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Welcome Reality is Nero’s debut album released earlier this month. Nero is a two man dubstep group born out of London in 2004, making great first impressions in the dnb/dubstep music community with the release of “This Way” and “Bad Trip” in 2008. The album is being released under MTA Records, helmed by another London act Chase & Status who typically create upbeat drum and bass.

The album emphasizes characteristics that a lot of dubstep contains: lots of rolling bass, soaring highs, and a general filthiness that punctuate what a lot of the genre is about. However, this album contains a few traits that isn’t necessarily common with a release of this publicity: it’s slightly more care free than a lot of other dubstep out there – almost as if the album is content to not take itself too seriously. Additionally, vocals are present throughout the record which is not something that I find too common in releases of this caliber.

The album is pretty solid though. Sexy, almost angelic-like female vocals by Alana Watson accompany a great deal of tracks on the record, perhaps most accentuated in “Crush on You” and “Promises”.

“Reaching Out” samples vocals from from the 1984 track “Out of Touch” from Hall & Oates, and “Angst” acts as a remix by Justice’s “Stress” off of their 2007 album Cross. I might be so bold as to say that a tinge of an ’80s influence is present in the record especially evident in some of the melodies and synth leads that it contains.

Highlights of the record include “My Eyes” – a track with a pulsing rhythm, hypnotic vocals once again provided by Alana, and an absolute killer bass line. Additionally, the aforementioned “Crush on You”, “Must be the Feeling”, and “Promises”, along with “Guilt” serves to provide soaring vocals, glorious beat-work and singing that match harmoniously with the momentum that the track carries with it.

The very next track doesn’t wait for an introduction, almost acting as a sort of an epilogue for “Guilt” with enjoyable synths and thick slabs of bass. “Innocence” is also a hallmark track.

Really, the album does something different that a lot of dubstep does not in that vocals are present in the majority of the album. I find that a lot of dubstep is completely void of vocals unless it is from a sample.

In this case, I find that the pace of Nero’s music here compliments and warrants its introduction. I was mildly concerned at first when I had first learned that vocals would be present, but they have been tastefully done here and it’s not something that detracts from the record as a whole.

It’s fairly fast paced (without being a nuisance) and easy going and it makes for a great album to pop into your car’s CD player as you’re out for a drive. They do look like some nerds out in the wild though (tee hee).

Fun, care-free dubstep done well. Recommended.

For more information, check out:

Last.fm

Discogs

MTA Records

Buy this from:

Amazon

MTA Records

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4 Comments

  1. Crush on You is actually samples this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm_QilrHkh8

  2. Thanks, i am checking it

  3. mate, download link is not working?

      • isleptintheseclothes
      • Posted September 4, 2011 at 04:36
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      Unfortunately, it has been removed. Out of my hands now.


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