New music guide The Neu Bulletin (Our Mother, Elkka, Tayla & more)

DIY’s essential, weekly guide to the best new music.

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.

Our Mother - Just Don’t

London pop weirdos Our Mother impressed back in April with their dazzling ‘A.O.B.’ EP, and new single ‘Just Don’t’ lives up to lofty expectations. A skronky, otherworldly take on heartbroken pop, they flex and bend every element of its meticulous construction into warped new shapes.

Kyotoya - Always Away

Back before Deerhunter underwent an identity change for every record, they settled nicely in a zone of open-ended guitar notes and giant, bellowing atmospherics. Manchester band Kyotoya recall their ‘Microcastle’ era with aplomb, building noise from a neat, rhythmic base. They sound like nothing else coming out of their city, or indeed the UK.

Elkka - Try

Imagine Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers’ dosed under an ether, and you’ll be halfway there to understanding Elkka’s debut track. ‘Try’ filters R&B through a futuristic prism, medieval pads sharing the spotlight with glazed drum parts. It’s a seriously daring introduction, taken from the first of a series of EPs out via her own label Femme Culture.

Noga Erez - Dance While You Shoot

As far as debut singles go, few come more assured, politically woke and forward-thinking than Noga Erez’s first step. ‘Dance While You Shoot’ finds the Tel Aviv artist lamenting on a love/hate relationship with the state, under the filter of pitch-wobbling vocals and dagger-like concrete jabs. Next month, she supports Crystal Castles in Paris, before playing two dates in New York.

Tayla - Call Me Danger

The first few seconds of ‘Call Me Danger’, a debut single from Birmingham newcomer Tayla, suggests a neon-lit club spirit. But then out steps the teen’s flooring voice, completely switching the agenda. Both an ode to free-spirited youth and boldness, it’s the first step of a star in waiting.

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