Nero’s Joseph Ray puts techno twist on Yotto’s ‘Nova’ [Stream]

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While the electro-rock trio NERO remain mostly dormant (as they have since 2015) the individual members are enjoying the opportunity to expand their catalogs into unexplored territory.

Two of the members, Dan Stevens and Alana Watson, have remained in close proximity, churning out a pair of space-funk records under their new project, The Night.

The third member, Joseph Ray, is off on a dancefloor adventure taking the dastardly overtones he mastered as part of NERO and applying them to four-on-the-floor beats.

In the past year, Ray put out a solo EP on Anjunadeep entitled Room1.5/Chem-X, and most recently made his mark on Yotto‘s progressive, minimal experiment, Nova. Conjoined by the same sweeping, melodic breakdowns, Ray’s version of the track takes provides a backdrop of darkness rather than light as the original does.

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]

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Romania’s NEVERSEA makes earnest third effort [Review/Watch]Neversea

The third iteration of Romania’s coastal, fun-in-the sun (and long thereafter) festival, NEVERSEA, proved a particularly impressive production this past year—considerably so for a young festival still trying to find its footing in a swarming European event market. 

With tens of thousands of attendees, primarily from Bucharest and surrounding Eastern European meccas pouring in to the relatively quiet, though densely populated beach town of Constanţa July 4-7 for NEVERSEA’s multi-national electronic, hip-hop, and pop roster, success was a tall order, made taller with one of the aural agenda’s top-sellers, DJ Snake, rescinding his lineup spot in a last-minute heartbreaker of an announcement. 

But NEVERSEA rose to the occasion, largely due to its audacious artist acumen, which spanned UK-bred Sub Focus’ whiplash-inducing drum breaks, to the mellow electronic/live instrumentation synergy of Bob Moses. Saturday, the four-day affair’s busiest night, drew over 60,000 festival-goers, NEVERSEA reports; and while by 7 pm there was little room to move about freely (particularly near the main stage), let alone secure an opportune spot, most of the all-ages attendees hardly seemed to mind. The remaining three days saw much of the same congestion near the main stage, though mostly confined to the riper hours of the evening during the most prominent performances, like that of Alesso and G-Eazy.

[Neversea 2019 Dancing Astronaut X Born Ready Recap from Born Ready Films on Vimeo.]

The Temple

The varied and immaculately decorated subsidiary stages offered ample refuge from the often-overflowing headlining performances. The kaleidoscopic Temple Stage, for example, with the elevated Constanţa strip as its beckoning, spotlit backdrop, hosted a lustrous litany of club-centric house and tech-leaning talent, including early-morning majesty from the likes of Jamie Jones, Boris Brejcha, and Dubfire. Faithful observers in the art of four by four, with penchants for surreptitious low-lit after-hour locales were sure to be found worshiping at the Temple.

The Ark

The Ark Stage offered dance digs of the most brash and unbridled variety. A walk past the vessel-themed stage could proffer either serrated drum ‘n’ bass displays from Andy C or Sub Focus and their razor-lipped MCs, or perhaps up-to-the-moment four on the floor from NERO‘s Dan Stephens. By all accounts, a rendezvous under The Ark is not for frightful ears.

‘Til the break of dawn

A stroll through the sandy grounds at daybreak proves NEVERSEA can hold an audience. Even at 5 am, as the orange glow of sunrise kissed the Black Sea coastline, and the delicious and delirious madness of Boris Brejcha’s “high-tech minimal,” an amalgamation of progressive, techno, and trance, began winding down, it was clear attendees were in it for the long hall—as hundreds remained camped around The Temple stage, wide-eyed and enthralled. The intensity of the Eastern European people is no myth, personified in hordes of young people dancing at 8 am with 8 pm vigor. They gathered restlessly, striking coquettish poses with the flowered festival foliage long after dawn stretched into day.

In just a few short years, NEVERSEA has solidified its spot as a must-attend on the Romanian festival front, really only contending with its Transylvanian sister soiree, UNTOLD. The robust beachside gathering is an impressive mid-sized mounting on the Eastern European festival mantle.

Video Work: Grant Stakenas via Born Ready Films

Founding NERO member Joseph Ray releases debut EP on Anjunadeep [Stream]

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Founding NERO member Joseph Ray releases debut EP on Anjunadeep [Stream]Joseph Ray Anjuna Ep

Acclaimed UK producer Joseph Ray is welcomed by prolific label Anjunadeep for his debut EP, Room 1.5/Chem-EX. Ray, founder of the legendary electronic group NERO, boasts Grammy wins and impressive collaborations on his extensive rap sheet, and this release exemplifies his impressive and unique brand of artistry.

Room 1.5/Chem-EX delivers two techno-leaning melodic house tracks that serve as the other’s yin yang. The EP is equal parts unabashed emersion and emotive composition, one track is deeply hypnotic while the other induces a sense of calm weightlessness.

“Room 1.5” opens the EP with a deep and mysterious club detonator, inspired by Ray’s days of listening to jungle cuts in London clubs. The second track, “Chem-EX,” is entrancing, luscious, and beautiful, which the artist calls, “a sci-fi journey through a long-descending bass pattern and multiple layered arp.”

Joseph Ray’s impressive Anjunadeep debut release is out now.

Lunar Lunes: A-Trak wows on ‘Work It Out,’ RAC reveals mix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’ + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

A-Trak kicks off the week with a wow-worthy new original, “Work It Out,” and iLan Bluestone and Maor Levi tap EL Waves for “The Distance.” Diplo dons his cowboy hat for an upbeat remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road,” and RAC takes on one of his favorite new artists, Oliver Tree, in an alternative-inspired mix of “Hurt.” Afrojack and Jewelz & Sparks bring along Emmalyn for “Switch,” and Flosstradamus puts an intense spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg‘s “REDLIGHT.” Moon Boots delivers his first offerings of 2019 in the form of the Keramas / Harpanet EP, and Klingande and Joe Killington prove put the spotlight on a bright harmonica theme in “Ready for Love.” Goldroom continues to deliver a slew of originals in 2019, this time teaming up with Love, Alexa for “Do You Feel It Now?,” and Nero travel back to the ’80s in “The Ballad of Synths.” Party Favor links with everyone’s favorite dancer, Salvatore Ganacci, on the flaming-hot “Wasabi,” and 1788-L flexes his talents on his new EP, S Y N T H E T I K. Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump form a talented trio on “Summer Days,” and Koven tug at the heartstrings on “Love Wins Again.” Lucas & Steve reveal the Ultra Live Anthem of 2019, “Inception,” and Hotel Garuda keeps the groove going on “Head In The Trees.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

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Shambhala Music Festival reveals its 2019 lineup, featuring Silk City, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.

Heavy-hitting dubstep acts like Excision, Zeds Dead, Downlink, Liquid Stranger, and Boogie-T will bring their forceful bass to the ranch for the fest’s forthcoming iteration. The lineup also includes bass house favorites such as Jauz, Cazztek, Jack Beats and Volac, along with sultry electronica and nu jazz sets from Bonobo and Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The roster is blessed by legendary veterans from around the world, including Kaskade, Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s Silk City project, Nero, and Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo as Anti Up, who are undoubtedly putting together an unforgettable performance.

Attendees can expect an all new installation called “Shambhala Favourites,” which feature the talents of A-Skillz, Father Funk, Smalltown DJs, Stickybuds, and more. Over the course of April, Shambhala will be adding 200-plus artists to the lineup that will fulfill all six stages, The Amphitheatre, The Fractal Forest, The Grove, The Living Room, The Pagoda and The Village.

Learn about payment plans and get tickets here.

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EDC Las Vegas unveils full lineup featuring deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tchami x Malaa + more

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The wait is finally over. The EDC Las Vegas 2019 lineup is here.

After an initial reveal on March 26’s Night Owl Radio episode with EDC founder Pasquale Rotella, the festival has unleashed its full offerings, spread out over the weekend of May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three days are rife with talent as usual, kicking off with a Bill Nye-hosted opening ceremony. The initial evening will thrill with performances by deadmau5, Alesso, Above & Beyond, and an “old skool dubstep set” from Skream and Rusko. Saturday will see acts like Claude VonStroke, Kayzo, REZZ, Nero, and Charlotte De Witte take the stage. On EDC’s final day, festival-goers will be treated to sets from Armin van Buuren, Dillon Francis, Illenium, What So Not, and countless others.

Tickets are available here.

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NERO emerge from hiatus to sing listeners a foreboding ‘Lullaby’ by way of new ‘Ninjawerks’ album

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World class gamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, continues to flaunt the breadth of his influence on the electronic music community by summoning none other than NERO from the depths of their hiatus cavern.

Partnering with Astralwerks, Ninja has resolved to further fuse the attachments story-like, cinematic electronic music shares with gaming, arriving in the form of a compilation album, Ninjawerks Volume 1. Following tracks from Tycho, 3LAU, and Alesso, NERO has now signed on with “Lullaby.” The unforeseen offering comes after the trio divulged into their ardent need for a break from the weighty, blackened tone of NERO productions, with two-thirds of the group (Alana Watson and Dan Stephens) precipitously releasing music under a new, lighter moniker, the ironically named, The Night.

“Lullaby” showcases Watson’s raw, salient vocals over the trio’s characteristic abundance of wobble bass and larger-than-life experimental production. The song would fit as an exemplary intro or segue to a low-lit, foreboding video game landscape–as was the likely intention.

Nero plots impending comeback, teases return with cryptic new video

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UK veteran dance legends Nero seem to be preparing a comeback, and it’s coming sooner than anyone expected. The group splintered at the onset of 2018 with the launch of Dan Stephens’ and Alana Watson’s The Night duo, and while the couple’s side project has steadily dropped off new work this year, Joseph Ray has largely kept Nero quiet. Now, with the release of a cryptic video on social media, it seems the trio is back in action — teasing something on the way set for December 4.

The video is vague, but looking back at Nero’s history of releases, a four year gap separated the group’s debut album from their sophomore full length, Between II Worldsone of Dancing Astronaut’s top albums of the year in 2015. That means 2019 could bring a new album from Nero, and the roll out could begin as this year winds to a close. Whatever the group has underway, it’s bound to be big. Stay tuned.

DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]

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DA Presents: ’30 Days of Fright’ featuring REZZ, Gesaffelstein, Noisia, Drezo, and more [Playlist]SPOOKS PLAYLIST 1

Grab a mask, slam back some candy corn, and get primed to get spooky: it’s October and officially witching season. Electronic music fanatics might be creatures of the night all year round, but there’s something so undeniably righteous about the Halloween season that makes the rapturous roar of dance music even more spellbinding. Whether in the form of diabolic dubstep or demonically deviant techno, the advent of electronic music has given the world some of its most truly terrifying tunes. In that vein, the Dancing Astronaut terror squad is proud to present 30 Days of Fright, our most dastardly dance music favorites for the spookiest month of the year.

By Asher Norris and Bella Bagshaw 


Surrender your consciousness and step inside REZZ‘s world of swirling asphyxia with “Relax.”

Feel your blood begin to bubble and your pulse hectically hasten as BlackGummy and Brooks’s “Neverdeader” breathes a bit of electronic hellfire.

Stream if you dare, as this flame-throwing dubstep track from Kill The Noise, “Black Magic,” will leave your eardrums scorched, but entirely satiated.

Zeds Dead offers up the score for entertainment of the entirely un-dead variety with their timelessly terrifying, “Demons.”

Careful – Megan James’s delectably delicate voice may seem perfectly benevolent, but make no mistake: lofty pipes like hers are witchy by nature.

ZHU plays maestro for all things that boogie and bump in the night with “Nightcrawler.”

Taste the psychedelic strangeness of An-Ten-Nae and Alice D.’s “Raindrops On Roses,” and fall into their preternatural purgatory.

Ever wanted to dance with the devil himself? Habstrakt‘s harrowing house track, “She Goes,” is an opportunity to do just that.

Zomboy invites you to venture through his dubstep-riddled zombie apocalypse with “Ressurected.”

Crowned prince of menacing sound design, Drezo sprinkles a ghastly vocal cut and some unearthly growls in one of his most downright evil releases, “Dead.”

Ivy Lab puts a wickedly delicious spin on an already-crazed Noisia classic, “Tentacles.”

Bask in the eerie ecstasy of Eekkoo and Forrest’s pulsating house production, “Preach.”

NERO solidifies their title as masters of destruction and drum ‘n’ bass with “Doomsday.”

Slithering and psychotic, Noisia’s “Lilith’s Club” will summon spooky sentiments from listeners across the board.

Catch a case of the techno scaries with Gesaffelstein‘s devilishly danceable “Viol.”

Magic Sword wields triumphant electrowave, “In The Face Of Evil,” to fend off even the most nefarious of forces in the days leading up to this All Hallow’s Eve.

Phantogram‘s off-kilter ambiance from “Funeral Pyre,” is the ideal supernatural soundscape, topped with seductive static and levitation-inducing guitar chords.

An undoubtedly foreseen, but fundamental addition to the list, deadmau5‘s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” keeps the freaky, phantasmic fun flying all season long.


Float through the ectoplasm of The Upside Down with this exquisitely melodic synthwave track direct from the second Stranger Things soundtrack.

We’re not really sure what Moody Good is investigating in the malignantly-sampled “This Is The Investigation,” but we’re pretty sure it’s not natural.

Step inside Pryda‘s low-lit techno tunnel and experience the roaring mania of “Rebel XX.”

Those with a predilection for the creepy crawly end of the electronic continuum need only submit themselves to Knife Party‘s iconic “Centipede.”

Street Fever’s winding techno musings inside “Dispose” may be simplistic, but they’ll leave listeners reeling with haunted rejoice.

Feed Me‘s two-headed trap/dubstep hybrid “Pink Lady” will have you seeing phantom strobes well into the afterlife.

It’s virtually impossible to overload on REZZ tracks during any month, but it’s especially tricky this time of year. Her immortal state of “Delusion” thrusts listeners below ground, where the most formidable forces can frolic freely.

Virtual Riot unleashes a bloodcurdling, cinematic ruckus with zombie-apocalypse-themed, “Haunted.”

Names are not at all deceiving as Shadient takes Wavedash and Quest‘s unnervingly vocalized “Devil Music” for ransom.

Coast the un-departed synth-pop streets of Dance With The Dead’s chillingly regal “Nightdrive.”

Spirits loom overhead, as Stephan Bodzin’s “Singularity” permeates shuddersome sounds of uncertainty.

The evil computers of the underworld unite on Knife Party’s riot-conjuring, “Internet Friends.”


There’s too many spooky dance cuts to round up all at once, alas, we’ve got you going with a pretty good start. Keep the spooks in rotation all month long, and don’t forget to mix in “Monster Mash” a few times to get into the spirit of things this season. Stream the full 30 Days of Fright collection below.

Nero members of The Night release second single, ‘Set Me Free’

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Nero members of The Night release second single, ‘Set Me Free’The Night Set Me Free 1

Nero‘s got a brand new bag, and regardless of the name, The Night is all about the light. Wedded in both marriage and sonic union, Nero’s Alana Watson and Daniel Stephens have for years now been using their lustrous side project as a way of decompressing from the menacing motifs inherent in their original, Grammy Award-winning act’s core design. However, until recently, The Night was kept in the shadows. Mid-March housed the release of the duo’s first single, “Different Story,” — something of a coming-out track — under the new moniker, via Monstercat.

Now Watson and Stephens return to the Canadian imprint for “Set Me Free.” Watson’s ’80s pop-influenced voice seems to be the only discernible trace of Nero influence evident in the new single, which is brimming with bubbly production. While a slightly cryptic synth interlude snakes between the chorus, the drop is all glossy reverb, animated vocal chops, and even a hint of cowbell for good measure.