Jump, jump, jump! It was exactly ten years ago: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley, sweating, before a Stravinski audience on fire, jumping in perfect sync. After seven years’ absence from the studio, this year N.E.R.D. is celebrating a raucous return with the album No_One Ever Really Dies, an activist work marked by interventions from Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A. and Gucci Mane. N.E.R.D.’s hip-hop is an irresistible melding of urban and underground music, drawing its unique energy from the attitude of punk, the strength of rock, and the euphoria of funk. This experimental approach is found in their first album: In Search Of first came out in 2001 as a wholly hip-hop record, before being transformed into a funk-rock version with the musicians from Spymob... The early chapters of an extraordinary adventure that continues this summer in Montreux.