Duke Dumont Alleges Theft of "Nightcrawler" Concept by Zhu Camp
Although his name was not one of the eight enumerated in Zhu’s chilling twenty-six second noir advertisement for the forthcoming release of “Nightcrawler,” the album set to answer Zhu’s 2016 album, “GENERATIONWHY,” "Ocean Drive" hit maker, Duke Dumont, has responded to Zhu’s recent industry activity, specifically the official release of the track to which the Nightcrawler video is set, the ominous and eponymous “Nightcrawler.”
Dumont announced on Twitter last night that Zhu’s Nightcrawler was actually a theft of concept, the “vocal hook, vibe” and title stolen from a demo written by Dumont eleven months prior. “Going to give you the benefit of the doubt,” Dumont wrote, “but the writer on your new record stole it.” Dumont’s demo was reportedly “amongst top line writers since last September.”
Whether the commonality across title is merely a fluke or is indeed a breach of Dumont’s previously recorded demo, we’ll never know. Yet Dumont’s accusation that the “vocal hook” and “vibe” of Zhu’s Nightcrawler appears unfounded; Dumont’s demo, linked below, bears no aesthetic resemblance to Zhu’s, the “Faded” producer’s rendition of “Nightcrawler,” a sinister, dark production not at all an auditory derivative of Dumont’s 2016 demo.
Preview Dumont’s demo below to discern whether you can identify any striking similarities across the two stylistics of sound.