Neu The Neu Bulletin (PVA, Tungz, phem and more!)
DIY’s essential, weekly (kinda) guide to the best new music.
Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every new track by an exciting, emerging artist that’s been played at full volume in the office over the past seven days, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion gems. Just depends how good the week’s been.
We’ve also got a handy Spotify playlist where you can find all the tracks featured in Neu, so you can listen to all our hot tips in one place: head this way!
PVA - Talks
Having already displayed their dance credentials on Speedy Wunderground-recorded debut single ‘Divine Intervention’, now London trio PVA are adding a splash of funk to their repertoire on ‘Talks’. Meeting at the junction between the club and the mosh pit, their latest takes a little from Talking Heads, a little from ‘90s club culture and some deadpan vocals courtesy of Ella Harris and combines them in a heady mix made for sweaty, smoke machine-filled rooms at 2am (remember them?). If Working Men’s Club are leading the current charge of rave-inclined guitar bands, then PVA are creeping up on their heels. (Lisa Wright)
Tungz - Somebody To Get Shy With
While blissed out summer vibes may currently feel like a thing of the past, Bristol band Tungz are determined to try and emulate at least a little of last month’s warmth with their newest track ‘Somebody To Get Shy With’. A collaboration with fellow Bristolians Bad Sounds, the track’s possessed by a giddy Tame Impala funk, its chorus a swaggering earworm that’ll be lingering in your mind til the next sunny day rolls around. (Sarah Jamieson)
phem - stfu
LA-based alt-pop artist phem has been buzzing on the sidelines for sometime, featuring and co-writing tracks with some of music’s biggest names, and becoming somewhat of a cult icon with teen fans. But now her ascent into full-blown pop sensation in her own right is, rightfully, kicking off. Sharing new track ‘stfu’, a sleek, melancholic sizzler about “overthinking and overanalysing”, phem perfectly soundtracks the kind of angsty teenage evenings we’ve all sat through, oozing cool with her laidback vocals and cutting lyrics. An intriguing glimpse into what else she’s got in store, we might be pledging allegiance to the cult of phem soon too… (Elly Watson)
QuinzeQuinze - Le Jeune
Drawing on its members Polynesian heritage (two of QuinzeQuinze’s quartet hail from Tahiti) and combining the rich, expressive percussion of that music with spacious, forward-looking production, ‘Le Jeune’ - the group’s debut release on new Beggars imprint S76 - feels at once classic and innovative. Underpinned by steel drums that add a welcoming warmth, its vocal, meanwhile, could happily sit alongside any of Friendly Fires’ more wide-eyed offerings. A welcome reminder of sunnier climes as we sink into the six month-long shower that we call British winter. (Lisa Wright)
Hauskey - Somewhere
Written during week three of lockdown in Sydney, Aussie newcomer Hauskey has shared his upbeat new bop ‘Somewhere’, aiming to deliver a welcome bit of escapism during these crazy times. A Rex OC-esque sunshine-soaked track, Hauskey delivers on his promise to bring a nice slice of pop goodness into our lives, filling his latest track with grooves and good vibes that’ll have you forgetting about the impending apocalypse in no time. (Elly Watson)
Coach Party - Can’t Talk, Won’t
“I’m really tired, I should do some work / I’m uninspired, I can barely talk / No one told me what it’s like,” sings Coach Party’s Jess Eastwood on the latest track to come from the Isle of Wight quartet. Digging into the feeling of being distracted by a myriad of underlying, unresolved issues, ‘Can’t Talk, Won’t’ is an unsurprisingly cathartic blitz, showing just how much repressing things can take its toll. But with its grungy guitars and arms aloft chorus, it’s a liberating offering to boot. (Sarah Jamieson)
Girls of the Internet - Time
“We wanted to see if we could marry an R’n’B, Soul vocal with a dub techno backing,” Girls of the Internet say of their newest track. “Turns out, we can!” Moulding their plethora of influences into a mesmerisingly ethereal track, ‘Time’ is a pulsating lullaby-esque song, with poignant vocals floating effortlessly over a piano-lead loop. A stunningly unique offering from the group, if Girls of the Internet want to try something stylistically different out, we’re putting our money on the fact that they’re bound to succeed. (Elly Watson)
Molly Payton - How To Have Fun
Molly’s background might be in the slacker-rock end of London’s singer-songwriter-producers, but there’s a profound quality to the newcomer’s deep vocal that suggests something far more emotive, menacing even. And on ‘How To Have Fun’, her take on “cool”, we’re told, it’s used in pretty damn good fashion, allowing the singer’s disdain to show through on angst-channeling form. (Emma Swann)
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