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Brooklyn's NERVE Coats Jazz Instrumentation With a Digital Sheen

Stream the Brooklyn-based group's latest album, 'Ghost of Tomorrow.'
October 29, 2015, 11:05pm

"NERVE sounds like electronic music, but it's not. It doesn't sound like jazz or rock, but it is." That's how Brooklyn-based group NERVE describes their sound. For almost two decades, the group—which came out of leader JoJo Mayer's legendary "Prohibited Beatz" party in New York—has charted some radical musical-making territories by merging programmed electronic music with live instrumentation. Now, they're following the success of last year's Live in Europe LP with their third full length album, Ghosts of Tomorrow, due for November 6 release.

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On this record, NERVE programmed jungle beats on acoustic drums while combining a spectrum of dance sounds including footwork, minimal house and glitch beats. The group also took a freer, improvisational approach to the production process of composition, performance, editing and mixing, turning the normally chronological sequence into one where all of these things took place in reverse order—or even simultaneously, revealed the band via a press release.

An accompanying EP of remixes and collaborations with guests vocalists from around the world, including Iranian superstar Mohsen Namjoo, Columbian singer Juliana Ronderos of Salt Cathedral, and MC Xis from Brazil, will follow. Listen to the album below, and pre-order it via Bandcamp.