NO ZU "Heat Beat" Yellow Speckled 12" EP (2022)
Details: NO ZU "Heat Beat" Yellow Speckled Vinyl 12" EP (2022, Chapter Music).
Description: “Like a post-punk band discovering the joys of dub, disco, and Afrobeat” – Pitchfork
“Melbourne’s freakiest multi-limbed ensemble are masters of percussive lunacy and wild x-rated boogie” – The Vinyl Factory
"Melbourne "heat beat" icons NO ZU regroup after the passing of vocalist Daphne Camf, to release their first new original music since 2016. NO ZU have stormed stages from Barcelona's Primavera Festival to Meredith's Golden Plains. Led by the magnetic, tireless Nicolaas Oogjes, NO ZU's multi-limbed, mutant punk-funk has evolved over the last decade to make them one of Australia's most distinctive and debauched groups.
Daphne’s passing in 2021 left a huge hole in Melbourne music, and the band fell into a long silence. Now they return with an EP featuring her final recordings with the group.
Heat Beat, named after the band’s own trademarked genre, is classic NO ZU. Dark and playful, layered with cryptic allusions and implausibly danceable, the EP shows NO ZU at their restless, exploratory best.
2016 second album "Afterlife," took NO ZU to Europe for Primavera and a huge concert in Rennes, France, broadcast live on French Television. 2017 remix EP "BODY2BODY2BODY," saw Afterlife tracks reworked by the band's 80s idols A Certain Ratio and Jonny Sender of Konk. In 2020 they released a double A-side single covering Hunters & Collectors’ "Talking To A Stranger," and Bryan Ferry’s "Sensation," and played their last live show in February 2020.
Nic Oogjes subsequently unveiled his gangster-conman alter ego Cong Josie and released debut solo album Cong! via It Records. Now NO ZU return to perform at Chapter’s 30th birthday show in November and release a joyful, celebratory EP of their final recordings with beloved vocalist Daphne Camf.
Grade: M (new stock)
TRACK LISTING SIDE A:
A1. Liquid Love
A2. Mind Melt
TRACK LISTING SIDE B:
B1. Cosmetic Beat
B2. Heat Beat Head
B3. Phone Call Meltdown