Certifiably brilliant

• YOU’D be mad as a hatter not to pick up a copy of Kasabian’s new album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
The newly-released LP, the Leicester-based band’s third album, contains their certifiably-brilliant current single Fire.
• Like a bat out of Hell, Meat Loaf is back!
The oversized rocker has remastered his 1984 collection of oversized rock songs Hits Out Of Hell, with two new additions, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and I’d Lie For you (And That’s The Truth).
• Alternative metal masters Incubus have returned from a hiatus with two new tracks as part of a two-CD best of collection.
Monuments And Melodies, which covers the group’s hits from the Make Yourself album up until the present day, is out now.
• New Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks are looking to blast themselves into the charts.
Their stunning debut album, These Four Walls, was released this week.
• Irish pop sensations The Script continue their chart conquering antics with a fifth single, Before The Worst.
And given their previous successes, take it as read The Script will score another hit with the big-sounding track.
• Hidden gems from the musical past of African nation Benin have been unearthed for a new compilation album.
The Legends Of Benin album, part of the Analog Africa series, features some of the funkiest groups to come out of the country in the 1970s.
• Holy smoke! Brighton-based band Pope Joan are back.
The quirky funky math rockers have a double A-side single, Centurions/Volumes, out this month.
• Wonders of the musical world Dub Colossus have released a new EP this week.
Return To Addis is a companion CD to their critically acclaimed 2008 release A Town Called Addis.
• Fans of funky house should pick up a copy of Crazy Cousins’ latest LP, This Is Funky Volume One.
The compilation of established anthems and the latest floorfillers was released this Monday.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com

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Best seller Estelle

• CHART-topping soul sensation Estelle has followed up the Kanye West, Will.i.am collaboration American Boy with a new single No Substitute Love.
The single is taken from her debut album Shine, which includes work with Swizz Beats, Will.i.am, Cee Lo, Kanye West and John Legend.
• Legendary indie experimentalists Primal Scream are back with a new sound and a new album, Beautiful Future, featuring work with Lovefoxxx, Josh Homme and Linda Thompson.
You can hear their new sound from July 14 when new single, Can’t Go Back Out, hits the shelves.
• Dreamy singer songwriter James Blunt is again tugging on the heart strings with a new single I Really Want You.
The track is taken from his album All The Lost Souls, and will be among tracks played on tour around the UK this October.
• Fresh from a top three finish in Hell’s Kitchen, Paul Young is again set to bother the charts with a 25th anniversary edition of his number one album No Parlez.
The popstar’s classic album features tracks such as Wherever I Lay My Hat, Iron Out The Rough Spots and Love Will Tear Us Apart.
• The folk and pop fusion of Sidewinder is set to hit the shops in the form of single Shooting Stars.
The song about a rescue dog is taken from Shooting Stars’ forthcoming eponymous debut album.
• Chester-born reggae sensation Ava Leigh is releasing a new single Mad About The Boy this month.
The hotly-tipped single, described as “bottled Summer”, is taken from her as-yet untitled debut album, expected later this year.
• Hook-laden rockers Cute Is What We Aim For have released a new single, Practice Makes Perfect, and a new album, Rotation.
The new output is the follow-up to 2006’s critically-acclaimed The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch.
• Four-piece avant-pop band Pope Joan are releasing their debut album, Hot Water, Lines And Rickety Machines later this year.
The debut LP from the Brighton-based band mixes angular rock in the vein if The Futureheads with unashamedly poppy sensibilities.
• Stepping out of the shadows of support slots with the likes of Sam Sparro, The Cribs and One Nigt Only, four-piece Sukie are set for the big time with their new single Pink-A-Pade.
The track, already in shops, is a Kinks-esque stomper of a track.
• If all of this is music to your ears, log on to Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice for more from the pop world.