This week has certainly been interesting. There's been one particular event that's dominated the news cycle all week, and it's brought a certain song back into the spotlight. 'Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead' from 'The Wizard of Oz' is seemingly going to chart rather highly on Sunday. That's certainly the weirdest music news we've heard all week, but normality has been restored to this column, and I'll be carrying on New Music Friday as a weekly column from here on out, now that I've come out the other side of an extremely hectic few weeks; so if you're craving your weekly fix of new tracks, I'll be around to provide them for quite a while yet. Here's what I have for you this week...

Young Wonder - 'Time' [Track of the Week]

The three songs I've picked for my highlights this week could all be Track of the Week themselves, but I have rules and like to stick with them, so decided to go with the new track from Cork's Young Wonder. Featuring the considerable vocal chops of Darragh Nolan from Dublin project Sacred Animals, it's the lead single to be taken from YW's new ep Show Your Teeth. Nolan has collaborated with the duo before, releasing his own take on 'To You' earlier in the year, but 'Time' marks the first occasion on which the three of them have collaborated on an original, and it's brilliant: a slow-burning mid-tempo electro-pop song that glides along on a thudding beat and a surprisingly fragile melody, an exquisitely composed track that hints at bigger things coming down the line for all involved.

Blaue Blume - 'On New Year's Eve'

Here's a band who have been making waves recently, and they've put out a new song that indicates we could be looking at a very special band indeed. Blaue Blume are a quartet from Denmark with a sound pitched somewhere between dream-pop and post-rock, exploring both sides in a song which is divided quite neatly into two parts. The first drifts along, its echoing guitar lines and muted-sounding drums contrasting nicely with the theatrical vocal style of frontman Jonas Smith proving itself to be an acquired taste in a similar way to Hayden Thorpe from Wild Beasts. The song eventually shifts up a gear (as well as some keys), waves of tremolo guitar guiding the track to its achingly beautiful conclusion. Blaue Blume have a seriously bright future ahead of them, especially if they can continue penning material as jaw-dropping as this.

Thunderbird Gerard - 'Trouble'

Songwriting 101: write about what you know. Thunderbird Gerard has taken this to heart, and his debut EP (which is due on May 6th and is going to be a free download) is the first part of a series in which he documents his life since signing a publishing deal with BMG. He's broken out of small-town America and spent time slumming it in London, but he's broken free of that too and escaped to his current base, Berlin. The German capital is well-known as a hotbed of musical creativity, and this is audible on Gerard's new single, a deeply personal slice of pop-infused hip-hop that serves as the lead single from the EP, as well as its title track. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. is most likely going to be one of the best EPs of the year - Gerard's already been called 'the Kerouac of new hip-hop', and if he plays his cards right, he could be huge.

This week also features tracks from Tripwires, Harts, Phoria, Truls, Bad Grammar, [PHYSICS], Magical Mistakes, Soft Cat and BRANDO.