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
Somewhat alike the recently previewed Nicky Romero remix in its smooth instrumentals to supplement the sing-along vocals from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s latest single, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), the remix package addition from Nazario Pelusi and Fabio Ranucci, who make up DJ and production duo Promise Land, also unfolds a significant dose of fierce acid. Though breaking through in mid 2009 with an under-rated remix duty for ‘Leave The World Behind’ alongside Provenzano, it was not until late 2010 and the outing of a certain remake of Reder8’s ‘Amazing’, which saw essential and recurrent plays from the Swedish House Mafia amongst many others, that clubland witnessed the inception of the two Italians as Promise Land.
Following installments on Dirty Dutch, Mutants, Ultra, Atlantic, Flamingo and Smash The House this year, Pelusi and Ranucci prepare their debut on internationally renowned Sony Music and their first release of 2012 with growling bass riffs and hints of fist-pump friendly chords injected into Kelly Clarkson’s pop original.
The remixes of ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ are released January 9th
Amongst clubland’s most promising future stars to be, Nicky Romero has distinguished himself as the probably most promising of them all. With a number of collaborations alongside the likes of Avicii, David Guetta and Fedde Le Grand coming up and a year that has seen him ascend strongly, Romero does indeed have nothing but success written all over him. And from the listens of his now unveiled, first release of 2012, it’s safe to say next year might just be the year for this rising star from the Netherlands.
Alike his collaborative effort with Apster, titled Bootcamp, which saw its release via Wall Recordings earlier in 2011, Romero’s new, forthcoming remix for American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is an excellent showcase for his dexterity as far as bass-filled acid drops go. And boasting his characteristic dynamics in terms of a soft interlude with a smooth piano and the astoundingly large voice of Clarkson to precede that thumping club drop, Romero’s contribution to the upcoming remix package of Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) is certain to star as its very headliner and further build on his already rising reputation amongst producers and House music heads across the globe.
The Nicky Romero remix of ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ is released on January 9th via Sony Music.