We know you've been eagerly awaiting this moment all week. That brief moment of respite, of calm, of complete and utter immersion in new guitar music. Yessiree, it's this week's essential guitar tracks.

As always, we've searched far and wide to bring you the most exciting playing from every nook and cranny of the six-string sphere. We've got fuzz-heavy synth-pop (Sad13), all-out metal bruisers (Mr. Bungle, Like Moths To Flames), ambient head-trips (DARK, Tabal) heavy hip-hop and dance crossovers (North Kingsley, ASHBA), and, of course, some classic rock to boot (thank you, Songhoy Blues).

Yes, it's a veritable smorgasbord of playing and tone, and we'd encourage you to tuck in, post-haste. 

Daren Jay Ashba has a long list of accolades to his name. Working in various capacities with such names as BulletBoys, Beautiful Creatures and, of course, Guns N’ Roses, he’s built quite the hard-rock reputation. And when he puts down the axe he’s a sought-after record producer and graphic designer, too.

Now, he’s thrown his hat into the ring of EDM, weaving creative six-stringing into an electronic sonic backdrop on his new solo track, Hypnotic, which utilizes some creative kill-switching sure to get the crowds moving (when it's safe to do so).

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