New Order today release “Be a Rebel [Arthur Baker Remix],” the latest in the series of versions of their 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.