Returning with their first original music since 2016, heat beat legends NO ZU are back.
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. With the release of their newest single ‘Liquid Love’ marking their first new music since 2016, they’ve announced a new EP Heat Beat, which will be released digitally on November 18, with a release of limited edition speckled yellow vinyl with a limited run of 500 copies.
What you need to know
- NO ZU have announced their new EP Heat Beat
- It’s their return from hiatus, with their first new music since 2016
- Heat Beat releases via Chapter Music on November 18
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NO ZU have stormed stages from Barcelona’s Primavera Festival to Festival NRMAL in Mexico to Meredith’s Golden Plains. 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.
The passing of powerhouse NO ZU vocalist Daphne Camf in 2021 left a huge hole in Melbourne music, and the band fell into a long silence. Heat Beat is made up of Daphne’s final recordings with the group. The EP, named after the band’s own trademarked genre, is classic NO ZU. Dark and playful, layered with cryptic allusions and implausibly danceable, Heat Beat shows NO ZU at their restless, exploratory best.
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“The Liquid Love video was a wild and very sticky one to make,” says NO ZU’s magnetic and tireless leader Nicolaas Oogjes. “In many ways it achieves my original fantasies for NO ZU – of a parallel Heat Beat world, spinning alongside and rubbing up against the ‘real’ one, picking up its light, shadows and her/histories and digesting them.”
“It’s a world of antipodean mutant punk-funk, of underground clubs and of a propulsive hedonism that keeps the body moving in dangerous ways. It’s fitting that Liquid Love’s mutant protagonist melts down and returns back (literally) to the primordial soup where Heat Beat first emerged from.”
“Full circle. It’s been wild. It’s been gooey.”
Heat Beat by NO ZU is out November 18 on Chapter Music. Pre-order their latest album by heading here.