Joseph Ray of Grammy-winning group NERO has dropped the first single under his own name, and Billboard Dance has the exclusive premiere of his debut release “Inside.”
The house production is jump-started by a stoic bass line and crisp percussion that make for an ominous entrance. Ray lightens the brooding sequence with a twinkling arpeggio that soon finds itself dancing alongside horn bursts and sharp drum hits.
“Inside,” featuring singer-songwriter and producer Meli, is a direct product of Smirnoff’s new program Smirnoff Sound Collective, which aims to bring together rising electronic acts from all backgrounds with established artists pioneering the scene.
Joseph Ray plans on releasing several more tracks this year, including a collaborative project with Haitian band Lakou Mizik.
Listen to the premiere of “Inside” below: