What’s new on the NME 1 and NME 2 playlists this week?

ICYMI: we now have two audio channels here at NME! You can tune into NME 1 for a selection of stone-cold classics and indie anthems, while NME 2 will bring you the best of the past decade – from alternative bops to grime and leftfield dance.

Each week Team NME will carefully handpick a selection of tunes to add to both playlists – here are the NME 1 & 2 playlist additions for this week.

On the A List

The 1975 – ‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’

The 1975’s new album proves the band are total musical chameleons, and the album’s closing track ‘I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)’ is no exception. The soaring tune is an emotive triumph, that’ll be caught in your head for the rest of the week.

On the B List

AJ Tracey – ‘Doing It’

The lead single from the west London MC’s debut album is a thumper. With its crunchy beats that Tracey’s slick bars cut across, it’s a blistering taster of what’s to come.

TENDER – ‘Closer Still’

The funk laden ‘Closer Still’ is a buoyant cut of jangling guitars and bedroom R&B from brilliant London duo TENDER.

On the C List

Iceage – ‘Broken Hours’

The latest from Iceage is an epic. Five minutes of snarling guitars and crashing riffs that build into a cacophonous climax, it’s the band at their very best.

Grimes – ‘We Appreciate Power feat. HANA’

Grimes is back, and we couldn’t be happier. Influenced by the North Korean band ‘Moranbong’, and written from the perspective of a pro-AI girl group, it’s a stomping slice of roaring electronic pop.

The 1975 – ‘I Like America & America Likes Me’

The second The 1975 tune on this week’s NME Radio playlist, this one is another treat. Another example of the band’s impressive genre-hopping, it boasts vocoded vocals and whirring electronics that could have come straight of the Post Malone album, and it’s excellent.

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