Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every single thing that’s been played at full volume in the office, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion acts. Just depends how good the week’s been.
Alongside our weekly round-up of discoveries, there are also Neu Picks. These are the very best songs / bands to have caught our attention, and there’s a new one every weekday. Catch up with the most recent picks here.
(Photo: Big Thief)
Babeheaven - Heaven
Softly bubbling up from warmer climes, there’s a buzz behind Babeheaven that’s impossible to ignore. Slightly daft band name aside, there’s something instantly hooking about debut track ‘Heaven’ - as they fill their glass with all manner of tropical juices, it’s a marker of summer’s imminent arrival, and a first taste of a band who may just own the season.
Los Angeles Police Department - Hard
The delicate wilt of Sufjan Stevens floats throughout Los Angeles Police Department’s latest. That multi-tracked vocal billowing like a familiar duvet amongst admissions that “I find it hard to be alone,” it still manages to find the odd ray of sunshine amongst the loneliness, stabs of strings adding a spring in ‘Hard”s step despite the heartbreak.
Big Thief - Masterpiece
“This place smells like piss and beer, can you get me out?” sings Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker; a sentiment anybody with even vague experience of a secondary school P.E changing room can surely identify with. On ‘Masterpiece,’ this Brooklyn duo show a knack for witty, quotidian lyrics time and time again.
False Advertising - Alopecia
Thundering forward, there’s a momentum behind ‘Alopecia’ that marks False Advertising out as potential future leaders of the new grunge pack. Sharing the snot and snarl of Milk Teeth figurehead Becky Blomfield, there’s a similar sense of sickness to Jen Hingley’s rolled-eyes delivery of the track’s everyday, oh-so-relatable focal point: “I hope my hair don’t fall out.”
Miles From Kinshasa - ‘KAYA’
The Congolese town of Kinshasa might indeed be miles away (3,900 odd miles, to be exact) but in his latest track, ‘KAYA,’ Miles From Kinshasa creates something close, and all-enveloping; ringing with crisp rim-shots, and looming, skeletal bass-shudders. Fitting that Kaya is also a kind of super-sweet coconut jam - this is, rich, textural, and dangerously addictive songwriting.
Little Scream - Love As A Weapon
If Dolly Parton and Prince got together and formed a psychedelic hoedown band, it wouldn’t sound far off Montreal’s Little Scream. Throwing strutting basslines, glammy, glee-filled woops, and thumbs-in-belt-loops guitar riffs together onto a multi-splatted canvas, ‘Love as a Weapon’ marks her first track in four years. Quite some return.