Razorlight return

• THE cutting edge brilliance of Razorlight returns to the charts this month, in the form of new single Wire To Wire.
The track, the first taste of forthcoming third album Slipway Fires, is an affecting ballad with a hook catchier than flu.
You can catch a copy when it hits stores on October 27.
• Metal titans Trivium have released their fourth album, the bone-shattering Shogun.
The album brilliantly showcases the group’s technical mastery and brutal thrash metal sound.
• This’ll cheer you up – New Zealand indie rockers Cut Off Your Hands have released a new EP, Happy As Can Be.
The Bernard Butler-produced four-and-a-hidden-track release is sure to whet the appetite for full-length release You And I, due early 2009.
• Dundee’s finest The View are back with a new single, 5Rebbeccas, released on October 27.
The raucous ripsnorter of a release is being backed up by a 35 date tour including nights at Nottingham’s Bodega and Leicester’s Charlotte.
• Oddball Swedish singer songwriter Lykke Li has a new single from her album Youth Novels out on October 27.
Little Bit is a hushed, breathy hit-in-waiting which could see Lykke following in the footsteps of fellow Scandanavians Robyn and Feist.
• Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer songwriter Laura Marling is hoping to have a good day on October 27, when new single Night Terror is released.
The former Noah And The Whale singer’s will be playing the track, plus others from debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, at gigs at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms and Birmingham’s Glee Club during November.
• You don’t have to be flush to make a deposit towards the Empty Boat cause.
The international musical collective release an album, Waitless, on October 27, and every copy sold will see money donated to Pump Aid, who provide much-needed sanitation in some of the poorest countries in the world.
• Four-time Grammy winner Tracy Chapman is back with a new single, album and European tour in November.
Album Our Bright Future and single Sing For You are released on November 10, and the singer arrives in the UK on December 12.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com.

Sparkling Perry

• PUCKER up – Katy Perry is set to to release her debut album on September 1.
The I Kissed A Girl singer’s may be yet to release her debut LP, One Of The Boys, but she is already a pop A-lister.
In fact, demand was so high for her debut single it had to be released early – so expect a rush for One Of The Boys.
• After 16 years and six studio albums, the formidable back catalogue of The Chemical Brothers has been dusted down and shaken up for new release Brotherhood.
As well as all time classics such as Hey Boy Hey Girl, Out Of Control and Setting Sun, two new tracks –Midnight Madness and Keep My Composure – have been recorded for the release.
• If you’re after exciting new rock music, definately check out The Maybes?.
The Liverpudlian band, who have compared to giants like Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys, release their debut album Promise on September 15.
• Fear not fans of quirky Scandanavian pop, luckily Lykke Li releases a new single Breaking It Up on August 25.
The single precedes a UK tour for the singer, who will be visiting venues including Birmingham’s Glee Club.
• Band on the run – new kid on the block Fugative’s “hip-pop” single It’s Summertime hits stores on September 15.
The 14-year-old heartthrob will also be performing around the UK – at least during the school summer holidays.
• Following the release of their album A Book Like This earlier this year, Australian duo Angus And Julia Stone release new single Just A Boy on August 25.
• This’ll get you in a sweat – Gym Class Heroes have a new single out on September 1.
The track, Cookie Jar, is the first selected from the American alternative hip hoppers’ new album The Quilt, which is also out next month.
• In an interview, US presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain have revealed their favourite songs.
Obama’s number one was The Fugees’ Ready Or Not, and McCain’s all time favourite was ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world at Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice.