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7 tracks we loved this week from Car Seat Headrest to Selena Gomez

Plus new tracks from Car Seat Headrest, Panama Wedding, and Surf Rock Is Dead

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Ben Cope

Yeah, the whole world saw a lot more of the Biebs than we really ever wanted. But there were way more than just a few NSFW memes going on in music this week. Here’s what we can’t stop spinning.

Panama Wedding, “A Brand New Life”

New York indie pop-rock outfit Panama Wedding announced their upcoming EP, Into Focus, for Nov. 6 and whet appetites with this new, sunny, highly-addictive beach ball of a track. Winter may be coming, but enjoy summer’s last exhale here. —Madison Vain

Neon Indian, “The Glitzy Hive”

Alan Palomo’s slick synth-pop project returns next week with VEGA INTL. Night School, the follow-up to 2011’s Era Extraña. He’s already shared bouncing “Annie” and late-night ode “Slumlord” but, with its bursts of Thriller-esque groove, “The Glitzy Hive” could be Night School‘s most dance floor-ready single yet. —Eric Renner Brown

Charles Kelley, “The Driver”

Kelley may have announced solo plans this week, but the first track of his own name still boasts the talents of a trio. Genre-mates Eric Paslay (who co-wrote the track with Kelley and Abe Stoklasa) and Dierks Bentley join him on the ballad. It’s wonderfully easy to fall into and a welcoming introduction to Kelley’s upcoming album. —MV

Run the Jewels, “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”

The rap duo has been in the news for its cat-centric remix album, which might explain why their new one-off flew under the radar this week. Unlike most Run the Jewels’ music, El-P cedes the production boards on this track, which is part of Adult Swim’s singles series — but Little Shalimar does a commendable job retaining the claustrophobic, cacophonous aesthetic that has become the duo’s calling card. —ERB

Glass Animals and Joey Bada$$, “Lose Control”

In a perhaps unexpected but welcome pairing, the English indie rockers teamed up with the Brooklyn-born rapper for a banger that remains true to both artists’ strengths — one part fiery verses, one part spacey synths — for a result that’s totally awesome. —MV

Car Seat Headrest, “Times to Die”

Car Seat Headrest excels in lengthy, angst-driven songs — both 2013’s Nervous Young Man and this year’s How to Leave Town kick off with tracks surpassing the 14-minute mark — and the new “Times to Die,” a seven-minute meditation on religion and record labels, is one of their stronger ones in recent memory. Will Toledo’s signature lo-fi sound takes center stage in the single, which has hints of the Strokes and the Drums without losing its identity as an entertaining, emotional three-act play in musical form. —Ariana Bacle

Selena Gomez, “Hands to Myself”

Even though we now know that Gomez’s hospital stays were the result of a lupus diagnosis (not a rumored rehab stay), this swooning club track is a fun, poppy illustration of a blissed-out haze. She sings “All of the downs and the uppers / Keep making love to each other”, as her voice moves from whispers to wails. —Isabella Biedenharn