Mick Jagger has just released two new singles, ‘England Lost’ and ‘Gotta Get A Grip’. Both songs are fiercely political – not often a feature of Mick’s songs.

Jagger says the songs were about the “anxiety [and] unknowability of the changing political situation. … We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? No.”

“It’s about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity,” Jagger explains. “That’s how I was feeling when I was writing. It’s obviously got a fair amount of humor because I don’t like anything too on the nose but it’s also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country.”

Despite the two tunes, there isn’t an album coming. “It’s always refreshing to get creative in a different fashion and I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording on the hoof and putting it out there immediately,” he says.

“I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing.”

Listen to both songs, below.