Under The Radar: New Music Of The Week

Read NME writers on the best new music they’ve heard in the past week

Bully – Too Tough (video)
‘Too Tough’ as a song, of course, has been out for ages now – a sticky, bubblegum strut of importance from Bully’s fine debut album Feels Like. The video feels even older, like something straight out of MTV’s vaults in 1991 – you half expect to see Tad Doyle wander into view at times, especially when singer Alicia takes her guitar for a walk around a scrapyard. (Matt Wilkinson)


Public Access TV – Patti Peru

After teasing us Brits with a handful of frenetic live performances over the summer, New York fourpiece Public Access TV’s first track off their forthcoming debut sets the bar thrillingly high. ‘Patti Peru’ is the best new wave song in aeons, lovingly referencing the genre in a similar way that Ex Hex did for classic glam rock on last year’s Rips album. (Lisa Wright)

Liss – Always

Is the world ready for a band who conjure up thoughts of ‘Frank Ocean meets Style Council’? Fuck yeeeeah… ‘Always’ is Danish fourpiece Liss’ second track, following on from the mesmerising ‘Try’ a few weeks ago. I saw the band live in Copenhagen last week and was blown away by the sheer power of singer Soren’s voice. On this track, you can hear how inventive the rest of the band are too – it’s got an amazingly relaxed vibe to it, similar to Jai Paul’s ‘Jasmine’. (Matt Wilkinson)


Ubre Blanca – The Sadist
‘The Sadist’, the latest release from Glaswegian horror-disco duo Ubre Blanca, completes a loose trilogy of genre-inspired EPs, following the exploratory sci-fi vibes of 2013’s ‘Polygon Mountain’ and the 80s action-movie excess of last year’s ‘Terminal Island’. This one takes its cues from the Giallo slasher movies of the 1960s – think black masses and buckets of fake blood – and arrives with a stunning new video for its eleven-minute title-track. (Barry Nicolson)


Yak – No

No’ is London trio Yak’s best moment yet. Produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackay and released on Third Man, frontman Oli does his best Tom Verlaine vocal impression while guitars buzz and whirr in a way not heard since Nick Zinner and his axe were let loose in the hardware store. Angsty. (Alan Woodhouse)

Nico Yaryan – Just Tell Me

You could closely align former Hanni El Khatib drummer Nico’s music with fellow breakout sticksman Shaun Fleming of Foxygen, who makes beautifully soulful indie as Diane Coffee. There’s also a bit of Curtis Harding about him on this debut track, and even Ryan Adams at his more snarky moments – I’m thinking ‘Nuclear’. (Matt Wilkinson)

Nick Brewer featuring Bibi Bourelly – Talk To Me

Recent Island signee and London MC Nick Brewer released the throbbing banger ‘Talk To Me’ last week (25). Featuring the incendiary vocals of ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ co-writer Bibi Bourelly, it’s hinged around a sample of the legendary synth hook for Crystal Waters’ 90s house classic ‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)’. Bibi provides the club-baiting refrain, with her vocals set to full Rihanna mode as she rejects Brewer’s gentlemanly advances in favour of racier chat. Nick’s been involved in east London’s grime scene since his early teens through his connection to Lethal Bizzle’s More Fire Crew in Leytonstone – he even went on hiatus at sixteen. Now twenty-five and living in Essex, his flow is still noticeably grime influenced, but his sound is expanding into something far more wide-reaching. (Tim Hakki)

Robert The Bruce – Wake
Performing live underneath the blackened camouflage of a balaclava and pinning himself against a pseudonym, Glaswegian enigma Robert The Bruce thrives in the dark crevasses of anonymity. The newly-released video for his EP title track ‘Wake’ chaotically merges and replays a scene from Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘The Mirror’. It’s something that’s perfectly parallel to the haunting, looming lyrics that course through all his songs (“The EP is basically a bunch of love songs that show the different stages of a break up,” he tells NME over email). With plans for a follow-up EP and more live dates looming, check out this bedroom brainwave whilst you still can. (Joanie Eaton)

The Big Moon – Nothing Without You
First off, ‘Nothing Without You’ is every bit as strong as its AA-side counterpart ‘The Road’. It’s certainly more poppy, sounding not a million miles away from Elastica or The Libertines when they were at their most playful. (Leonie Cooper)

Billie Marten – Bird
Yorkshire teen Billie can thank Burberry for her initial break into the mainstream – like Jake Bugg and Rae Morris before her, the clothes company filmed her performing a track in an ethereal-looking video somewhere that looked like the set of Downton Abbey. 300k views later and she’s hot property, not least thanks to ‘Bird’, which sounds as lilting as Laura Marling at her most tender. (Tom Warden)



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