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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Singles file: Arcade Fire, Willis Earl Beal, Gunplay

The Arcade Fire returns with its first new material since its Grammy-winning album “The Suburbs.” (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)
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Arcade Fire: “Abraham’s Daughter”

On the leadoff song from “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, AF’s typically rococo indie rock is set to a spare, almost martial beat.

Willis Earl Beal: “Monotony”

More understated perfection from the buzzed-about acoustic blues singer, whose debut, “Acousmatic Sorcery,” drops next month.

Actress: “Actress Meets Shangaan Electro”

2010’s “Shangaan Electro” compiled some of the African dance sub-subgenre’s finest cuts. The new “Shangaan Shake,” from which British producer Actress’s souped-up, vaguely techno-minded track hails, feeds them into a dance-floor blender.

Gunplay: “Jump Out”

Gunplay was a Maybach Music also-ran who reinvigorated his career a few weeks back with a killer contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s “Cartoon & Cereal.” He seals the deal with this steroidal new banger.

Adam WarRock: “Downton”

We would have expected a “Downton” homage from the Lady Edith-like Laura Marling, or maybe from 50 Cent (whom we like to think is secretly a fan). But it turns out the best cure for Downton Withdrawal comes from nerd MC WarRock, who gets bonus points for his concise explanation of complicated British entail laws.

By Allison Stewart  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/06/2012

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