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.
Glass Animals - London, Rough Trade East (Free)
It’s one of the debuts of the year, and today Glass Animals’ ‘ZABA’ gets a trusty send-off at London’s Rough Trade East for a free instore. The Oxford group are just making their first steps - this is the kind of record that’ll filter and make an impact as the summer progresses.
THE BIG NEU THING:
Elder Island - The Big Unknown
Funk like you’ve never heard it before, Elder Island’s latest track starts off with slick licks and the kind of strut Nile Rodgers’ capable of producing on a whim. Think All We Are with a softer touch. The Bristol trio then enter with stranger elements; vocals that seem almost distant in their application, especially compared to a Jai Paul-style guitar line that outweighs everything.
OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Absorb the scuzz. An unlikely location to host the next scuzzy rock ‘n roll triumph, Saratov, Russia houses Black Waggons. Their debut EP is a Deap Vally-style thrill-a-minute burst into full-blooded, obnoxious territory. Abrasive doesn’t remotely cut it. This is grubby as hell and proud.