When you reach a certain level of success and notoriety, it may be time to put on a new mask to explore a different avenue. This week we are heading over to Protocol for Time to Save, a brand new EP from Nicky Romero’s new alter ego Monocule. Romero is one of the modern producers to change and mold today’s electronic music scene how he sees fit. Not only has he founded one of the most prolific modern electronic music movements, but he is also constantly on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list year after year and has attributed heavily to the global spread of electronic music. Romero continues to surprise us, even dropping a mini-doc series back in 2019 and multiple successful releases now that he’s back on the wagon. Hell, he even put on one hell of a performance at the London opening of the Call of Duty League eSports tournament!
“Monocule is a brand new alias of mine, which lets me express my never-ending love for deeper classic progressive house vibes. During these uncertain times, it feels really good to lock myself up in the studios and work with a different spectrum of sounds. I’m excited to finally share my first single and EP with the world as Monocule and more than happy to have Tim van Werd & Mosimann being part of this inaugural release! Sky’s the limit for Monocule, so I’m stoked about this new sonic journey.” – Nicky Romero
While Nicky Romero and Protocol have been on the forefront of the progressive house genre, molding the style into forms they see fit, they still want to play around with darker and classic sounds. This is where Romero’s new alias, Monocule, comes into play. We may be familiar with Romero’s big room festival progressive style, and those are not completely missing from this Monocule EP. Romero focuses on a handful of underground progressive sounds, creating a more off the beaten path style that stands out from the rest of Protocol’s catalog. The EP’s named track “Time to Save” is the closest to traditional Romero, along with the help and influence from fellow producers Tim Van Werd and Mosimann. What do you think of Monocule? Do you think Romero can separate it from his original style? Let us know!
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