NME’s best songs of 2017 so far 

These are the new tunes you need in your life

61. Charlotte Adigéry – ‘1,618’

A slice of super-cool Belgian electronica on Soulwax‘s DEEWEE label.

62. Clean Bandit – ‘Disconnect (feat. Marina & The Diamonds)’

Two years after performing it live for the first time, Clean Bandit finally put out this Marina-featuring track as a surprise for fans. It’s pretty smooth.

63. Alvvays – ‘In Undertow’

The Torontoan jangle crew were true to form on this sublime taster from second album ‘Antisocialites’

 

64. Paramore – ‘Hard Times’

…and Paramore 2.0 is born. Back as a trio, with former drummer Zac Farro reinstated in his former role, Paramore went big and colourful for this surprisingly bongo-featuring jam about bouncing back (after hitting rock bottom).

65. The War on Drugs – ‘Holding On’

Compared to their 11-minute comeback track, ‘Thinking Of A Place’, this was a relatively trim affair, though it still twists and turns with the best of them.

66. Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’

The Canadian troupe embraced their inner-ABBA on this throwback slice of ‘70s pop magic

67. Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’

On the title track from his fourth studio album, Morby practices his “OH!” around a set of hypnotically repetitive lyrics. The music, he says, recreates “what it feels like to walk through a photogenic part of a city alone, lost in your own world while surrounded by many.”

68. Francis and the Lights – ‘May I Have This Dance feat. Chance The Rapper’

The standout from Francis Farewell Starlite’s debut studio album got a fresh outing with Chance The Rapper this year. The Chicagoan happily joined in with Francis’ dance routine too:

69. Everything Is Recorded – ‘Close But Not Quite feat. Sampha’

XL Recordings chief Richard Russell released an EP this year called ‘Close But Not Quite’, and Sampha brought his wistful clout to the beautifully pared-back title track.

70. (Sandy) Alex G – ‘Proud’

The prolific Frank Ocean collaborator released a solo album called ‘Rocket’ this year, from which the wonderful ‘Proud’ is drawn. About a minute before the end, a single, sustained note slices through the song’s melody like a knife.

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