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Editors’ Notes

Soundtracking a fictional film is easily the next best thing to recording a concept album. With 2011’s Welcome Reality British producers Joe Ray, Dan Stephens and vocalist Alana Watson did just that under the Nero moniker. The futuristic opener “2808” sets the tone for a dark post-apocalyptic realm of electro reality where rock ‘n’ roll has become extinct. It bleeds into the pulsing “Doomsday,” brilliantly infusing progressive arrangements into hard, gritty dubstep. “My Eyes” begins with minimalist Brian Eno-inspired soundscapes before transforming into a Daft Punk-esque ballad where Watson sings like a less quirky Björk. Utilizing timeless technological tones, Both “My Eyes” and the instrumental breaks on “Guilt” blend vintage sounding electronic textures with modern-day innovative production to forge something that plays like an upgraded reworking of Vangelis’ 1982 score for Blade Runner.

Customer Reviews

Bloody Brilliant!

Nero is a musical genius. I usually do not like a lot of singing in my electronic music but this one is the exception. This is for sure one of my favorites of the of 2011. My other favorite is Eric Walker's Tangier Dream. His songs Alien Space, 2012, Dreamscape and Dimension Walker are awesome. I suggest you check it out here on itunes. Both Nero and Eric Walker's cd should get top honors. I would also love to see Nero play these tracks live.


Stayed up just to get it


Obviously all the people who love this album have come on and decided to high rate it and the people who dislike it have probably deleted the album and uninstalled iTunes to be rid of this shocker. But come on, let's be honest it's probably the most disappointing album i've bought this year. It's not I dislike Nero, I went to see him live at Nass and Leeds this year, I love what he can mix together. But all these songs just are a let down, Promises, Guilt, Me and You and Innocence are great songs, but I didn't need the album for them. If you like listening to sort of trance/electro songs then sure go ahead. But this isn't the Nero I like and i'm not ever going to like it. Poor effort Nero.


Formed: 2004 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring producers Dan Stephens and Joe Ray along with vocalist Alana Watson, London's Nero were born a straight drum'n'bass act, but they steadily evolved into a more layered affair, mixing dubstep beats with classic house music melodies and vocals. Formed in 2004 and signed to the Formation Records label that same year, the group released a series of drum'n'bass 12"s that would take them up to 2008. That year, the Audio Freaks label released their "This Way" single, marking their shift toward...
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Welcome Reality (Deluxe Version), Nero
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  • £12.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music, Dance, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2011

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