If you’re to believe certain quarters of the internet, The Other Boys by NERVO is one of the best things to have emerged since Taylor Swift‘s Twitter comeuppance. On paper it should be as well, given how Aussie twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo have recruited Nile Rodgers, Jake Shears, and Kylie Minogue for the ultimate EDM banger. Here’s the thing, though: it’s not actually that good and it’ll sound outdated in a year, just like the majority of Collateral.
Maybe it’s the EDM fatigue we’re suffering in a year that’s already inflicted on us albums from Zedd and Galantis. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell songs from each artist apart – Bulletproof and Rise Early Morning (featuring Au Revoir Simone) consist of the same build and drop as we’ve heard countless times, the same cut-and-paste dancefloor template that will have people losing their shit in no time.
Where NERVO do set themselves apart is in the slight little quirks they have in production (Did We Forget does not go the way you might expect) and the lack of complete dependence they have on featured acts. It’s when they go renegade on their own that they really stand out – Oh Diana and Haute Mess are by turns inventive and playful, and a decent departure from the usual genre tripe we’re fed. Moments like that – and the delightful Major Lazer-meets-Rudimental flavour of Let It Go – are what keep NERVO a couple of notches above the norm; everything else is just, well, collateral.
Collateral by NERVO can be ordered here.