SV019 – Shiny Radio – Panda’s Anthem

Cat No: SV019
Release Date: 07/03/2016

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Enter 27-year-old Ilya Solonikov, AKA, Shiny Radio. One of the founders of the Panda crew, Ilya has been producing for a few years. Having tried his hand at hip hop and downtempo music from the age of 21, he settled into the warm embrace of 170 bpm at around age 24. Since then, he has had releases on Celsius Recordings, Influenza Media, Silent Audio, Outertone and Soul Deep.

For those unaware, ‘Panda’ are a crew who’ve been present in the drum and bass community in Russia for the past 12 years – putting on parties and events in their hometown of Izhevsk. Over time these club nights have seen some esteemed guests such as Goldie, John B, Lenzman and Brookes Brothers to name but a few.

His debut release on Soulvent is out on the 7th March, comes in the form of ‘Panda’s Anthem’ and ‘Hug’. In these 2 tracks Ilya manages to showcase an element of liquid which the scene seems to have been somewhat missing for a while: a penchant for a fun and feel-good sound, free from the clique-driven movements of most niche dance genres. ‘Panda’s Anthem’ opens with a gritty drum break, and some interesting melodic samples. The build up sees the introduction of jazzy female vocals, while the drop seems to take us by surprise with thick sub basses intercut with counterpoint string melodies.

‘Hug’ meanwhile opens with a happy guitar lick, and atmospheric percussion opening out into a fanfare of trumpets backed by smooth piano chords. The drop however introduces a nice distorted squelch of bass to break up the happy-go-lucky vibe of the track.

Ultimately, Ilya’s debut release with the label delivers two solid tracks, and
strengthens our ever expanding roster of international artists.

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SV018 – GLXY – Exposed EP

Cat No: SV018
Release Date: 08/02/2016

Jonathan Campbell and Tom Alston, aka GLXY, are back! Fresh from releasing on MTA Records the two return to Soulvent with a stunning 4 track EP. The London based team deliver a solid collection of rollers, giving a true insight into the slick and refined bass sound they’ve orchestrated in the short time they’ve been producing.

‘Introspective’ is an understated opener to the EP. A minimal, somewhat haunting start leads us into the spooky repetitive female vocal, almost robotic in tone, prior to a dose of a rib-rattling sub bass. Atmospheric swells and bass twangs keep us rolling along, while the boys’ less than safe bass work keeps our attention. The title track, ’Exposed’, kicks off with a minimal drum lick, opening out into a dark relief – a somewhat ravey pad, tinged with guttural low-pitched vocal chops and sub stabs. The drop sees a truly low-down roller come to life, minimal in its composition yet never boring. The second drop sees further bass exploration, with various rhythmic components keeping our attention.

‘Lonely’ features esteemed singer Belle Humble and opens with an enveloping sense of calm, as soothing vocals blend perfectly with reserved piano chords. The haunting rhythm and tone introduce restless counter melodies crescendoing to a raw, bass driven, chest-thumping drop. The pair effortlessly structure each interesting component part of the track, balancing hypnotic vocals against sprawling synths. Last track up ‘Marquis’ sees the London pair collaborate with Fokuz veteran, Malaky. The intro offers up a calmer side to this 4-track release, resulting in a solid drum groove, giving way to airy soft pads and a cutting synthetic vocal. The drop promises more trademark bass work, with solid synth and composition.

All in all, this stellar 4 track EP sees the duo return to Soulvent in true GLXY style.

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Soulvent Records 2nd Birthday Party!

It’s that time of year again! Somewhat hard to believe, but it’s the Soulvent Records 2nd Birthday already! After forming in early 2014, we’re now over 15 releases in, we’ve worked with artists from all over Europe & beyond, and have gained support from some of the most influential names in the business.

We’re proud to be a part of an ever growing Drum & Bass scene and can’t wait to celebrate our journey so far with all of our friends and family (THAT’S YOU!) at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park on Thursday 18th Feb. Expect the usual Soulvent suspects; Pola & Bryson, GLXY, Data 3 & other special guests to be rolling out the bangers!

JOIN HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/436119776558456/

9PM – 3AM
FREE BEFORE 10PM
FREE GUEST LIST – Tag your name on event wall!
£5 OTD

The Silver Bullet
5 Station Place
London N4 2DH

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SV017 – The Remix EP

Cat No: SV017
Release Date: 14/12/15

After 2 solo releases respectively on Soulvent last year, Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins and Harry Bryson decided to team up. Back in April the pair released their first EP as a duo, simply entitled ‘The Music’. This understated 4 track release has received an impressive response, with support from Rinse FM, Mistajam, Technimatic, London Elektricity, SPY, Etherwood, Fred V and Grafix… The list goes on. We therefore decided to let the rest of the Soulvent camp fight tooth and nail over the stems. The outcome results in remixes from Phaction, GLXY, Arch Origin and T & Sugah.

GLXY return to apply their trademark sound to ‘The Music’. Cleverly sampling portions of the original track, they totally re-imagine it’s liquid roller beginnings, turning it into a veritable bass playground.

Phaction meanwhile injects Bristolian flavour into ‘Stolen Glances’ ft. Sammi Bella with soft pads, a seriously jazzy piano lick and crisp drum pattern. Tipping it’s cap to the original, this softer remix shows Phaction’s composure as a producer and a welcome first foray on Soulvent.

Daniel Van Mourik AKA Arch Origin turns his hand to ‘Bad Habit’. With some ‘Take Me Away’-esque bassline work and tight drum grooves he turns up a win with this remix.

Finally T & Sugah round off the 4 track with their take on ‘Walk Away’. The intro sees rhythmic plucky synths building energy, making way for the pitched down original vocal & a massive dance floor filler of a drop!

The Remix EP proves to be as much of a package deal as Pola & Bryson’s original offering. Breathing new life into an already fresh release – All of us at Soulvent Records are proud to present The Remix EP.

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Pola & Bryson – The Remix EP

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Retronics – This Will Come

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SV016 – Retronics – This Will Come

Cat No: SV016
Release Date: 02/11/15

This super fresh release comes in the form of Retronics, the new alias of Hungarian-born Dan ‘Inward Phase’. ’This Will Come’ marks his first release under his new alias and with Soulvent.

‘This Will Come’ opens with an uplifting atmospheric intro and sombre vocals. The swelling bass indicates where you’re headed as a robotic catchy melody and large drum build drop into a huge bass driven roller.

‘Even If’ starts with a slow build, supported by a heavy bassline. Crisp drums kick in and lead you into a subtle pre-drop roll only to leave you struggling for breath as the tune drops with full force. Retronics approaches his production with a measured ear, cleverly blurring the lines between sub-genres and making this release a must have for any DJ, fan or Drum and Bass listener.

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SV015 – Dualistic – Brave

Cat No: SV015
Release Date: 28/09/15

Andreas Ort, otherwise known as Dualistic, came to our attention through some solid uploads recently supported by Liquicity. Having fired over these two epic tracks a few a months ago, we had no choice but to share them with you!

Originally from Germany, Andreas is now based in the Netherlands and has knocked up two massive tunes; ‘Brave’ featuring Ayve and teamed up with Zazu for ‘Beauty’.

‘Brave’ kicks off with Andreas’ signature uplifting melodic textures and a glitchy build-up to give way to a deep rumbling bass and punchy drum lick. Ayve’s haunting emotive tones sit perfectly atop this summer roller. Working with Leiden-based neighbour Zazu for the A/B side, the pair deliver a solid minimal roller in Beauty. Opening with a reserved half-time intro, the track builds slowly into a cliff-hanging drop which doesn’t disappoint. A swelling bassline blends with a solid amen break, soaring pads dressing the high end and a spacey yet simple descending melody to top it all off.

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