New music guide The Neu Bulletin (Sweat, Estrons, Jodie Abacus & more)

DIY’s weekly guide to the best new music.

Neu Bulletins are your weekly guide to the best new music doing the rounds. They’ll 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. This week, we’ve hosted everything from the noisy pop of Eugene Quell to the brooding, serrated post-punk of overwhelmingly exciting New Yorkers WALL.

Catch up with all our Neu Picks here.

(Photo: Jodie Abacus by Anna P)

Sweat - ‘Be Complete’

The latest in the capital’s slinky, dance-leaning indie troupes, Sweat are racking up associations. They’re playing an oh-so-trendy Peckham show in an abandoned house alongside Pumarosa tomorrow, following a recent date at The Shacklewell Arms in support of Autobahn at the tail end of last month. Debut track ‘Be Complete’ might not arrive as fully formed as its title might suggest, but there are moments of sheer brilliance amongst its guttural dancefloor pop. When they go full on bombastic for the grand finale, it suggests that, with a bit of screw tightening, Sweat might just have 2016 firmly in their crosshairs.

Estrons - ‘Make A Man’

Cardiff via Sweden force Estrons aren’t going to wait for approval. Their ‘Make a Man’ single has the energy of a hyped up caffeine addict spinning off a treadmill, all chopped-up and stomping power chords and harsh-as-night vocals. Debut EP ‘Whoever She Was…’ is a late year essential.

Jodie Abacus - ‘Hot Kitchen’

There’s something grin-inducing about Jodie Abacus’ unashamedly sweet pop inflections on ‘Hot Kitchen’. The South London newcomer’s been churning out massive, funk-infused oddities at an alarming rate, but his latest single’s a huge leap forward. Combining the pout-ready bass of Thundercat with the disco du-jour of Todd Terje and co., it’s all tied together with the sort of unifying pop sensibility that made Kelis a household name. Resistance is futile as Jodie drags you to the dancefloor - he’ll surely be filling them for months and years to come once this pesky winter’s out the way.

Sylvia Wrath - ‘Saint Catherine’

Sylvia Wrath is a musician from Corrigan, going beyond puns with the smoke-stained headrush of ‘Saint Catherine’. The debut releases ranges from cold, disjointed guitar patterns to the kind of vocals that could sour the sweetest of situations. Intentionally upfront and open-wounded, it’s the definition of harsh.

Gosh Pith - ‘Gold Chain’

Handclap snares and flickering, scratched guitars form the backbone of Gosh Pith’s latest. This Detroit duo pick up influence and jot down inspiration wherever it takes hold - in the backs of cars, in disused city spaces, the list (probably) goes on. If it all sounds a bit disparate, don’t take that as a negative - it’s that pulled together sense of the ramshackle that lends ‘Gold Chain’ its charm. Slinky R’n’B with clear nods to the likes of Frank Ocean might not be re-writing any books, but it’s never felt so wonderfully fragile as it does in the hands of Gosh Pith.

Dumbo Gets Mad - ‘Youniverse’

Dumbo Gets Mad got lost somewhere in the middle of a ‘80s love-story soundtrack and a shiny disco club from a lost decade. Their funk-fledged ‘Youniverse’ sounds like Toro Y Moi applying his funk aesthetic to super-glitzy pop, stumbling onto a fine chorus in the process.

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