From full-throttle carnage to Sweet Potato Pie: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead perform during 2016 Lollapalooza Day Two at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
(Image credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

Well, it’s officially 2022 – a big pat on the back to all of us for making it through 2021 – and you'll be pleased to hear the New Year won’t just be ushering in a host of Resolutions that we’ll all inevitably give up on come February.

Nay, dear readers, for 2022 is also marking the introduction of the all-new Essential Tracks of the Week format. Don’t fret: you’ll still get your weekly fix of guitar goodness to quench your thirst, though the way in which such music will be presented has undergone a bit of an overhaul.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.