Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every new track by an exciting, emerging artist that’s been played at full volume in the office over the past seven days, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion gems. Just depends how good the week’s been.
We’ve also got a handy Spotify playlist where you can find all the tracks featured in Neu, so you can listen to all our hot tips in one place: head this way!
Lynks - Pedestrian at Best
When Lynks (FKA Lynks Afrikka) played our online DIYsolation festival earlier this year, his Courtney Barnett cover was such a pingers’o’clock slammer that we probably should have issued a warning to unknowing watchers tuning in before 3pm. So it’s with no small amount of glee that his take on ‘Pedestrian at Best’ - a perfectly-pitched combination of speak-sing, neuroticism-encouraging verses and cathartic, fuck-it party chorus - arrives in recorded form. All we need now is a full collab. Please? (Lisa Wright)
Native Son - Domme Kinderen
Hot on the heels of debut single 'Brown Water', New York-based Native Son has shared his hypnotic genre-spanning second single 'Domme Kinderen'. Translating as "silly children", the song was born after watching his friend chasing after a girl, only to end up being strung along. Part alternative hip-hop bop, part jazz jam, part indie-tinged melody, Native Son expertly combines differing sounds to create something fresh and fun, resulting in a dazzling tune you won't be able to get out of your head. (Elly Watson)
Gustaf - Mine
The latest proprietors of angular art rock to emerge from the fruitful group of pals that have already gifted us Bodega, Public Practice and The Wants, Gustaf (fronted by the latter’s Lydia Gammill) clearly share more than a fondness for a pinging bassline with their peers. Part of what made Bodega such an appealing prospect was their knack for a wry, society-skewering one-liner; ‘Mine’, meanwhile, opens with the excellent “You said I’m much too old to still be lo-fi…” - some worthy competition for ‘Losing My Edge’-style self-deprecation. Add some deliciously clashing riffs and you’ll be wishing cross-Atlantic air travel was a less ill-advised proposition. (Lisa Wright)
Viji - Unfair
Brilliantly lofi but still insatiably poppy, the latest track to come from Dirty Hit-signed Viji is a laidback delight. Playing around with acoustic guitar in a similar vein to early material from No Doubt and Tegan and Sara, there's a candidness to her songwriting that feels unguarded but addictive, and works perfectly with the grungy funk that flows through 'Unfair'. "I'll tell you a secret, I never really knew where to begin," she may sing on the track, but it's clear she's found her feet now. (Sarah Jamieson)
Claud - Gold
While it’s no new thing for musicians to start up their own labels (everyone from Lily Allen to Sports Team have flaunted their A&R skills in recent years), when Phoebe Bridgers announced her new venture Saddest Factory earlier this month, you knew she’d probably be a pretty good CEO. ‘Gold’, the newest from New Yorker Claud, acts as Pheebs’ first release, and you can see why her ears were pricked up: imbued with an airy, Alvvays-esque romance, gauzy keys and a perfect, slightly ‘80s polish, it’s 3mins54 of charm personified. (Lisa Wright)
Audrey Nuna x DJ SNAKE - Damn Right (Pt. 2)
Teaming up with multi-platinum-selling producer DJ SNAKE for a remix of her latest single, Audrey Nuna has shared banging new track 'Damn Right (Pt. 2)'. Already making serious waves in the music biz, the Korean-American artist merges her razor sharp wordplay with trap-infused R&B beats, flipping between genres and packing a punch at every turn. Rightly being hailed as the next big thing, 'Damn Right' is just the latest proof that Audrey shouldn't be someone you're sleeping on. (Elly Watson)
Kamal - about the party
North West Londoner Kamal may still only be 18 years old, but he already seems to be wise beyond his years. With his newest offering, 'about the party', the songwriter traverses the age old dilemma of peer pressures, FOMO and the struggles validation - "I don't give a fuck about the party," he assures us - all against an earwormy, addictive beat. (Sarah Jamieson)
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He’s turning Courtney Barnett’s “existential punk anthem into an unapologetic gay-club-ready banger.”
It’s the latest glimpse into his forthcoming EP ‘Metro Dread’.
And she’s sharing new track ‘Unfair’ to celebrate.
It’s the first release from Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory label!