Beck, Chemtrails, Single XL June 23
With an artist as prolific and erratic as Beck, it'd be pointless to presume that this, his first new material since 2006's The Information, is an indication of the direction he's heading.
Indeed, if past form is anything to go by, his ninth studio album, due for release next month, could be entirely different. Which would be good news for him - after his mid-90s peak, which brought double-platinum selling albums, he's slipped somewhat under the radar. But this collaboration with Gnarls Barkley star Danger Mouse could fix that.
The producer, famed for his remixing of The Beatles' White Album, has brought his affection for 60s psych-pop and mashed it up with Beck's off-kilter indie charm and a few Massive Attack-style trippy beats.
His vocal is light and wispy, shaking off the sneering laziness of hits like Devil's Haircut and Sexx Laws, marking yet another phase in his seemingly endless genre-bending career.
Elliot Minor Time After Time Single Warner Bros June 23 
Those expecting a cover of the Cyndi Lauper classic will be disappointed. In fact anyone looking forward to the new release from the classically-trained teenage emo outfit will be.
High on the success of hyper bubblegum-punk singles Parallel Worlds and Still Figuring Out, the York quintet are beginning to scrape the barrel.
With the singles, they'd found their niche - as piano-infused, Greenday for beginners, they were forging a name for themselves as the band of choice for mini-a goths and a guilty pleasure for their dads.
Time After Time is a watered-down, sedated version of their better tracks - but their growing legions of fans are unlikely to care.
Sigur Ros, Meo Suo I Eyrum Vio Spilum Endalaust, Album EMI June 23 
The English translation of the fifth Sigur Ros album is With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly - ironic then that the most common complaint about the Icelandic kings of chill-out is their sameyness.
On the whole this album is business as usual, but there are a few glimmers of upbeat dreaminess. Download single Gobbledigook and second track Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur are percussion-laden and, dare we say it, catchy.
In fact, the first half is far jollier than normal. But they've not lost their taste for the dramatic and mid-album track Ara Batur was recorded live in one take with a 90-piece orchestra.
From then on, the record takes a more introspective turn, and their trademark soaring strings and hollowed vocals return.