New music guide The Neu Bulletin (29th April 2015)

DIY’s new music tips, featuring Bad Sounds, Afterbloom and Inad.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. 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 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:
Bad Sounds

London, The Macbeth

Fair enough, Bad Sounds have been somewhat outdone by a bloke called Mark Ronson in the funk stakes, since releasing debut track ‘Living Alone’. But that doesn’t stop the duo from being one of London’s more curious new acts, linking divine licks with straight-up pop production. Tonight they’re joined by Courts at The Macbeth, London.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Afterbloom - Shade

Midlands group Afterbloom made their Neu Bulletin debut last month with ‘Droned’, a dose of escapism lifted straight from the clutches of Mac DeMarco’s weirdest daydreams. ‘Shade’ is no different, stretching the four-piece’s divine, grass-stained goals into something more substantial. It sighs, it drags on into the distance, but Afterbloom make sluggishness sound oddly energised.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Inad - Thé EP

If Siri felt heartbreak, or if Cortana decided it was a bad move hanging out with Clean Bandit, these iOS systems might end up making music like Inad’s. This is the sound of a sad robot sharing its thoughts, vocoder-drenched lines being shaped by deft, minimal production. Debut EP ‘Thé’ is playful and personal, peaking with the gorgeous ‘Blue Nue’.

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