This Week In New Music (18th May 2013)
Neu editor Jamie Milton details the past seven day's new music happenings.
Photo: Emma Swann / DIY
While the world collectively lost its shit to 'Random Access Memories', this week also showcased a few newcomers upping their game. MØ and Drop Out Venus have been in the collective consciousness for a while. On this occasion, one refined their calling card and emerged with their most refined track to date. The other flipped the formula entirely and returned a better band because of it.
By Jamie Milton
Posted 18th May 2013, 12:17pm
Here's our new music round-up of the best moments from the past seven days. If a Giorgio Morodor monologue isn't your cup of tea, hold faith and listen to the following:
TRACK OF THE WEEK
MØ - Waste of Time
MØ's declared on several occasions that her music's about the youth. Each click-track and hip-hop percussion burst represents the beating heart of a young ruffian. Every lust-filled lyric gives off attitude and fear in equal measure, the experience of growing up epitomised. It's by no means a rigid overarching theme that Karen Marie Ørsted has to stick to, but it seems to contribute towards every one of her tracks being a wild, semi-hedonistic call to arms. 'Waste of Time' might just be her best song to date, all hell breaking loose around the 0.58 mark, like a stroppy kid throwing a glorious, destructive tantrum.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Drop Out Venus - Death is Screaming
This time last year Neu was watching Drop Out Venus play a momentous set in a grimy local pub at the end of Brighton Pier. Looking back now, Iva Moskovich and co. have changed dramatically in 12 months. They've got from spirited, intense and ultimately terrifying to a band totally unafraid of portraying the intricacies of their emotional rut. 'Death Is Screaming' itself is a stunningly documented portrayal of bipolar disorder, where a seemingly content pulse descends into all out carnage on more than one occasion. The accompanying video - which we premiered on Monday - doesn't hold back either. Iva and a flock of characters parade the Deptford streets, not giving a flying fuck if they bump into passers by. A little like the Verve 'Bittersweet Symphony' video only a little less morose, and minus Richard Ashcroft.
DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK
'Hand On Heart' sets in motion a career that could last for years. Moko isn't your average dread-addled talent who'll gatecrash a hairdresser to sing one of her songs. Soulful vocals don't so much slip as grapple dusky production, possessing every inch of life and energy and painting the piece in light. Yeah, anything you might've heard about Moko is true. She's more than a touch promising. And she's only 21.
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