Soul songs’ Seal of approval

• SINGER songwriter Seal’s sensational new album Soul has hit stores.
Soul, an album of covers of classic tracks by the distinctive Seal, features reworkings of tracks such as Ann Peebles’s I Can’t Stand The Rain, Otis Redding’s Knock On Wood and Ben E King’s Stand By Me.
Seal said: “Someone once said ‘the album will sound like the time you had making it’.
“Never before has it been as true as the process of recording this record.”
• Enya’s new single, Trains And Winter Rains, is now available to buy.
The track is the first single to be taken from Enya’s seventh studio album, the forthcoming And Winter Came.
• Aiming to prove he’s not just all talk, Sir Michael Parkinson has released a new compilation album, titled My Life in Music.
The two-disc release features artists that have influenced the chat-show king, including Frank Sinatra, Sting and Michael Buble.
• Bluesman Seasick Steve has strut into the charts with a new single.
Walkin’ Man is a bluesy, laid-back track taken from his latest album, I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left.
• Superclub Ministry Of Sound releases a second Anthems compilation on November 17.
The latest compilation covers 1991 to the present day over three CDs, and features tracks by Orbital, Snap!, Faithless, Robert Miles, Modjo, Sash!, Underworld, Arand Van Helden, Prodigy, Daft Punk and many more.
• Mixing influences from klezmer to reggae to pop, Esser’s new single Satisfied, stands alone.
The retro-sounding single from the up-and-coming star is available from November 17.
• MOBO nominee Asa releases a new single, No One Knows, on November 24.
The soulful single is a slice of the singer’s world-meets-soul style, captured on her self-titled debut album.
• Kid Rock is set to storm the charts again, following from his number one hit All Summer Long.
The rocker’s next track from the album Rock And Roll Jesus is Roll On, a tender ballad.
• Legendary singer songwriter Neil Young’s seminal 1968 live set at Canturbury House is to be released.
The archive Sugar Mountain Live performance, one of his first as a budding solo star, hits shelves on November 24.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at http://www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com/.

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Kid Rock on

• DESPITE bringing a sicknote to Download Festival this year, white trash icon Kid Rock has managed to record a new single.
The ‘American Bad Ass’ will release All Summer Long, a Lynyrd Skynrd homage taken from his album Rock N Roll Jesus, on July 7.
• Ska-influenced sharpshooters The Rifles are aiming at the charts with a new single, I Could Never Lie, out on July 21.
The band, whose jangly indie will appeal to former fans of The Libertines, are also planning to release an as-yet untitled second album in Otcober.
• Grime fighters Hadouken! release new single Crank It Up on July 7.
A frenetic flash of the band’s furious rave-rousing sound, the single is also available on their supurb album Music For An Accelerated Culture.
• Guildford-based band {satellite-state} have offered a taste of things to come with their debut four-track self-titled EP.
You can hear more fromthe band, who play sweeping, melodic MOR indie, at http://www.myspace.com/satellitestatemusic
• Dancefloor filling indie disco kids Look See Proof have released their debut album Between Here And There.
The album, despite its title, is where it’s at, with their choppy angular sound pioneered by the likes of Bloc Party, The Rakes and The Futureheads.
• In case you missed it, the world’s biggest band Coldplay have a new album out.
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends – so good they named it twice, eh? – was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs and includes the single Violet Hill.
• The Thirst are set to release a new single, My Everything, from their debut album On The Brink.
The Brixton band’s new release hits the shelves on July 14.
• Former Libertine Carl Barat’s latest vehicle, Dirty Pretty Things, is speeding towards the charts wih a new album.
Romance At Short Notice was released on June 30, and features the current single Tired Of England.
• If all of this is music to your ears, log on to Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice for more from the pop world.