News The Neu Bulletin (20th May 2014)

Today’s new music guide features Benjamin Booker, ELEL and Vicktor Taiwò.

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. We can’t please everyone, sorry.

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.

THE GIG
Benjamin Booker - London, The Old Blue Last


Rough Trade-signed and Jack White-approved, Benjamin Booker is bringing bluesy, Nashville-endorsed rock ‘n roll to the boozy haunt of the Old Blue Last tonight. Don’t bet against Booker becoming a real star over the next year or so.

THE BIG NEU THING
ELEL - 40 Watt


Sugared up and ready to climb palm tree branches, ELEL’s ‘40 Watt’ is a shameless debut track, a clear-headed attempt to sum up the summer in one swift, checkmate move. There’s a hint of Yeasayer, a bit dollop of MGMT in its factor 30 addictiveness. And it barely takes a second to reach its maddening, oddball chorus, so damn immediate it should carry a restraining order. “World Pop” of the most well-travelled kind.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS
Vicktor Taiwò - Paradise Island


“Your mother’s eyes are filled with grief,” East London newcomer Vicktor Taiwò declares on ‘Paradise Island’, and from thereonin it’s clear his debut isn’t exactly going to be a sunny ride. But in darkness resides creativity, and this dramatic string-filled number eventually shows its impressive hand. Not exactly a summer anthem like ELEL’s up above, but good lord it possesses enough character to render the entire Eastenders cast jobless.

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