The man behind heavyweight Prague-based label #BNCexpress has a reputation as a sample-hunting crate digger, but here it's all about pads and chord work, layer upon layer of soaring orchestral sounds piled on top of tight-wound drums.
Promenade has been drip-feeding us album tracks since late last year, and 'Ballads' kicks off with the gentle liquid of '#TheWayBackHome', a pristine sound reminiscent of Hospital Records artists like #Etherwood and #FredV & #Grafix which sweeps through the first half of the record like a summer breeze.
Pivoting on the colossal instrumentation of '#UnderTheLight', a perfect example of the living, breathing liquid Promenade conjures, the record takes a deep dive with a hit of darker rollers including new single '#Downhill' and the synth-heavy '#Skywalker'.
'#Ballads' is the first solo venture from the Italian producer, and where better to make his bow than on the label he founded - BNCexpress, born in Italy in 2012 and now based out of Prague, pushes a multifaceted sound looking to expand the borders of drum & bass. In January this year BNCexpress launched a drum & bass production school - BNC Academy - in their hometown, and the label is also behind Southern, a drum & bass festival in southern Italy.
'Ballads' has already picked up support from #HLZ, #Hallucinator, #Markee #Substance (#Kosheen) and others in the scene with no signs of slowing down. The record is released on BNCexpress in June - keep in the loop at http://bncexpress.com.