NERO Shares Their First Song In 2 Years As Part of Ninja’s Compilation

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Back in October, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins announced that he would partner with Astralwerks on a “soundtrack to gaming.” While everyone anticipated it’d have some good artists on the project, no one expected artists as big as Alesso, 3LAU, Tycho, and now NERO. Coming off of a 2 year hiatus, NERO returns with their first song

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

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NERO emerge from hiatus to sing listeners a foreboding ‘Lullaby’ by way of new ‘Ninjawerks’ albumNero Lullaby 1

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.

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.

 

NERO Revealed What Might Be The Start To A New Collaboration

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NERO threw up an alarming post on their social media accounts. The post states “For the past decade you’ve stood by our side as NERO. It’s now time to tell a different story, signed Dan & Alana as The Night.” What does it mean? For the past 10 years it has been Daniel “Dan” Stephens,

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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, musical..it’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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