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Listen: Dhani Harrison's thenewno2 reemerges, with help from RZA

Dhani Harrison of thenewno2

Just days before its Monday night appearance at Hollywood's Bardot, Dhani Harrison's collective thenewno2 has unveiled its new RZA-bolstered track, "Mr. President." The song is the centerpiece of a four-song EP, "EP002," due Sept. 27, through the band's own Hot Records. 

"Mr. President" sees the groove-focused, electronic-enhanced collective focusing less on its atmospheric side and wholeheartedly embracing a more digital presentation. What surprises, perhaps, is how effortlessly the act segues into hip-hop, as Harrison's soft and familiar vocals provide a grounded counterbalance to RZA's political verses. The cut, which also features RZA pals Crisis and Sir Eyes, is a short, fast and direct take on class warfare, targeting its ire largely at the previous American presidential administration. 

Listen to it after the jump:

02 Mr. President

Harrison -- yes, the son of George -- considers thenewno2 more of a collective with varied technological pursuits rather than a typical group. "We're all studio nerds -- that's who I've surrounded myself with," Harrison told the Los Angeles Times of the act's approach back in 2009. "Every single person in the band is also a mix engineer or a soundtrack engineer or a composer or a filmmaker or some other kind of nerd. I design video games -- that's my nerdy side."

Thenewno2 is currently in the midst of recording the follow-up to 2008's "You Are Here," and intends to have the album ready for 2012 release. As for "EP002," RZA isn't the only A-list guest, as Regina Spektor makes an appearance on "Live a Lie." The EP is rounded out by a track called "Wide Awake" and a remix of "Mr. President."

"School Night" at the Bardot is free, but an RSVP is required. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the weekly KCRW-curated event at 1737 Vine St. in Hollywood.


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Photo credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times

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