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DIY’s essential guide to the best new music.

Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best and freshest new music. Your one stop shop for buzzy new bands and red hot emerging stars, it features all the tracks we’ve been rinsing at full volume over the last week.

We’ve also got a handy Spotify playlist where you can find all the Neu tracks we’ve been loving, so you can listen to all our hot tips in one place!

FIZZ - High In Brighton

The debut single from the supergroup headed up by Orla Gartland and dodie, ‘High In Brighton’ is an unashamedly maximalist offering that sounds plucked from a West End musical stage rather than a meeting of minds on the indie-pop touring circuit. Big, multi-part choruses and rollocking piano tumbles abound as FIZZ run giddily around the streets of the Kent coast; there’s even a quiet solo moment before the action crashes back in again with a key change. It’s totally OTT, deeply uncool and sounds a bit like a lost scene from Matilda the Musical. It’s great. (Lisa Wright)

Miso Extra - Space Junk

Laden with lavish, otherworldly beats and a vocal performance that flows and fizzes, Miso Extra’s latest offering is a tight teaser for what her upcoming EP ‘MSG’ is set to bring. Deftly arranged, with bright production and excitable, exuberant textures, ‘Space Junk’ is Miso Extra’s abstract version of a breakup song: instead of overtly bluesy lyrics or minor chords, Miso crafts a mood with her sinking synths and nods to classic R&B rhythms, in a future-facing package. (Ims Taylor)

swim school - Bored

Following on from their recently-released ‘Duality’ EP, the latest offering from Edinburgh’s swim school is a scuzzy but biting delight. Continuing the narrative theme of previous track ‘Delirious’ - which saw the band’s Alice Johnson square up to the misogyny she’s faced within the music industry - ‘Bored’ is a defiant shutdown (“Do I intimidate you, are you telling the truth? / Please waste your time, I’ve got nothing to prove”) of a track with powerful sonics to match. (Sarah Jamieson)

STONE - I Gotta Feeling

STONE are channelling all their rollicking frustrations and agitations into the burst of gloomy noise that is ‘I Gotta Feeling’. Black Eyed Peas feel-good tune this is not, as it rumbles to life with an Oasis-ready rock and roll riff, and vocalist Fin Power starts to reel off everything currently pissing him off. He takes aim at toxic masculinity, culminating in a defeated grumble of “shout out to the writers of Peaky Blinders… you inspired the new ages of wankers”. A leap around chorus, an irate siren of a whoop, and a hissing breakdown later, STONE are done for the minute. But not for long, you expect… (Ims Taylor)

Pablo Brooks - Boys Don’t Cry

There’s a certain thing that Lorde does very well - going from hushed, innocuous beginnings into an explosion of a gigantic chorus in one fell swoop - that you sense Dusseldorf’s Pablo Brooks has probably been studying quite intently. He’s clearly a top set student too; taking the problematic phrasing of its title and throwing it back into a rotten ex’s face, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is like if ‘Solar Power’ swapped its chill beach spirit for some hot pop revenge. (Lisa Wright)

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