Today, New Order release ‘Be a Rebel [Remixes Part One]’, three new remixes of their latest track, the band’s first new music in 5 years. These new versions – from New Order’s Bernard Sumner, as well as international renowned DJs Paul Woolford and Maceo Plex – recommit the band’s dance floor legacy.
Cuban-American DJ and producer Maceo Plex, made his name making techno records before moving into a variety of dance floor moving, club music. And over the past year, he has remixed Faithless and Perry Farrell.
Leeds’ Paul Woolford is a prolific artist known for his wide variety of styles. Last year, he released four albums under his alter-ego Special Request and collaborated with Diplo for a single ‘Looking For Me’. He has previously remixed Disclosure, Depeche Mode and Tom Walker. He explains, “As someone from the North of England, shaped and schooled by the legacy of Factory records and acid house, New Order cast an indelible shadow,” says Paul, “Their influence over youth culture is immeasurable for obvious reasons. Accordingly, I feel like I’ve been in training to work with them most of my life.”
Bernard Sumner has revisited his earlier ‘Be A Rebel’ remixes and combined the best into his Outlaw mix.
Last month, New Order released a suitably stunning video for the single. Spanish director NYSU depicts a couple in turmoil, using typically lavish and ultra-stylish visuals.
Watch the video here:
New Order also released the [Renegade Spezial Edit] of ‘Be a Rebel’ in September, the result of Bernard Sumner’s collaboration on a capsule range for adidas Spezial. This mix is an extended edit of the Adidas _nwrdrSPZL promotional video soundtrack, whose accompanying film features dancer Rentaro Nakaaki of the English National Ballet.
‘Be a Rebel’, with its message to celebrate ourselves and appreciate what we have, even in hard times, was originally planned as a release ahead of New Order’s tour this autumn, but with live shows on hold and their dates re-scheduled to 2021, the band felt it important to share new music with fans. “In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song. We can’t play live for a while, but music is still something we can all share together. We hope you enjoy it… until we meet again.” – Bernard Sumner
The band just announced a huge homecoming show in Manchester’s Heaton Park, supported by Hot Chip and Working Men’s Club for 10 September 10 2021 and recently released the definitive collection of their 1983 studio album Power, Corruption & Lies via Warner Music.
10 Sep – Heaton Park, Manchester
THE UNITY TOUR NORTH AMERICA 2021
*co-headline with Pet Shop Boys
18 Sep – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*
20 Sep – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
22 Sep – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden*
25 Sep – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann*
28 Sep – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion*
1 Oct – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion*
3 Oct – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory*
7 Oct – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
9 Oct – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre*
13 Oct – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center*
15 Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
16 Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
SPECIAL ONE-OFF LONDON HEADLINE SHOW
6 Nov – London, UK – The O2
New Order are: Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham
‘Be a Rebel’ artwork by Warren Jackson, original single artwork featuring photograph by Søren Solkær.
Be a Rebel Remix Tracklisting
Be a Rebel – Paul Woolford Remix Edit