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ARTIST
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Afterlife
FORMAT
LP

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CH 130LP CH 130LP
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RELEASE DATE
2/19/2016

Unstoppable Heat Beat pioneers No Zu present their second album, Afterlife. The aptly titled sequel to 2012's Life, the album sees the eight-piece group venture into deeper, darker, more urgent territory. Chanted female vocals, pitched-down male vocals, and wild sax and horns coalesce into something uniquely antipodean, a bluestone back-alley hallucination bringing together no wave, funk, house, techno, and global percussion, which No Zu call Heat Beat. According to band leader Nicolaas Oogjes, Afterlife explores themes of human beauty, body movement, BDSM, belief systems, mortality, immortality, and the fetishisation of Australian colonial invasion and destruction of land/cultures -- all in dynamic dancefloor metaphors. No Zu have existed in various forms since 2007, but have really shifted into high gear in the 2010s. They contributed standout track "Raw Vis Vision" to Cut Copy's definitive 2014 Melbourne dance compilation Oceans Apart, and instigated an ongoing collaboration with NYC punk-funk icon Sal P (Liquid Liquid). In 2015 they played festivals like Sugar Mountain, At First Sight, and Camp Doogs and released the Greek-themed Medusa Music 12" on Home Loan Records.