Eastern Promise Audio
Eastern Promise Audio, set up by the Reactor Studios crew from Amsterdam, developed a distinct and exclusive drum n’ bass sound over the years. Heavily inspired by oriental sounds and philosophies, the label will focus on the darker, experimental side of drum ‘n bass.
EPA’s first release (EPA01) shall feature the Dam Nation tracks Mescaline on the A-side, and Under Dementia on the flip. The Dam Nation production crew consists of no less than five members, including Phuture-T, Splinter, Logikz, Reactor Grits, and Drome. The first track is, as the name suggests, an epic trip which can be neither described as either light or dark, as it ambiguously encompasses both; through many stages expressed through classic jungle breaks and deep soaring basslines, the songs progress in a spiritual way through classic gamelan sounds, whispers and soundscapes which are unpredictable and mysterious. As a heavy trip can be essentially indescribable through words, Dam Nation crew has tried doing it through sound that must be heard to be believed.
They continue their dark ride through the B-side with Under Dementia; more minimal but equally complex in drum patterning, the song opens with traditional Japanese vocals, subtle percussion and mysterious horn sounds, where a soundscape gradually starts opening up to draw the listener into its atmosphere. Once the bass stabs for the first time, the tune falls into its heavy form and reveals its skin of dazzling sounds which fill the audio spectrum and keep on coming out of unexpected corners. Again it makes no difference between a pure light and dark side (although it’s leaning to the latter), and even though less divided into stages as a trip in Mescaline, it is just as epic, dark, and mysterious.
Eastern Promise Audio EPA01, will be for sale online from their own website, Juno Download, Digital-Tunes, and Chemical Records. Their next release, the long awaited Double O EP, is scheduled for November 2011. Phuture-T will also host a new free mix featuring the most recent sounds and artists which got associated with the label, available for download soon!