New music guide The Neu Bulletin (7th August 2015)

DIY’s weekend new music guide, featuring Pixx, Drones Club and the new album from NAH.

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:
Visions Festival

Hackney, London

Spanning across six venues, Visions Festival - entering its third year - remains a staple for one-offs and first glimpses. Alongside chances to see Holy Fuck and Jens Lekman make rare UK appearances, it’s also a prime opportunity to see 4AD signing Pixx, Madrid favourites Hinds, expectation-defying punks Ho99o9 and DIY staples The Big Moon before they all break big.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Drones Club - Without Sky

Two weeks ago, wedged in the middle of a bill containing Spring King and Yonaka - two of the most talked-about new acts in the country - Drones Club tried to steal the show at a DIY Presents gig.

Dressed in boiler suits and fronted by two limb-cracking dancers, they did everything but stick to the norm. Leaning more towards the provocative than the eye-opening, their early-days slot had plenty in common with rule-breakers The KLF. One thing was clear - this was wildly different.

‘Without Sky’ falls more in line with tradition. Pointing towards the future, it nevertheless links up with Hot Chip’s dancefloor-alighting antics or the industrial punch of Factory Floor, each bold move lined with a funk lick. Chances are Drones Club are going to be a love or hate it outfit. But their ambition is already making waves, and ‘Without Sky’ shows they’re going the right way about making an impression.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
NAH - LIGHT AS FUCK

One-man ticking timebomb NAH always threatens self-destruction. Back in May, he played one of Brighton fest The Great Escape’s most glueing sets, appearing before Ho99o9 in a night devoted to in-your-face expression. On stage, he spends his time thrashing to pre-loaded samples, his drum-kit taking centre stage before being violently shaken. With new album/mixtape ‘LIGHT AS FUCK’, he ties himself to the hyper-digital screams of Death Grips without repeating tricks. Like if The Avalanches had spent their last ten years in Room 101 before breaking out to tell the tale, there’s a reign of terror racing through this resplendent frenzy.

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