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NCY Milky Band is an experimental jazz quartet from Nancy, who made their debuts as the label’s backing band.
Made up of keyboardist, producer and BMM Records co-founder Louis Treffel, Paul Lefèvre on the drums and Antoine Léonardon on the bass, both currently studying at Paris’ National Conservatory, and finally saxophonist and music teacher Quentin Thomas.
These four children of the groove have been pushing the boundaris of jazz in the French scene for a few years.
At the beginning of 2020, NCY Milky Band released their cover album Our Gurus, a complete manifesto of their jazz, funk, hip hop and electronic influences. These studio musicians and producers echo back to the 70’s French groove movement and take inspiration from composers like Cortex, Vannier or De Roubaix, but also from recent acts such as Badbadnotgood or Madlib.
Their 2021 studio album, Burn’IN, was highly acclaimed by DJs and musical press worldwide. Their euphoric compositions blends melodic generosity with goofy synth loops, and covers a wide range of moods from saxophone-filled slow jams to quirky tripped-out pop.
LE CASCADEUR FLEURISTE, PT. 1
In this new track, the band explores a more cinematic and psychedelic sound reminiscent of 70’s progressive rock, inspired by Omega, Vangelis and Nils Frahm. The noisy and loud intro gives place to the nostalgic melody of the piano and Quentin Thomas’ flute, slowly fading away and disappearing like a bomb that explodes and leaves a cloud of smoke.
This is the debut album from the Nancy-based quartet NCY Milky Band. The four musicians deliver unique jazz experiments at the crossroads of 70’s french groove and modern electronica. The album covers a wide range of moods, switching from cheerful anthems with goofy synths to slow jams in which the saxophone breezes a deep feeling of nostalgia. With Burn’IN, NCY Milky Band are bringing a refreshing and original touch to the upcoming french jazz scene.
LIVE AT 111M EP
To celebrate 10 years of music in their hometown, BMM Records’ backing band is back with a crazy performance project. Live at 111m is a short film and EP that consists of three songs recorded live on top of Nancy’s highest building. These new songs, captured 111 meters above the ground, transcribe a strong adrenaline rush. On the production side, the intention was to return to a minimalist process: record a limited number of takes at the top of the tower, then mix, without any additional tweaks.
This release compiles audio tracks from the video series titled “Our Gurus”, which consists of studio sessions with the NCY Milky Band covering songs from artists and musicians who inspired them the most. When you listen to the NCY Milky Band, you get caught up by their warm sound skillfully composed of soulful melodies, hip hop rhythms, jazz flights and some well-felt electronic incursions. A sound, in which percussion scratches and bass notes bite, sublimated by the mythical Fender Rhodes keyboard, reawakening that sweet sound from the past.