Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney should certainly not be an uncommon name to fans of our output by now. After birthing our own Podcast last year in June, the man himself led the charge for a solid 12 months, with his format for the show seeing guests delve into their influences. There was no shortage of interesting choices and outcomes, much like the New Zealand resident’s production. While his last EP, Fortress, was an exploration into more down-tempo and ambient territory, Rocket Sprocket marks Max’s 5th release on Soulvent with a high octane return to the realms of drum & bass – and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
A-side Rocket Sprocket blasts off with a click heavy break, counting down to launch sequence start. Bubbling pads make room for tasty crunches of low-end, with techy synth stabs and distant chimes providing progression over the top of a high energy, squelching sub bassline. This track is a notable shift from his normal aural output, but in no way is this a bad thing!
Wake Up on the flip starts with a rousing vocal sample and features Monika’s trademark percussion progression. No drowsy drums on show here! You are awoken from the peacefulness of the airy first breakdown with a no-nonsense, full-bodied bassline. As the vocal harmonies develop, we’re introduced to a murmuring top line arp in the run up to the second breakdown, that allows you to catch your breath before you’re dropped back into the depths of that expansive bassline.
Available in all good stores from the 20th of September, we implore you not to dawdle on this one Comrade. Wake up and smell the tunes!
We bring you Episode 16 of the Soulvent Records podcast. This time hosted by Mike Drop and Paleblu with the mixing. We talk through our upcoming release, our next event (& competition!) and what the team got up to over the scorching bank holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we enjoyed making it.
Until next time!
Terror – Feels The Same ft. Obi Franky
Ill Truth & Satl – In Your Soul ft. Charli Brix (Lenzman Remix)
Askel & Elere – Coincidences
Dave Owen – Pensive
Etherwood – Begin By Letting Go (Whiey Remix)
Pola & Bryson – Bad Habit
Terror – Our Way ft. Florence Rawlings
Digital Artifacts – Retinal Flooding ft. Lovely
Siege MC – Heathens ft. Visionobi & Curricula
Wreckless – Welcome To The Real World
In:Most – Uh! ft. Walk:r
AC13 – Drag Race
ID – ID
Terence & Philip – DNB Religion ft. KT Kinga
Shy FX – Original Nuttah 25 (feat. IRAH) (Chase & Status Remix)
Jolliffe – Dubplate Culture ft. MC Coppa
Pola & Bryson – Devil
Ripgroove – Double 99 (Fixate Refix)
Our next single comes from Terror, the brand new moniker of Tony Friend. No stranger to the global music scene – Tony is best known for previously being one half of North London dubstep duo Modestep. After experimenting in the realms of 140 and touring the world with various bands, we proudly present Tony’s first foray into the world of drum & bass. He will also be following up this release with his debut set at our 5 Years of Soulvent takeover in Manchester in collaboration with Kodiak Productions on 20th September.
Feels The Same combines full-bodied, melodic keys with soul-striking vocals courtesy of Obi Franky, returning with more of the same sultry goodness as previously displayed on Jolliffe’s Dubplate Culture EP. The track’s uplifting, transcendental synths are matched with warm sub bass, and will be sure to see your Summer out in the best way possible.
Our Way features tight drum sonics and heartfelt piano sections, complemented by the smooth vocals of Florence Rawlings. Rawlings, a professional jazz singer, who has previously performed at the Stuttgart Jazz open also dives head first into the world of drum & bass, with an accomplished topline to form the B-side into a classic liquid hand-raiser.
The release also contains instrumental versions of both tracks. Available in all good stores from 30th August, this is certainly not a debut release to sleep on.
Next up on the 5 Years of Soulvent tour, we’re teaming up with our pals over at Kodiak Productions, and hitting up the Brick House Social in Manchester!
Jolliffe b2b Terror
Early Bird – £3.5 (Sold out)
1st Release – £4 (Running low!)
2nd Release – £5.5
3rd Release – £7
Final Release – £8.5
OTD – £10
Finally recovered from an immense Hospitality On The Beach, Soulvent head Promo/Gas-man Joe Goss hosts this month’s episode, recapping HOTB and giving you the upcoming Soulvent news. Mike Drop continues on the buttons with some exclusive bidness from Askel & Elere.
Siege MC – Intentions ft. Echo B & Jesse Bowden
Walk:r – Stay
Askel & Elere – Once
Document One – Fortitude
Pola & Bryson – Stolen Glances ft. Sammie Bella
Silence Groove – Recondite
Shiny Radio – Panda’s Anthem
GLXY – Exposed
Bmotion – All My Love ft. Jon Lilygreen
Telomic – No Resistance ft. Visionobi
In:Most x Changing Faces – Soft Spoken ft. Charli Brix (GLXY Remix)
LQ – Running Late ft. Siege MC & MC Fava
Hugh Hardie – Lifted ft. Pola & Bryson
Low:R – Other Side ft. Anna Pancaldi
Blacklab – Do You
Monika x Allay – Kintsugi
Pola & Bryson – Night Dawns ft. Lauren Archer
Askel & Elere – Yeah Alright
Juho Kavasto and Sainey Gibba, better known as Askel & Elere, slid into the Soulvent soundscape way back in April last year with their gloriously slick single Last Leaves. The pair then followed up their debut with Once, featured on February’s 5 Years of Soulvent album. We welcome their unique sound back onto one of East London’s finest independent imprints, with a jazz infused masterclass in Finnish DnB.
Coincidences launches into gear with a rising synth and bounding bongos, which break into a luscious Rhodes. The drop sees in a chunky, pulsating synth bass and the second brings a quirky, syncopated counter-point melody that works in-step with the chords effortlessly.
Chest-plate kicks and stifling snares bring in the sweeping pads of Deluge, which collide with the trickling twinkles of piano and warm, guttural bass. The subtle strings after the second drop round out Deluge’s progression nicely. This track really shows off the duos’ understanding of space in composition.
Until She Turns Her Back begins with a simpler approach, and will straight up have you reaching for your double bass air-plucks in the dance. This bad boy bassline takes centre stage, underpinned by a straightforward rolling break, while the seemingly random keys solo in the breakdown simply ooze class.
Last up, title-track Yeah Alright closes out the EP in foreboding fashion. With creepy vocal samples reminiscent of Portal & Half Life, and big lurching subs, this one is a certified head-nodder.
The Yeah Alright EP will be available in all good digital stores from the 9th of August, and we reckon it’s just what your Summer was missing.
In the world of drum & bass, the humble MC is so often overlooked. So when our good friend & resident Jaye ‘Siege MC’ Balmer told us that he was keen to do a solo EP on the imprint, we simply couldn’t resist. The Bristolian wordsmith has assembled a glittering selection of producers and fellow unsung heroes to grace his first 4-track project, which we’re hugely excited to home.
Intentions ft. Jessie Bowden (produced by Echo B aka Colby Brown) starts off the EP with incredibly crisp, high energy drums and a deceptively catchy hook laying the foundation for some of Siege’s best writing yet. The title track gives us an insight into the trials and tribulations of a drum & bass MC.
Heathens ft. Visionobi (produced by Curricula) sees Siege join forces with the Rogue Jedi, Visionobi, to let their souls’ vent some deep and thought-provoking verses that meander through the eerie atmospherics and haunting vocal samples laid down by lesser known UK born, NZ based producer Curricula.
Champagne & Battle Scars ft. MC Fava (produced by Hiraeth) more of liquid DnB’s household names feature here to provide some sun drenched, feel-good vibes that will certainly get some air time at festivals. MC Fava complements Siege brilliantly, reminding us whatever life brings us, drum & bass can heal even the deepest wounds.
Overdue (produced by Hiraeth) has a title befitting the release of a 4 track EP from Siege MC. Rounding out the EP with a silky liquid roller, Siege invites us to settle down to his approach on living the music lifestyle over a dreamy, piano laden tune produced by up and coming producer Hiraeth.
Get your hands on some sublimely scribed stanzas to supplement your Summer. Available from all good outlets on 12th July 2019.
All roads lead to Hospitality On The Beach in Croatia on 11th July. On the 15th July, Soulvent Records are taking over the Olive Grove stage with a stellar line up that will round out what promises to be an unforgettable 5 days.
With LHR on the mic and Mike Drop on the buttons, we give you tracks exclusively from those artists on the festival line up and discuss what we are looking forward to most.
Walk:r – Wallflower
Spectrasoul – Silence ft. LSB
Makoto x Hugh Hardie – Bluebird
Lenny Fontana – Spread Love (Nu:Tone Remix)
London Elektricity – Bare Religion (Subwave Remix)
GLXY – Lucid
Pola & Bryson – This Time Last Year
In:Most – Uh! ft. Walk:r
Hugh Hardie – Everything Was Nothing (feat. Benji Clements)
Danny Byrd – Sweet Harmony ft. Liquid
Kings Of The Rollers – Tisno
S.P.Y – Rock Da House
Alix Perez – The Raven
Nu:Tone – Jet Stream ft. Talc
LSB – About Tonight