New music guide The Neu Bulletin (26th June 2014)

DIY’s batch of new music tips features Kevin Abstract and Mirror Kisses.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. Some of the music you’ll like, some of it you won’t. Think of it as a stream of recommendations that every so often pops up something spectacular.

Every day we offer up a choice show, a song of the day (branched under the understated heading “Big Neu Thing”) and a little something extra that’s caught our attention. Check back here every day for your latest Neu Bulletin delivery.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Kevin Abstract - Drugs

Melodic rapping is pretty hot right now, but very few are doing it quite as unique as Kevin Abstract is. The 17-year-old Texas-based rapper is not only unafraid to embrace more adventurous production, but he’s also keeping things remarkably ambitious. ‘Drugs’, the almost 8-minute-long second single from his upcoming ‘MTV 1987’ album, shows off his considerable talents and aspirations over distorted production that slowly transitions to something a lot more pretty. It’s not the most immediate of hip-hop, but here in post-‘Yeezus’ 2014 that sits well. [Joe Price]

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Mirror Kisses - Bleed

For those still mourning the loss of chillwave, it’s nice to see someone carry its deteriorated torch in some regard. Mirror Kisses’ ‘Bleed’ doesn’t follow chillwave’s footprints in the sand, it instead makes its own. The slightly eschewed yet shimmering track sounds as if it has been sat in the sun for far too long. However, It retains its freshness despite its sun-damaged qualities, proving that sometimes the best way to sound new is to repurpose what’s old [Joe Price].


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