Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every single thing that’s been played at full volume in the office, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion acts. Just depends how good the week’s been.
Alongside our weekly round-up of discoveries, there are also Neu Picks. These are the very best songs / bands to have caught our attention, and there’s a new one every weekday. Catch up with the most recent picks here.
Our Mother - Just Don’t
London pop weirdos Our Mother impressed back in April with their dazzling ‘A.O.B.’ EP, and new single ‘Just Don’t’ lives up to lofty expectations. A skronky, otherworldly take on heartbroken pop, they flex and bend every element of its meticulous construction into warped new shapes.
Kyotoya - Always Away
Back before Deerhunter underwent an identity change for every record, they settled nicely in a zone of open-ended guitar notes and giant, bellowing atmospherics. Manchester band Kyotoya recall their ‘Microcastle’ era with aplomb, building noise from a neat, rhythmic base. They sound like nothing else coming out of their city, or indeed the UK.
Elkka - Try
Imagine Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers’ dosed under an ether, and you’ll be halfway there to understanding Elkka’s debut track. ‘Try’ filters R&B through a futuristic prism, medieval pads sharing the spotlight with glazed drum parts. It’s a seriously daring introduction, taken from the first of a series of EPs out via her own label Femme Culture.
Noga Erez - Dance While You Shoot
As far as debut singles go, few come more assured, politically woke and forward-thinking than Noga Erez’s first step. ‘Dance While You Shoot’ finds the Tel Aviv artist lamenting on a love/hate relationship with the state, under the filter of pitch-wobbling vocals and dagger-like concrete jabs. Next month, she supports Crystal Castles in Paris, before playing two dates in New York.
Tayla - Call Me Danger
The first few seconds of ‘Call Me Danger’, a debut single from Birmingham newcomer Tayla, suggests a neon-lit club spirit. But then out steps the teen’s flooring voice, completely switching the agenda. Both an ode to free-spirited youth and boldness, it’s the first step of a star in waiting.