New music guide The Neu Bulletin (7th July 2014)

DIY brings a batch of new music tips, featuring B. P Valenzuela, Farewell JR and Boston band dæphne.

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.

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:
Luka - London, Birthdays

Experimental Hamburg-based producer Luka makes his London live debut tonight. Expect at least one projection on a wall and a lifetime’s supply of stirring, textured electronic tracks. All being well, this’ll be a packed out first gig.

THE BIG NEU THING:
B. P Valenzuela - Building Too

B.P Valenzuela is a bleepy bloop phenomenon, a post-internet Philippines producer obsessed with Ryan Hemsworth and intelligent pop in equal measure. ‘Building Too’ is her latest, sharpest cut, a sweetly-tuned hyperactive collection of neat ideas. “It’s all a game,” runs the chorus, and this does indeed feel like playtime, an exploration that has zero bounds. Listen to the first part of the track - recorded several months back and part of a debut EP - here.

This is one of a couple of guises B. P Valenzuela makes music under - check out the compositional happyseabear and the dreamy halflit.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
dæphne

dæphne is a new band from Boston dosed up on twee/indie references to survive a cultural apocalypse. One of their songs is called ‘Driving Down a Country Highway Blasting Weezer’. Their arrive sporting the same emotionally-rinsed punk of Swearin’ et al., and their best track to date is the ultra-meta ‘Winona Ryder’. In this demo, rough edges are countered with sweet, attention-swerving vocals for Alexa, who claims that “coming up for air has been the root of all your problems” - it’s the kind of music that hits home regardless of its context or Tumblr-gone-psycho song titles.

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