New music guide The Neu Bulletin (12th August 2014)

DIY’s batch of new music tips includes Adult Jazz, Token and Spooky Black.

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. Most of these are Bandcamp finds, big ups from readers or cheeky submissions that pop out of the inbox.

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 and follow our ‘Listen’-tag for everything new music related.

THE GIG:
Adult Jazz - London, Electrowerkz

A week on from the release of their debut album, Leeds band Adult Jazz play a sort-of launch night at the Electrowerkz, showcasing the spellbinding, twisting-and-turning depths of this brave first work. It’s a record that exists to deceive, and live, this band give an even firmer impression of their experimental edge. See a special band making their baby steps.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Spooky Black - Leaving EP

The mythologising around post-internet R&B sensation Spooky Black’s already begun. The guy looks like he’s stepped straight out of the East 17 auditions, and he spends the majority of his time skulking around a snow-covered forest. When he gets to the studio, out steps a voice that doesn’t quite make sense - it’s shallow, but something doesn’t add up when putting the Spooky Black image next to his early productions. That’s the magic of it all, in some senses. He looks like a wannabe gangster, and he sings like something heaven-sent. His ‘Leaving’ EP cements him as a curious star who probably isn’t fussed about the stardom. The highlight is ‘pull’, a track that filters sweet guitar lines through a siren-like, muffled aesthetic.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Token - Your Woman (White Town Cover)

A couple of months back, Toronto musician Anne Douris shared her startling debut as TOKEN, ‘METEOR’. Douris isn’t shy in hiding that she’s a product of the ‘90s. Art accompanying everything she’s released so far steps right out of a Gameboy Colour and never looks back. The same applies for ‘Your Woman’, a newly shared cover of the best thing to come out of Derby since bread pudding, White Town. TOKEN’s take is a skewed, intentionally fucked up version of a criminally unsung song.

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