Sounding as ambitious as ever, Arcade Fire (below) leave folk-rock grandiosity behind them and move into a world of dark, epic disco.
Among the world's most exciting songwriters and producers at the moment, Dev Hynes returns to his day job with a track recalling his protégé Solange.
Old Love / New Love
Although George Lewis Jr has long flirted with the idea of the dance floor, this track is his first voyage into dance music itself.
It's been a while since MC Ride and crew put out something new, but this self-release (distributed via the band's Facebook page) is more than worth the wait.
The New Zealand teenager recently signed to Universal after becoming the first woman in 17 years to top Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. This is her first major label release.
Return from the Stars
The new single by eclectic Portland-based producer Paul Dickow is a moody, evocative, slow burner.