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Contenders for the heavyweight title

Nero is two producers Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, and vocalist Alana. Like Magnetic Man, Chase & Status and Sub Focus, Nero have found crossover success with a big room sound which merges drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep with elements of ‘Nineties commercial house and trance. Their music mashes euphoric synth stabs and soaring diva vocals with grinding halfstep beats and overdriven, electro basslines creating a emotional, club-friendly hybrid.

Nero first came to widespread attention with a devastating remix of The Streets Blinded by the Lights which transformed Mike Skinner’s bittersweet original into a monstrous UK bass banger and was a massive hit with DJs as diverse as Skream and Tiesto. They’ve subsequently twisted La Roux’s I’m not Your Toy and Deadmau5’s Ghosts 'N' Stuff into strange new shapes as well as delivering heavyweight remixes for N*E*R*D & Daft Punk and Beyonce. Chase and Status are fans: releasing Nero’s Innocence on their MTA (More Than A Lot) label and enlisting Nero to remix their single Let You Go.

Radio 1 and 1Xtra have also offered strong support with Nero’s music finding favour with Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Nero’s next single Me and You is released in January 2011 and is followed by their debut album.

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  • New Yorker Review

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  • Knowledge Magazine Interview

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    • 1. At 5:36pm on 27 Dec 2010, Dwayne wrote:

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    • 2. At 11:09pm on 06 Jan 2011, Azza wrote:

      As amazingly sick as they may be, Nero've been around for a while so I don't know why they're here now.

      Also as a massive fan of dubstep, I find it a bit worrying that the genre seems to be really coming into the mainstream light, as theses days, for example, hip-hop is a synonym for pop, is dubstep now doomed to the same fate?

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