Melbourne’s irrepressible “heat beat” collective NO ZU come charging back with a double A-side covers single. They deliver a swaggering version of Talking To A Stranger by Oz-Rock icons Hunters & Collectors, and the razor sharp disco of Sensation by Bryan Ferry.
NO ZU’s take on Talking To A Stranger is accompanied by a video recorded in February at Something Unlimited Festival. It captures the sensual charisma and heaving energy of NO ZU’s infamous live performances. About the song and video, NO ZU guru Nicolaas Oogjes says:
“It’s bizarre that we have never really decided to try to film ourselves live ever. It’s especially strange since we have always seen every show as a possibly transcendent Heat Beat experience – and more times than not it has actually become so (at least for us). It’s weird that we did it when we did – just before the world turned even more surreal. The video looks so alien now, even more zonked than usual. It’s a document of another time when we could all gather, dig into the crowd, sweat, burn, grind, gyrate, share experience and it makes me feel longing, but, even more so, excited for another ZU melt down soon.
“The song itself is a bicep-curling, muscle-funk number of deep ZU-spiration that has been lodged near the end of our sets for years. It’s been deep in our Heat Beat DNA since the primordial ooze.”
This new single is the first new music from NO ZU since the mutant punque-funque of second album Afterlife (2016) and remix EP BODY2BODY2BODY (2017). Afterlife took NO ZU to Spain’s Primavera festival and a huge concert broadcast live on French Television for Transmusicales Festival. Since then the band has played every Australian festival from Golden Plains to Expo Liaison, with lineups swelling up to 15 people onstage (not including dancers!). They even toured Australia with ESG, in a pairing so perfect it seems unreal.
As always, these new NO ZU tracks were recorded with engineer auteur Nao Anzai, and then twisted and treated by Nao and Nicolaas. NO ZU are still hard at work on Afterlife’s follow up (what comes after Afterlife?).