leaf Clover’

The best for partying like it’s 2006

The latest offering from the band’s forthcoming fifth album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’, ‘Four Leaf Clover’ harks back to the bands humble beginnings on spunky debut ‘Inside In / Inside Out’. Jangling, noughties guitars? Check! Frustratingly catchy chorus? Check! Yelped vocals you’ll be attempting to imitate for weeks? Check check and check! 12 years on, the indie boppers have still got the chops to create a total earworm.

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Words: Thomas Smith, Hannah Mylrea