New Nero project The Night release anticipated debut track

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After posting a series of cryptic messages on Nero‘s social media accounts, members Alana Watson and Dan Stephens announced they were working on a side project from their hit trio. The two announced they would be producing under alias The Night, and today fans get a first listen at what is to come for Watson and Stephens’ new alias in “Different Story.”

They have released their debut single as The Night on Monstercat, and the track boasts a vibrant sense of groovy funk and pop. They have also announced that fans can expect an EP to follow under the same name as the single, Different Story. If the EP is anything like its title track, this will certainly be a different direction for the producers, but a direction that showcases their wide-ranging production abilities and creativity.

Nero’s Alana and Dan confirm new alias, upcoming EP

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Many know Nero as the darkly dressed drum & bass devotees, who, for more than a decade, have enraptured the electronic scene with their high-powered, ’80s-channeling anthems, like “Two Minds” and “The Thrill.” But now, under the moniker The Night, the trio’s two married members, Alana Watson and Dan Stephens have set out to “tell a different story,” as they indicated in a recent, mysterious tweet.

However, the pair have now confirmed they have a full-length EP, Different Story, set for release in either spring or summer of 2018, via Monstercat‘s Instinct imprint. The new project will create a space for the traditionally shadowy characters to explore smoother dance and synth-pop sounds that would be ill-suited under the nefarious Nero name.

Stephens recently told Billboard that the side project — two years in the making— salvaged his creative energy. Over time, he grew weary of the notoriously dark color palettes ensconcing Nero’s larger-than-life productions. Although now, Stephens says he “feels fresh” divulging back into Nero.

The first of a long list of releases to come, “Different Story,” which Stephens has used to close out a number of Nero DJ sets as of late, can be pre-saved here.

H/T: Billboard

Nero members Alana and Dan announce a ‘different story’

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In a post scattered across Nero social media channels, the UK band have made a cryptic announcement.

“For the past decade you’ve stood by our side as Nero. It’s now time to tell a different story.” The post is signed by two of the trio’s members, Dan Stephens and Alana Watson, along with the words “The Night.”

The post appears to point to a new project by the two Nero members, possibly called The Night.

Summer 2017 was big for all three members of the group. Last June, the third member of the trio, Joseph Ray, released a single with Meli under his solo project called “Inside.” Around the same time, Stephens and Watson, who are married, announced that Watson was pregnant last summer and would be taking time off of performing for the remainder of the year.

For now, fans of the supergroup wait with baited breath to see what’s in store for this new endeavor.


Joseph Ray of NERO responds to Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks

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United States President Donald Trump is enmeshed in yet another firestorm after allegedly referring to a number of countries as “shitholes” while discussing a bipartisan immigration deal in the Oval Office. Trump singled out El Salvador, portions of Africa, and, particularly, Haiti — for which the president allegedly remarked, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

Over the weekend, the backlash from politicians, media professionals, and celebrities have been overwhelmingly harsh. The latest musician to join the conversation is Joseph Ray of NERO, who shared a number of personal experiences from the six months he spent living in Haiti. The Grammy award-winning producer and Oxford University graduate discussed the country’s rich culture and it’s connection to music:

“Spending time in Haiti and digging into the music has truly opened my mind. The poverty in Haiti is obviously widespread and profound, and probably what most people think of when they hear the country’s name, but by only focusing only on that, you end up leaving out most of the picture. I’ve traveled the world with Nero, but the place I’ve gone back to most is Haiti. Beautiful, alive, complicated, mystical,’s all of that. One thing it isn’t, is a “shithole.”

This month, Ray returns to Haiti to continue working on a musical collaboration with a Haitian band called Lakou Mizik. He plans to reveal the project sometime this year.

H/T: Mixmag

Featured photo: Billboard

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Gammer – Stay Tonight ft Dylan Matthew (Ray Volpe Remix)

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Ray Volpe is one of dubstep’s most prolific up-and-coming producers. With remixes of GTA and Delta Heavy under his belt, as well as releases on OWSLA and Mad Decent, the North Carolina producer is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

On his newest remix of Gammer and Dylan Matthew‘s “Stay Tonight,” Ray Volpe embraces Gammer’s melodic buildup with open arms. “And it’s okay if what you want is a breakup” sings Matthew, as the track’s piano samples evoke a sense of melancholy. As the track culminates, Volpe’s signature wobbles and thrashing dub synths usurp the focus of the listener.

The stark contrast between melodic buildup and heavy-duty breakdown is reminiscent of early dubstep legends like Skrillex‘s seminal remix of “Cinema” or Nero‘s iconic rework of “Feel So Close.” The track serves as another stepping stone for one of dubstep’s most incendiary up-and-coming acts.

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Nero vs Skrillex – Promises (Prismodified)

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Prismo has unveiled a rework of Skrillex & Nero’s collaborative “Promises.”

The original track was released on August 7, 2011 — the same summer that dubstep utterly invaded North America. Since then, “Promises” has been a staple in both Skrillex and Nero’s sets and has been played at countless festivals across the globe.

Nearly seven years later, Prismo adds his own twang to the track. The twenty year old, Texas-based producer injects his characteristic teeth grinding verve into the song, overlaying a frantic siren over whomping bass lines. The track serves as a glimpse into dubstep’s past, while also reinventing its structure with a contemporary stamp.

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Zeds Dead deliver masterful Deadbeats 017: ‘Old School Dubstep Throwback Episode’

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Zeds Dead have churned out another installment of their label mix series, Deadbeats Radio, which gives fans the chance to hear the latest tracks from the boys and their entourage. However, DEADBEATS RADIO #017 is not just any episode, as the duo behind Zeds Dead have cooked up a very special “Old School Dubstep Throwback” show to take listeners on a sonic journey to a time when the duo first launched their collaborative project.

Hear tracks from The WIddler, Skream, Rusko, Chase & Status, Caspa, and Nero, along with many more legendary producers. Zeds Dead had the following to say in the mix that doubles as an old school dubstep lesson,

We’re taking it back. All the way back to when we first got into the [dubstep] genre, when we were first going to clubs and hearing this kind of music, and scouring the internet for anything we could find, these are the sorts of sounds that we were hearing that were inspiring us to start getting involved…It was also about the time that people were just figuring out where the boundaries lay for the genre.


Skream – Rutten
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N-Type – Way of the Dub (Caspa Remix)
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Stagga feat. Skamma – Sick As Sin
Subscape – Apple Candy
Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Marcus Visionary Remix)
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Joker & Ginz – ReUp
The Others – Africa VIP
Synkro – Dub Specialist
The Black Ghosts – Some Way Through This (Plastician & Skream Remix)
Breakage – Hard (feat. David Rodigan & Newham Generals) 26.37
The Widdler – Lady Dub
The Streets – Blinded By The Lights (Nero Remix)
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Martyn – Vancouver
Mutt – Sherm
Chase & Status – Saxon
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Damian Marley – It Was Written (Chansing Shadows Remix)
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EmalKay – When I Look at You
Joker, Jakes – 3K Lane
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Zeds Dead – Dark Side Dub

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Nero reveals details of their collaboration with ZHU in recent interview

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Nero is easily one of the biggest names in electronic music,. The British trio made their highly-anticipated return to London’s legendary nightclub Fabric just a few days ago, much to the delight of their religious fans.

Before their return to Fabric, Dan, one of the trio, on caught up with the Fabric crew and opened up on the group’s high profile collaboration with ZHU — which didn’t go as smoothly as the finished product might deceive listeners into believing.

“He was really into it (the unfinished track) and wanted the stems. I was still a little unsure about collaborating, especially on that particular track, as it was already fairly complete and the plan was to write something together from scratch. But I gave him the stems, and he ended up putting some parts on it that we weren’t that into. We were actually going to pull the whole thing when he released a clip of it to the public without talking to us. We found out about it through Twitter. In the end we took off most of his parts and finished the track ourselves.”

He further went on to talk about the group members’ various side projects, which has been taking up most of their time. “We each had some ideas for side projects. Alana and I have been working together on a project called The Night. It’s hard to define genre-wise but it’s definitely a very different vibe from Nero, and it’s dropping next month. oe has released his first solo track under his own name: Joseph Ray. It’s called Inside. He’s also working on a project with the Haitian band Lakou Mizik. I’ve only heard bits but it’s sounding exciting.”

While the group’s side projects seem to be the priority at the moment, Dan assured listeners that new Nero music was in the works as well. “We’re also working on Nero stuff. It’s actually really nice to be writing all the time but having different things to focus on. It feels like the new Nero stuff is really strong as a result.”

Via: Fabric

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Nero share ‘Innocence’ reissue and ‘Blade Runner’ tribute in honor of 2808

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In 2011, Nero set their debut album, Welcome Reality, in the dystopian future of the year 2808. Since then, the date itself has seemed to be as significant a motif to the group as the Orwellian inspirations which have long pervaded their aesthetic. Today, as the British calendar reads 28/08, Nero have honored the number with two surprise releases.

Keeping in line with the dystopian aurae which 2808 evokes, the pair of productions starts with a harrowing rework of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s theme music for the forthcoming film, Blade Runner 2049. In their demo, Joe and Dan channel the style of their recent collaboration with ZHU, laying ominous melodic elements from the score atop an industrial, mid-tempo backbone.

2808 then sees the outfit “reopen” one of their benchmark hits, “Innocence.” In the reissue, Nero transfer the original vocals from their dubstep classic into a wistfully dark house framework, which recalls the essence of songs such as “Satisfy” and Joseph Ray’s recent Meli collaboration, “Inside.”

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Zhu just stopped the show with brand new ‘stardustexhalemarrakechdreams’ EP

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In quintessential Zhu fashion, the enigmatic beat maker has kept us guessing all year long. Following topical remixes of Migo’s chart-topping “Bad and Boujee,” and GorillazAndromeda,” this year has seen the launch of Zhu’s new NYC Blacklizt warehouse party, as well as stirring new original products, “Intoxicate” and “Nightcrawler.” Apparently all of that has been precursory to the new EP Zhu has had in the works, and now he’s revealed his first full body of work since 2016’s Generationwhy. Rounding off at four new tracks, including a hotly anticipated collaboration with Nero, stardustexhalemarrakechdreams manifests itself as a logical artistic progression from last summer’s LP, though it manages to pack a much heavier punch.

Literally wearing its name on its sleeve, the EP’s first track, “Stardust” is a mild introduction to the release, playing upon Zhu’s signature midnight-primed house, polished with minimal, cooling vocals accents. “Exhale” opens with dramatic strings ahead of a knocking drum beat before breaking into a bombastic arrangement of stomping trap horns and hi hat rolls. The James Bondesque “Chasing Marrakech” offers an alluring hip-hop beat, replete with fleeting versework while the EP’s final offering, the Nero-assisted “Dreams” is a hauntingly dark piece of industrial bass music with tech overtones that would give Gesaffelstein goosebumps.

Not entirely a departure in style per se, Zhu’s showcases masterful extensions of his already distinguished production method on his latest EP, stardustexhalemarrakechdreams, out now via Mind of a Genius.

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