The Barometer: Gang Of Four; Christina Aguilera; French Kissing; Liars; Best Coast; Dam-Funk; Arcade Fire; Four Tet

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Gang of Four, You Don't Have to Be Mad

The post-punk pioneers hardly reinvent the wheel on this slice of new material, but they've still got some decent moves.

Christina Aguilera (featuring MIA), Elastic Love

MIA and the producer Switch offer the singer some left-field cred with this bout of spacey electro-pop.

French Kissing, Oh Suzanne

Sugary sweet, Black Lips-flavoured retro pop from French Kissing, a band very much on the crest (sorry) of London's surf-rock explosion.

Liars, Pleasure Is Boss

The noisy B-side from the art-rockers' new single evokes 'Evol' era Sonic Youth.

Best Coast, Make You Mine

A melancholy heart beats beneath the nonchalant scuzz-pop exterior of this female-fronted ode to falling in love with your best friend.

Dam-Funk, IHopeYouKnowImWatchingJune

Ringing in the new month with squelchy but smooth synths, alongside stuttering, nervy beats and vocals.

Arcade Fire, Suburbs

The first single from the Canadian band's long-awaited new LP is slow, jangly and rather lovely.

Four Tet, Angel Echoes (Caribou remix)

The Canadian electronica experimentalist tackles one of the standout tracks from Four Tet's recent album for an upcoming remix 12-inch record.

Listen to this week's free playlist on Spotify at Independent.co.uk/mixtape

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