Rho

Prash Chouhan, otherwise known as Rho, is a 23-year old drum & bass producer currently based in Leeds. After graduating from University last year, where he co-founded the events brand ‘Overground Sessions’, Prash furthered his love for underground dance music by starting his relatively new production alias Rho. He started to dabble in DAWs and music production at the tender of age of 15, and in the last four years of his studies, Rho decided to take things more seriously which went hand-in-hand with running his night. Not tied down to a specific sort of genre, but geared towards harder and jazzy liquid Drum & Bass, Rho is influenced by artists including S.P.Y, Calibre, Break, Lenzman. He first came to our attention with his track ‘Gonna Be’ which was featured on the New Soul EP (SV020), leading to his All Night single (SV023). Now living in London, with recent releases on labels such as Skankandbass and Saucy Records this exciting young DJ & producer is definitely one to watch!

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Siege MC

Jaye Balmer AKA Siege MC is a close friend and serious mic-controller, as well as fundamental part of the Soulvent Records family. Hailing from Bristol he represents two of the city’s finest in underground sound purveyors in the form of Alternate & Adaptive. Cutting his teeth early with appearances at events from Hospitality, Liquicity and Med School – he’s fast becoming an experienced MC with a strong knowledge of what it takes to be a a true wordsmith.

Starting over hip-hop in his school days, he soon moved to 170bpm at parties and hosting radio shows. From there, putting on his own parties around the UK, he was booked by UKF performing at the revered Thekla. Peer & close friend to Fred V & Grafix, Jaye’s love of drum & bass is easily explained, hailing from the genre’s second home and with such talented bed fellows – a foray into hosting was always inevitable.

A first-choice pick for Grey Code, Utile and the power-house that is Pola & Bryson, he had his first track feature on their acclaimed debut LP This Time Last Year out on Soulvent last year, with Way Back. Should you require a tasteful hype-man, look no further than this young Bristolian.

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Shiny Radio

In 2009, the Shiny Radio alias was founded by Ilya Shiny. His first album “Грациозно” (Gracefully) was recorded with influences from different performers such as Tricky, Gorillaz, Morcheeba, DJ Krush, Aim and Bonobo. Working with a noted focus on a combination of hip-hop, downtempo and trip-hop coupled with scratching. After 4 of these releases, he decided to switch up the project’s intended sound. In 2013, his ‘Feel The Fire’ EP was released by Dutch label Celsius Recordings. The release got wholly positive reviews and a good reception from both international and Russian listeners. The EP was recorded with the involvement of singer La Kos, who is now a constant participant of the project.

After joining forces, Shiny Radio & La Kos then went onto perform together, sharing line-ups the likes of Goldie, Brookes Brothers and Etherwood to name a few. In 2015 Ilya was invited to host his own show on the American online radio station Digitally Imported. After the warm reception of his show, ‘Shiny’s Good Scene’ dedicated to liquidfunk DnB, he was offered another show dedicated to showcasing the harder subgenres of the scene.

After releases on Silent Audio and Soul Deep Recordings, early 2016 saw Ilya’s first release on Soulvent with Pandas Anthem & Hug (SV019), but there are surely more to follow! We’re huge fans of Shiny’s feel-good style of production, bathed in nostalgia and good vibes and he makes a welcome addition to our ever growing roster of international artists!

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SV008 – Data 3 – Solar Space

Cat No: SV008
Release Date: 11/01/15

2015 saw Soulvent start with a brand new slice of dark Drum & Bass in the form of Data 3. Data 3 is made up of the collective efforts of 3 young West Yorkshire lads, Alex Kostyakov, Dan Hartley, and our very own Bryson.

Up first is the title track ‘Solar Space’, with its eerie, windy pads and vocal chops in the intro it builds into a massive bass heavy roller which will go down a treat for any deep Drum & Bass head.’Funk Bear’ reels you in with its glitchy, gritty intro, to then almost drop without warning into some of the most brutal basslines to have graced the Soulvent sound so far.

And finally, we join Data 3’s dubstep alias, Syrum, for bonus track ‘Space Hamsters’. A true homage to the early sounds of Dubstep that were emerging from the depths of Croydon and Big Apple Records back in the early 2000’s; ‘Space Hamsters’ is a great close to the release from the multi-faceted trio, reflecting a pivotal time for the scene, as well us here at Soulvent and our contemporaries.

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SV007 – Pola – Open Arms

Cat No: SV007
Release Date: 09/11/15

Another stellar release from Soulvent co-founder Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins.

Open Arms comes in the form of a clean yet emotional roller, the smooth intro synths blending with a simple yet effective melody. Opening out into a deep drop supported by an old school vocal sample, and a moving yet reserved bass – this track is sure to warm more than a dance floors this autumn.

History, keeps up with Pola’s skill of merging both the new and the old school vibes. The dark ethereal vocals coupled with a warm pad keep you guessing, until the driving bass and old school drum break punch their way through.

All in all the man himself delivers a more than convincing 2nd release, strongly establishing his talent & versatility as a producer.

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SV006 – Diego Torres – Part Of Me (ft. Vincent)

Cat No: SV006
Release Date: 05/10/15

Autumn saw Soulvent go further afield than the rain stricken shores of blighty. Diego Torres, formerly one third of trio Submatik, begins his solo career with full force. This emotive and moving single came fresh from the young Belgian producer as he shifts into deep liquid Drum & Bass, with vibes sure to warm the close of our year.

Torres joins forces with the amazing vocal talent of Vincent for this soulful single. ‘Part of Me’ kicks things off with gorgeous pianos with sweeping chords before dropping into a smooth bassline with Vincent’s soothing vocals to accompany.

‘Awake’ is the accompanying B-side to ‘Part of Me’, taking the form of a classic liquid roller. With subtle rhode synths, quick percussive switches and soothing piano chords throughout.

Diego Torres effortlessly proves his place in the Soulvent family, excelling at his strengths in luscious emotive rollers.

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SV005 – Bryzone – Portal

Cat No: SV005
Release Date: 24/08/14

Marking our fifth release at Soulvent Records, Bryzone (Bryson) followed up ‘Trial Run’ with ‘Portal’. The West Yorkshire man certainly stepped up the levels, with some seriously sophisticated production.

‘Portal’ is a pulsating array of synth riffs and electro-tinged melodic hooks, with an urgent drum accompaniment beneath. Slightly melancholic but still packed with energy, this one will draw you in and pull you along for the ride.

‘Wonderlight’ makes up the B-side, and here Bryson presents a more tranquil and ethereal sound. Gently resonating solo notes on the intro are given added warmth, as a series of whirring chords move the melody along. This is a dreamy yet mesmerizing collection of sounds, and Bryson layers each element with technical prowess.

Another beautifully crafted couple of tracks from the Northern producer, and a superb display of his ever growing sound.

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SV004 – Pola – Sound Killa

Cat No: SV004
Release Date: 06/07/14

Our fourth release came from Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins, a co founder of Soulvent, and one third of the label’s personnel. His debut release ‘Sound Killa’ blends new and old influences well – mixing warm liquid tones with an old school beat. The well rounded roller features a well-known jungle sample alongside surging drum progressions and rave-style piano chords.

Meanwhile ‘Little Do I Know’ is quite the change of pace. Featuring vocals provided by none other than Pola himself, it also features label mate Bryzone (Bryson). A stirring and atmospheric track, Pola blends melancholic chords with a gritty live drum sound to deliver a fitting B side to a beautifully balanced single.

These are two sophisticated pieces of work from producer and Pola, who has gained a nod of approval from the likes of Etherwood and Logistics, and the release began paving the way for a blossoming production partnership between himself and Harry Bryson.

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