The latest offering on Newclear Music is a long-anticipated collection of remixes of “The Last Sunrise”, a signature tune from nsu, in collaboration with Squeezer.
Opening the curtains is the long-time favourite from nsu‘s live set, the Immortal Mix – a fusion of dubstep rhythms, uplifting strings, and live electronica vibes. Next up is a newcomer to the Newclear team, Virus from Novi Sad in Serbia, whose remix blends funky breakbeats with a sliced-up melody from the original. Nort is on deck again, and locks an infectious groove with the original theme, for a driving tech number that is set to move all dance-floors under the sky. Newclear favourites Soul Science return yet again, this time with a lush, deep liquid cut, with only traces of the original present. Taking the EP into a distant dimension is Stray Theories, who uses original elements to reconstruct an ethereal ambient experience. And finally, closing out the remix EP is Squeezer‘s latest energetic re-interpretation of the tune that has been evolving through stages since 2001.
nsu – The Last Sunrise – Remixes – NCMR008EP
1. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (The Immortal Mix) 6:01
2. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (Virus Remix) 5:16
3. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (Nort Remix) 7:56
4. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (Soul Science Remix) 5:10
5. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (Stray Theories Remix) 6:42
6. The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer (Squeezer Remix) 4:19
nsu Remixes out now on the fourth Cartoon Beats EP
The Cartoon Beats team, made up of Haszari and SoNic Smith, are back with a new, monumental double EP, “Blood Orange / RE: Memory”. nsu delivers a dark, atmospheric breakbeat-step interpretation of the former, followed up by an uplifting breakbeat take on the latter.
You can also support the EP by voting for nsu’s remix of “Blood Orange” on Dunedin Radio 1 91FM‘s Tuesday Top 11 Chart. You can vote by following these steps:
- Go to the Top 11 Page.
- On the form on the right, enter the following info:
- Artist: Haszari
- Song: Blood Orange (nsu Morning Lemon Remix)
Your help is appreciated!
New nsu Remix EP is just around the corner
The next release out on Newclear Music is a remix EP for “The Last Sunrise”, an old favourite in the live set. The EP will features new mixes from Soul Science, Nort, Stray Theories, Virus and Squeezer, all in company with nsu’s “Immortal Mix”. All tracks have been completed and are due to be mastered very soon. Watch this space for updates about this release.nsu collaborating with Irie Revolution Sound
After a relatively long period without fresh new material, nsu is finally back in the studio, and one of the first demos to be penned down, tentatively titled “Resurrection”, is a collaboration with Novi Sad’s reggae/roots/dubstep act, Irie Revolution Sound. More announcements at a later date.
Archeology Volume One available for free download
nsu’s collection of older tunes and versions which were previously unreleased or available only on promo is now available for free download. For more info, see this link, or go straight to the download page on Bandcamp.
A collection to signal the transition between eras, the first installment in the “Archeology” series closes the door on the “Escape” period and all the releases since 2009 until present by nsu, to pave way for future releases.
The concept of the “Archeology” series is to dig up versions of older tunes which did not see light of day on any official releases, and unleash them to the fans, as a free download. These tracks were previously either available exclusively to DJ’s and radio stations, or were kept under wraps.
The collection is available now in digital format, as a free download from Bandcamp.
nsu – Archeology Volume One - NCMR011DD
1. Juice of Life feat. Squeezer (Edit) 3:23
2. West Coast Dub feat. Squeezer (Edit) 4:20
3. Panic Bells feat. Siknik (Edit) 4:24
4. Upside Down feat. JR Trap (Edit) 4:28
5. Discordia (Edit) 4:26
6. Panic Bells feat. Siknik (Bromide Dub VIP Mix) 8:49
7. Neutron Star MMX (VIP Dub Mix) 6:17
8. Concordia 6:46
9. The Mystical Tree (Nikolozi Remix) 7:44
10. Upside Down (Instrumental) 5:25
11. Panic Bells (Extended Instrumental) 7:05
12. Discordia (Club Edit) 6:04
13. Upside Down feat. JR Trap (Clean Edit) 4:28
14. Neutron Star MMX (Sharkweek Remix) 4:44
15. Panic Bells feat. Siknik (Siknik Remix) 3:29
16. Upside Down feat. JR Trap (Acapella) 5:25
nsu Back Catalogue Available for Free
The first four releases by nsu on Newclear Music are now available as free downloads from nsu’s Bandcamp site. You can now grab the following releases in a number of digital formats, without paying for them:
- Juice of Life / West Coast Dub (single featuring Squeezer)
- Escape EP
- Panic Bells feat. Siknik – Remixes (single featuring remixes by AP3X and Bromide Dub)
- Upside Down feat. JR Trap – Remixes (single featuring remixes by Nikolozi and AP3X)
We have also significantly dropped the price of last year’s Rescapé remix album, in anticipation of the next release by nsu, the remix EP for “The Last Sunrise”.
In addition to that, we’re planning on releasing a bunch of VIP and promo only versions of some of the tracks from the earlier releases, in a free download digital collection soon. Watch this space.
Remixers for Roadkill’s EP Confirmed
One of the upcoming releases on Newclear Music will be the “Meatgrinder” remix EP by Roadkill. Alongside the original version, which can be heard here, the EP will include remixes by the following artists:
- The Supersonic Army
- Late Night OD
- Soul Science
We’ve just scheduled two new releases for the second half of 2012, and both will continue our current run of the multi-genre remix EP format. Here’s the tentative line-up:
- NCMR008EP: nsu – The Last Sunrise feat. Squeezer – Remixes: Old live favourite by nsu, given the treatment by Stray Theories, Soul Science, Nort, Squeezer and Newclear-newcomer Sameless Cut/Virus.
- NCMR009EP: Roadkill – Meatgrinder – Remixes: Explosive breakbeat-rave rhythms on this one – full list of remixers yet to be confirmed, but we’ll have some household names as well as some fresh faces.
Full release schedule and track-listings to be confirmed in the next update.
Stray Theories – Higher – Remixes
Our latest release arrived in late June and has been received warmly. The release is available now in digital format from online retailers, and you can read all about it in the official press release. You can also watch the promo video for the release here.
We are now looking to promote the release on Dunedin’s Radio 1 91FM, and would like to break into their weekly Top 11 chart on Tuesdays. You can help us by voting:
- Go to the Top 11 Page.
- On the form on the right, enter the following info:
- Artist: Stray Theories
- Song: Higher (nsu Remix)
Your help is appreciated!
Here’s a brief list of what else has been happening and what’s coming up:
- While late 2011 and early 2012 have been quiet, some things have been going on behind the scenes. Last year’s downbeat/chill-out concept remix album “Rescapé” achieved #10 on JunoDownload’s downbeat charts, and we also unleashed the first release by an artist other than nsu: Squeezer’s “Pure Juice” remix EP.
- nsu has recently completed his second remix for the upcoming double-A-side on Cartoon Beats Recordings (CBR004) EP, “Blood Orange/RE Memory” by Haszari & SoNic Smith. Look-out for the previews in the next few weeks.
- Earlier this year, nsu joined the Audio Colours collective – a group of musicians based in Novi Sad, Serbia, specialising in genres such as reggae, dub, drum’n'bass, dubstep and breakbeat, amongst others. There are plans for a lot of collaborations, and Virus/Sameless Cut is the first Audio Colours member to be included in a future Newclear release (see top story).
- In April, nsu played his first live gig outside of New Zealand, at the 2nd edition of the Audio Colours Experience night. The gig took place at the Petrovaradin Fortress, and you can see some highlights from nsu’s set here.
As always, thanks to everyone for their support. We’re looking forward to more good beats and gigs
Preview of the “Higher” remix EP by Stray Theories. Available from June 25th 2012 from Bandcamp, JunoDownload.com, iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Spotify.
A long time coming, Newclear Music is proud to finally bring you one of the finest ever pieces by Micah D. Wolfe (aka Stray Theories, based out of South Island, NZ) – the ultimate uplifting drum’n'bass cut, “Higher”.
Opening the release is the original rush-inducing Stray Theories version. Then, Soul Science are back again and this time take us for a spin into nu-skool jungle territory but still keeping with their signature liquid flavour. Following up is Melbourne-based Cantabrian Nort, who contributes a thumping, techy rinse-out. Rounding off the EP, nsu again leans to the experimental side and drops a soaring track referencing dub, jungle, dubstep, and live electronica – a number that heavily features in his live sets.
Stray Theories – Higher – Remixes – NCMR007EP
1. Higher 5:31
2. Higher (Soul Science Remix) 5:15
3. Higher (Nort Remix) 7:18
4. Higher (nsu Remix) 7:13
The latest release on Newclear Music is also the first official release by Auckland’s Squeezer – a 5-track multi-genre remix EP of their 2008 chill-out number “Pure Juice”, written and performed by Karl Howe and David Czepanski.
First up is Squeezer’s own TSV Mix, a pumping, uplifting rework of the original. It is followed-up by newcomer Will Marshall, and his extension of the downbeat/chill-out theme, with a hint of breaks. Next on the line up is Dunedin man Haszari, whose remix simply had to be pigeon-holed and it was decided that it was none other than “back room summer jandal acid disco”. Then, Soul Science return again for Newclear and head straight for a dancefloor assault with a slamming drum & bass cut. Finally, nsu dives into experimental territory and delivers a dark mix infused with elements of ambient, dubstep, garage and jungle.
The original version of “Pure Juice”, which is not on this release, can be heard here.
Squeezer – Pure Juice – Remixes – NCMR005EP
1. Pure Juice (TSV Mix) 3:36
2. Pure Juice (Will Marshall Remix) 5:32
3. Pure Juice (Haszari Remix) 7:49
4. Pure Juice (Soul Science Remix) 7:02
5. Pure Juice (nsu Remix) 6:05
The first release for 2011 by nsu is a downbeat/ambient remix concept album, showcasing the work of a select group of producers from all around New Zealand. The album is titled “Rescapé” (French for ”survivor”), a play on the title of the 2009 EP “Escape”, and its release signals a game-changer:
“Having released a couple of remix singles last year, primarily focusing around styles such as dubstep, breakbeat, house, electro and techno, I wanted to flip the coin and move away from the dance floor in order put the spotlight on the more laid-back genres, while staying true to the remix art form. The intention is to have something that, regardless of the environment, encourages people to listen and allow inside their headspace, rather than have an hour full of slamming rhythms and pulverising basslines.” – Ivan Vuković (IV), nsu
Collaborations are the key strength of the album, as the compilation features new versions of previously released nsu tracks put together by handpicked producers:
“I love the concept of a remix and hearing how other musicians construct their own interpretations of my work. As a result I was keen to put together a full-length album project that involved artists from around the country whose work I have admired over the years – the bonus here is, I can refer to most of these guys as my friends. I love working together with other people and I’m very proud of the outcome on this album – it plays very nicely from start to end.” – IV
The album features sublime new work from respected New Zealand artists such as Auckland’s Dub Asylum and Soul Science, 762 (one half of Sick Cycle from Christchurch), Raglan’s Felix Deluxe and Jason Lurman (from Hamilton instrumental rock band Sora Shima), as well as chill-out specialists from the South Island – Invader Tron (CHCH), Sharkweek (Dunedin) and Stray Theories (Timaru). nsu also delivers two of his own fresh new reworks, including a collaboration with Haszari of the Cartoon Beats fame.
nsu – Rescapé - NCMR006LP
1. Broken Mirror (Felix Deluxe Remix) 3:49
2. Panic Bells feat. Siknik (762 Remix) 3:32
3. Discordia (Invader Tron Remix) 5:51
4. Juice of Life feat. Squeezer (Soul Science Remix) 6:15
5. West Coast Dub feat. Squeezer (Dub Asylum Remix) 5:14
6. Slow Motion Stellar Collapse feat. Haszari 7:00
7. Far From Comfort (Sharkweek Remix) 6:55
8. The Mystical Tree (Whakapapa Dub) 4:32
9. Sixteen 786 feat. Lost in Japan (Stray Theories Remix) 5:34
10. Upside Down feat. JR Trap (Sora Shima Remix) 8:06
Rescapé – New Remix Album out April 25
nsu’s first release for 2011 comes in the form of a downbeat style remix album, featuring new versions of earlier nsu tunes by artists from around New Zealand. You can read detailed background info on the album, including the full list of artists involved, in the official press release.
The album will be available on CD as well as digital downloads – full details available on release date. You can listen to the remix album right now on nsu’s Bandcamp page:
Last year has been a relatively quiet year in terms of new work, so here’s a look at some of the stand-out moments from 2010:
Panic Bells Music Video
In late April 2010, after an amazing effort by everyone involved, we finally launched the much anticipated music video for “Panic Bells“. On the day of its release, the video achieved the accolade of the “Most Watched NZ Musician Channel” on YouTube.
You can read more about the making of the video, and watch it in HD on the following websites:
#1 Prog House Release on Juno Charts
The sole new production by nsu in 2010 was the tune “Neutron Star MMX“, which, together with Haszari’s “It’s Not Real” was released as a double-A-side EP on the Dunedin label Cartoon Beats, together with remixes from Aural Trash/Greg Churchill and Snake Charmer.
In late October, the “Deep Space” EP reached #1 on JunoDownload’s “Progressive House” release chart for one whole week, in addition to hitting the 5th spot on the overall “House” charts.
Upside Down Remix reaches #2 on Dunedin’s Radio One
For 2011, nsu has relocated to Europe and is now based in Novi Sad, Serbia over the Northern Summer. Here’s a quick look at what’s on the plate for the remainder of the year:
- nsu Remix (and Dub!) of Squeezer’s “Pure Juice” due out mid-year on newclear Music, as part of “Pure Juice – Remixes” EP.
- Currently in the works are remixes for Haszari’s “Blood Orange” and Stray Theories’ “Forget the Sunrise”
- New EP started, release planned for late 2011
- Reconstructing the live set for future gigs