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Best Songs of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka, Gallant, Twin Peaks, and more

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Each week EW’s music staffers share their favorite brand new tunes. See our picks below and sound off about your favorites in the comments.

Michael Kiwanuka, “Black Man In A White World”

The 28-year-old British soul musician returned this week, announcing his sophomore album, Love & Hate, with the pensive “Black Man In A White World” and a stark video to match. But the weighty subject matter doesn’t keep the song from grooving like the best moments on his 2012 debut Home Again. —Eric Renner Brown

Gallant, “First”

Buzz over R&Bist Gallant’s crisp, soulful vocal first began more than a year ago when the hazy bedroom jam “Open Up” first appeared on Soundcloud. Over the next 12 months tracks trickled out slowly, each earning more and more fanfare. Next week will finally see the release of the singer’s debut full-length, Ology — and in a rare event, the set exceeds the hype. It’s streaming early courtesy of NPR and “First” (a most appropriately named album-opening tune) is a skittering, sexy introduction to one of the best debuts of the year. —Madison Vain

Twin Peaks, “Butterfly”

The young Chicago band keeps dishing out garage-rock nuggets from their upcoming third album Down in Heaven. This week their shared “Butterfly” which honors their crunchier earlier work more faithfully than Down in Heaven‘s lilting first single “Walk to the One You Love.” —Eric Renner Brown

Pumarosa, “Cecile”

Fresh off a stellar week at SXSW, where EW named Pumarosa one of the best bands, the London group is back with a new single “Cecile.” Full of rough guitars and bewitching vocals from lead singer Isabel Munoz-Newsome, the track solidifies Pumarosa as a band to watch this year. –Jessica Goodman

Kweku Collins, “Ego Killed Romance”

Kweku Collins first broke out with his sunny 2015 EP, Say It Here, While It’s Safe. The 19-year-old rapper has since fired off a handful of songs, but none as darkly striking as his newest cut, “Ego Killed Romance.” Piano keys flits gingerly across a sinister, blown-out beat, sucking listeners into a stormy supernova. “Crash-landed on Mars on my way to the sun, before I knock to the moon,” he sings. –Dana Getz

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