New Order today release “Be a Rebel [Arthur Baker Remix],” the latest in the series of versions of their acclaimed single.
Also announced is the “Be a Rebel” remix double 12” vinyl and CD which bring together all 11 remixes of the track. The remixes will be available August 27. Pre-order here.
For this new remix, an important figure in the band’s story steps up. Arthur Baker is one of the most important producers and remixers in music – coming to prominence by pioneering hip-hop and electro on Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force’s Planet Rock. When he first worked with New Order in 1983, it was the band’s first work with a collaborator. The sessions in New York spawned New Order classics “Thieves Like Us” and “Confusion,” setting a precedent for the band and others to release now-ubiquitous dance remixes of their singles.
For his “Be a Rebel” remix, Baker houses it up, toughening the beats and adding sweet backing vocals from Tina B of Rockers Revenge and additional New Order signature bass guitar breaks from Tom Chapman. Arthur’s production adds pop to the song and energy to the dancefloor.
Also added to the 12” and CD releases are unreleased remixes by two new artists: Berlin based modular synthist JakoJako and – from Maceo Plex’s label, Ellum – recording artist Melawati.
In December, the band put out Be A Rebel [Remixes Part One], a collection of three reworkings of the song from international renowned DJs Paul Woolford and Maceo Plex – recommitting to the band’s dance floor legacy – as well as New Order’s Bernard Sumner’s Outlaw Mix.
Mark Reeder’s Dirty Devil Remix was released in February, joining Stephen Morris’ T34 Mix and Bernard Sumner’s [Renegade Spezial Edit]. All other remixes and original mixes are compiled on the CD single.
“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
On May 7, New Order will release Education Entertainment Recreation (Live at Alexandra Palace) on album and film. Recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace, this was the band’s only UK show of 2018 and is the first live show released on Blu-Ray from the band’s now established lineup of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman.
Be a Rebel 12” tracklist
A1. Be a Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
A2. Be a Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
B1. Be a Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
B2. Be a Rebel (Melawati Remix)
C1. Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Outlaw Mix)
C2. Be a Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)
D1. Be a Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
D2. Be a Rebel (Mark Reeder’s Dirty Devil Remix)
Be a Rebel CD / Digital tracklist
1. Be a Rebel
2. Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Mix)
3. Be a Rebel (Stephen’s T34 Mix)
4. Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Instrumental Mix)
5. Be a Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
6. Be a Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
7. Be a Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
8. Be a Rebel (Melawati Remix)
9. Be a Rebel (Bernard’s Outlaw Mix)
10. Be a Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
11. Be a Rebel (Mark Reeder’s Dirty Devil Remix)