- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on July 10th, 2011 at 4:03p.m.
So we're getting closer and closer to Nero's debut album, after what seems like a hideously long amount of time 'just' releasing singles. We've had Act Like You Know, Solid Air / Choices, Something Else, Innocence / Electron, Me & You, Guilt, and now Promises, plus a load of collaborations with what seems like the crème de la crème of dubstep and drum and bass.
Promises is yet another fantastic addition to a long line of superbly accessible dubstep. While some may see that as a bad thing because it doesn't fit in with their definition of 'true' dubstep (in other words it's not underground anymore), I see it as a good thing. They've helped open up the genre to many more listeners who might not otherwise have tried it out.
If you've heard any Nero songs before, you'll find Promises fairly familiar. It's got all the common elements - the anthemic sounding drums, synth and bass, the fast pace, and most importantly a great breathy-coarse female vocalist in the form of Alana Watson (who you've also heard on their other tracks).
You don't just get the titular Promises for your money. You also get two remixes (by Skrillex & Nero and Calvin Harris respectively) as well as another track called New Life (which will also feature on the deluxe version of the album). The Skrillex & Nero remix is essentially a heavier version of the original. A nice sparse intro of a piano and the Alana's vocals lulling you into a mental bass-heavy storm of a song. The Calvin Harris remix is a bit different, and is probably the weaker of the two (still good, though). While the Skrillex/Nero remix was heavier, this has somewhat predictably gone in the other direction, closer to Harris's distinctive style. Slower, synthy goodness.
New Life is kind of nice. It almost sounds like MSTRKRFT to me. I wouldn't class it as a standout track by any means, but it's pretty sweet nonetheless. Here's the video, although it's VEVO so it might be mysteriously unavailable in some places because of pointless and stupid rights issues or something: