In the grand scheme of promising Dutch talents, Nicky Romero has exceeded all expectations and eclipsed the majority of his homeland peers in the process. Racking up collaborations alongside the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, Fedde Le Grand and further studio time with Tiësto, his explosion into 2012 has beckoned consistent efforts left right and centre. Having donned his ear to more mainstream offering ‘Wild One Two’ alongside Guetta and Sia, taking on Kelly Clarkson’s epic voice was nothing too unexpected from the converted club aficionado. Laced with sterling acid drops and first-class utilisation of one of the more dexterous voices on the modern pop market, his lacing of intricate piano play and solid beats makes for music to the ears of those less enthusiastic about EDM’s more commercial avenue.
Backing up Romero’s sizeable leading remix, Italian duo Promise Land follow-up a healthy dose of affirmative action for 2011 with their own acidesque take on the unconventional Pop princesses well-ornamented offering. Swapping the original’s uninspiring lucid instrumentals for fist pumping moments and remorseless bass riffage, their imposition upon ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ and the ultimately ardent force of Sony Music is not an offensive one, but a promising nod to a future of impeccable transitional pieces for the musical stylings of Nazario Pelusi and Fabio Ranucci.
Words by Dan Carter