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.
Elohim - ‘Sensations’
Masks, faded and filtered imagery, enough production tricks to render Ableton defunct - Elohim does plenty to add mystery to her routine. But there’s no hiding the sheer magnitude of ‘Sensations’, the Los Angeles newcomer’s latest. Just a couple of steps away from ‘New Americana’ levels of huge, this is straight-for-the-gut pop built with head-spinning tools. A debut EP is out 20th May via B3SCI.
IYESAYA - ‘Monster’
London via Dorset producer IYESAYA’s new track is as upfront as they come. There might be heavy doses of effects on those vocals, but his lamenting growls - focused on the thoughtless appropriation of language around mental health - express a sensitive matter in a way that’s simple and straight-up. As fall-out and misinterpretation unravel, he’s still able to inject moments of charm, while keeping that hazy thunderstorm of sound in check. (Liam McNeilly)
Loa Loa - Monet
Packed with more hooks than a butcher’s cupboard, Loa Loa waste no time on wishy-washy statements. Much like rumbling debut ‘Landslide’, ‘Monet’ goes straight for the jugular, British twang paired with Cali-coast punk, Loa Loa themselves sitting slap bang in the centre of the Atlantic, middle fingers pointed at every passing cruise ship.
Spinning Coin - ‘Sides’
“Why are you giving up all your time?” Spinning Coin bark, over tense guitars and a sugar-coated wall of noise. Like a washing machine rumbling a wire out of its socket, the Glasgow group always threaten to self-destruct and topple over. But with the flick of a switch, they masterfully swing between moments of despair and frustration-laced rejoice. ‘Sides’ is the b-side on their new single, ‘Albany’, out now via Geographic Music.
Alex Cameron - She’s Mine
Put that utterly fantastic dancing to one side for a second. Go on. Give it a go. Ignore it. Okay fine - fucking hell look at Alex Cameron’s dad-shuffle, he’s got that shit nailed. It’s not all he’s a master of though, ‘She’s Mine’’s perfectly wobbly pop proving he’s got the pipes and the production talents too. Occupying the same weirdo-pop realm as Neu favourite Wesley Gonzalez, it’s an ace introduction to his incoming debut album on Secretly Canadian.
Albert Sorensen - ‘Too Young, Too Naive’
A breathless introduction, Sean Gage makes his mark as Albert Sorensen with tight-knit rhythm sections, saxophone and jazz-nodding guitar work. It’s a wild, frenzied but ultimately grounded first work, is ‘Too Young, Too Naive’. Just as it appears to bend and break, a snapping snare or jolting bass line will brings things back in formation.
IDER - ‘Sorry’
As recommended by Shura - who knows a thing or two about buzzy, self-starting producers - IDER’s ‘Sorry’ is a haunting first step. In the ‘Sorry’ stakes, this is less Bieber and Beyoncé, more Bon Iver lamenting on a lost love, piano keys covered in Wisconsin snow. Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville sound like they’ve been perfecting their debut track for an age. IDER give this a listen, if I were you.
Jazz Purple - ‘Intentions’
Manchester newcomer Jazz Purple’s music is like a mirage. As you get closer, what appears to be clear on first glance suddenly disappears from view. ‘Intentions’ is a smart and deceptive debut track, built on sweetly-sung vocoder and big-thinking pensiveness. The production is next level, too.
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