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!
CMAT - 2 Wrecked 2 Care
When it comes to a song titled ‘2 Wrecked 2 Care’, it would be reasonable to expect tales of wild nights out, inhibitions let loose; maybe too many shots, a few questionable dance moves. The reality, however - at least according to the wonderful CMAT - is not “glamorous or sensual”: it’s about how sleep deprivation just isn’t the one. “Four hours sleep I’m grateful / Three hours sleep I’m skipping things.” she sings, before things take a very real turn: “Two hours sleep, I’m a hateful bitch.” Another example of CMAT’s quick wit and insatiable relatability, if ever we needed an anthem for laying awake at night, this is the one. (Sarah Jamieson)
Lazarus Kane - Milk At My Door
Shedding his previous silk kimono-clad sunglasses-wearing skin and emerging sans the fake Southern US accent, Lazarus Kane (or Ben Jakes as he now goes by) is back with ‘Milk At My Door’. Still as delightfully fun and infectious as ever, the Bristol-based six-piece returned with their latest slice of wonk-pop goodness that aims to “hold a mirror to the often darkly comedic and surreal ways in which we deal with difficult situations”. With its punchy bop-a-long beats and yelping vocals ensuring this one sticks in your mind, Lazarus Kane 2.0 is here and he’s not going anywhere. (Elly Watson)
Molly Payton - Honey
Kiwi newcomer Molly Payton’s latest is as sweet and oozing as its namesake. Building on the unabashed romanticism of her ‘Porcupine’ EP from late last year, its sweeping, shoegazey guitars more than hint at Cocteau Twins and Pixies while her acerbic words seem to hang in the air like smoke: “One second I need you / Then I’m running away again”, she croons before its lush breakdown. Superstar in the making? It’s distinctly possible. (Alex Cabré)
Geese - Disco
Newly signed to super label Partisan (IDLES, Fontaines DC, Laura Marling et al), the debut single from New York’s Geese has that rare ability to sound both tricksy and underground, yet indisputably widescreen and massive. Changing time signatures, moving through antsy Interpol-isms to bright moments of relief to something almost akin to U2 at their ‘80s finest, ‘Disco’ may be far removed from the dancefloor but it could already sound huge in the stadium. (Lisa Wright)
Hussy - New Fair
“Drag my body/ It makes it worthy,” sings Sophie Ellison on her latest as Hussy. But while, lyrically, ‘New Fair’ might give in to the ultimate rewards of weathering out the storm, musically the track is a far looser thing, all meditative, slightly echoey guitars and spacious vocals. You could more easily line Ellison up with her US counterparts - a dash of Snail Mail here, a touch of Jay Som there - but there’s also a nod to Fleetwood Mac in the easy charm of its chorus. A heady concoction. (Lisa Wright)
John Glacier - If Anything
Making their introduction with a spellbinding debut track, Hackney’s John Glacier has revealed ‘If Anything’. The first glimpse of debut project ‘SHILOH: Lost For Words’, John’s refreshing take on rap, that finds the unique artist marrying overblown sonics with her hypnotic flow as she details the aftermath of infatuation, paired with production from Vegyn, manifests in a first offering that’ll have you desperate for more. (Elly Watson)
Margot - Fame
Shot through with a darker, piercing guitar line that nods to Blue Öyster Cult’s 1976 classic ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’, the latest from Peckham quintet Margot builds on the lush layers of their recent tracks to deliver something with a little more bite. Helmed by singer Alex Hannaway’s smooth, precise tones, ‘Fame’ still lands on the controlled side of things; don’t expect any mid-song crashing wig outs to jump at you. But there’s an iciness present here that also suggests they’re not entirely playing nice either. (Lisa Wright)
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