New music guide The Neu Bulletin (2nd October 2014)

Cosmo Sheldrake, Dead Times and Xul Zolar feature in DIY’s new music tips.

Photo: Carolina Faruolo / DIY

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:
Cosmo Sheldrake supports Sylvan Esso - London, Oslo

Following his set at Transgressive’s 10th Birthday celebrations, multi-instrumentalist troubadour Cosmo Sheldrake continues to offer his distinctive take on things with a support slot for blog-pop hall of fame’ers Sylvan Esso. This year’s ‘The Moss’ single remains a 2014 gem, incapable of dropping momentum.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Dead Times - Better Off

It’s hard to know exactly where LA’s Dead Times are headed, whether they’re entirely content with plugging out Soundcloud gems without playing tons of international shows or doing the whole album-release tradition. As it stands, they’ve penned their catchier number yet with ‘Better Off’. Jarell Parry guests on vocals, words made to crackle and croon with almost robotic intention. It’s all backed with sax, booming house keys and a Friday night euphoria. These guys aren’t dropping off the radar anytime soon.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Xul Zolar - Ilajaly

Taken from a debut EP, Cologne’s Xul Zolar storm into the scene with ‘Ilajaly’, a bustling synth pop track that could emerge from the darkest depths of David Byrne’s more funk-inclined imagination. Vocals are shrouded in reverb, and could probably do with stepping out and introducing themselves a little more, but they’re not the vital ingredient in this dazzling slice of headrush pop.

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