NewKidd join a growing list of fresh debuts that have kinda… sorta… already debuted. I get that their 2017-18 sub-unit releases don’t really count, but they even performed last year’s Shooting Star on music shows. Add that to member Hansol’s pre-debut, NCT-training hype and it feels like these guys have been around forever. Nevertheless, it’s nice to finally make this group official — and their debut arrives in strong fashion with the upbeat Tu Eres (뚜에레스).
We’re starting to see a trend in songs like these, which harness a familiar deep house structure but up the energy and add a more robust chorus. I’d be delighted to see this pattern continue as the year goes on, because this brisk, dynamic vibe is always welcome. Tu Eres derives much of its pleasure from the forcefulness of its instrumental. Its official description describes the track as “future bass,” but it lacks the kind of lurching, stop/start structure I often associate with the genre. The song feels much closer to ONF’s Complete — though Tu Eres isn’t as inventive or memorable.
I love the opening verse, which bounces along vibrant synths before bringing in additional keys and atmospheric strings. The track builds a great sense of momentum that carries through its deep house beat drop of a chorus. The melody here is solid, but not quite as eventful as I was hoping. Tu Eres then goes on to segue into the kind of dreaded, post-chorus hip-hop break that forces the tempo down. It’s not a hugely glaring shift this time around, but ultimately fails to bring the track to another level. Even so, NewKidd are operating in a style I personally enjoy. There’s not much to complain about, and I’m excited to see where they go next.