New music guide The Neu Bulletin (3rd September 2015)

DIY’s daily guide to the best new music, featuring Bruising, Conner Youngblood and Semma.

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:
Bruising

Manchester, Fallow Cafe

Before playing a round of shows with Los Campesinos!, Leeds gems Bruising ram their forceful, fuzz-spliced rock down strangers’ nozzles with a couple of headline dates. Next week they play London Birthdays with Doe, Grubs and Lou E, but those in Manchester get a first glimpse of this exciting band. Support comes from Blooms and Long Limbs.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Semma - Fantasy

On her Star Slinger-produced debut, London’s Semma places herself up alongside superstars turning heads on both sides of the Atlantic. Tinashe might be stealing the show, but there’s a similar star factor running through ‘Fantasy’, which blends house keys with vocal acrobatics that’d get gold at World Championships. “I wanna be the centre of your attention,” she demands, and Semma doesn’t have any trouble in doing just that across two blink-and-you-missed-it minutes.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Conner Youngblood - Stockholm

Sample wizard Conner Youngblood seems to have a thing for traveling. Previous effort ‘Australia’ caught him down under and loved up. On ‘Stockholm’, he sounds similar swept, launching vocal-drenched lines above romantic string parts that could either come from a Zelda soundtrack or a tropical paradise wedding. Your pick. Either way, this is a dizzying work of future-R&B.

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