Little Boots a polished act

• KICKING off her campaign for superstardom this week is Little Boots.
The hotly-tipped electropop star, real name Victoria Hesketh, put out her shimmering debut album Hands, which features the single New In Town, this Monday.
• Pucker up – I Kissed A Girl star Katy Perry is back with a new single.
Waking Up In Vegas, the latest track to be taken from her album One Of The Boys, was released this week.
• Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros’s rare debut album Von was re-released this week.
The band’s album, orginally released in 1997 in Iceland, is now available to buy.
• VV Brown, an indie pop singer songwriter who has been tipped for the top, has released a new single.
Monday saw the release of VV’s third single, Shark In The Water, ahead of her album Travelling Like The Light.
• Singer Pixie Lott released her debut single Mama Do on June 8.
Pixie will also be appearing nationwide in support of The Saturdays, including gigs at De Montfort Hall in Leicester and Nottingham’s Concert Hall.
• Soul icon Chaka Khan has a new single out this week.
For the track Disrespectful, taken from her album Funk This, Chaka has teamed up with singer Mary J Blige.
• Orchestral pop outfit The Mummers’ new album is out now.
Tale To Tell is the first output by The Mummers, the guise of singer Raissa Khan-Panni.
• Spanish band Bastila have released a self-titled album.
Bastila was released in the UK on June 1.
• One sure to spread quickly is The Airborne Toxic Event’s new EP.
Happiness Is Overrated, the guitar group’s follow-up to their self-titled album, was released this week.
• Cool cats know that Cougar are a band to watch.
The group, who blur the lines between metal and electronica, release a double A-side of Rhinelander/Thundersnow this week.
• If all of this is music to your ears, you can read more from the pop world online at www.echoisaacashe.blogspot.com

Folky bloke a-okay

• HUNKY folk singer songwriter Seth Lakeman releases his new album, Poor Man’s Heaven, on June 30.
The West Country artist’s third album is another tasty slice of acoustic rock-influenced rhythmic folk.
• Pianist and singer Sara Bareilles’s new album, Little Voice, has hit the UK.
The album, which features the breakthrough single Love Song, has already proved a big hit in the US with its radio-friendly sound.
• New Yorker Jesse McCartney is destined to be a big Jesse, after releasing his album of R’n’B slicker than a greased hog.
Described as a blend of Michael Jackson and Timbaland, the album, Departure, features the single Leavin’.
• Bag yourself a bottle of Blue Nun and turn up the fondue – 70’s Dinner Party is released on July 7.
A three CD nostalgia trip, the compilation features artists Demis Roussos, David Soul, 10cc, Art Garfunkel, Telly Savalas, Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton and many more.
• BWO – Bodies Without Organs – release a new single, Lay Your Love On Me, on July 28.
The pop dance legends new single is a precurser to their latest album, singles collection Pandemonium, which is released on August 11.
• Swedish band Napoleon are ready to invade the UK’s shores with a raucous new single Send Me A Woman.
The sound of the band is a big as the band itself – made up of 10 members.
• Soapstar superstar Richard Fleeshman has a new single out, Back Here, on July 14.
The singer, a former Coronation Street actor, is also touring theUK during June and July – check out his myspace page for more information.
• Hip indie band Black Kids’ new single, Hurricane Jane, is released on June 23.
You can hear the song, which propelled the band onto the critics’ radars this year, at a series of UK tour dates up until August. For more details check out their myspace.
• There will be no mistaking The Corrections following the release of their debut album Repeat After Me on July 7.
The band, who have been compared to Radiohead and Arcade Fire, are back after previously hitting the shelves under the guise of The Fallout Trust.
• Former Afro Celt Sound System meber, Guinean kora and balafon player and singer N’Faly KouyatÈ releases an album with his backing band Dunyakan on August 4.
The LP, titled Tunya, tells stories frrom his West African homeland in traditional African music mixed with electronica, rock, classical and pop.
• Kaki King, the only female guitarist to ever be named a Guitar God by Rolling Stone magazine, is back with a dazzling new album Dreaming Of Revenge.
The guitarist and singer, whose virtuoso playing is world-renowned, has mixed her unearthly skills on a six-string with electronica and looping techniques to create an acheingly beautful effort.
• Cheeky Liverpudlians The Rascals have finally released their debut album Rascalize.
The indie boys’ album, a raw, energetic effort, will be lapped up by fans of The Coral and Arctic Monkeys.
• Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette has released her first studio album after a four-year absence.
Flavours Of Engagement blends her distictive pop rock sound with Eastern percussion, strings and electronica.
• Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros have released a new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endelaust.
The catchily-titled album sees the band’s spacey sound stripped down – as does the artwork.
• Whoooo! The Black Ghosts, made up of former knob-twiddlers in Simian and The Wiseguys, release their eponymous debut album on July 7.
The electro, dubstep album, destined for the dancefloor, features the Damon Albarn collaboration Repetition Kills You.
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