sv064: terror – twilight ft. jakes

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Following his Summer single Feels The Same last year, Tony “Terror” Friend returns to Soulvent with another offering that expertly shows his musical range while drawing from his aural heritage. This time Terror teams up with the Hench head honcho Jakes to deliver two contrasting numbers that will leave you in a realm of dreaminess.

Twilight opens with calming atmospherics before the familiar tones of Jakes’ unmistakable vocals help you get lost in the vibe. The uplifting synth notes build up to a very heavy drop that will take you by surprise. The synths punch through a hefty bassline that is forming to Terror’s familiar style.

Tiddler is a much more expansive sonic affair. The intro seems to build forever and before you know it, you are deep in the depths of the arpeggio. This B-side will have you drifting for miles. Light, intricate harmonics alongside detailed percussion provide the foundation for the dreamy soundscape on this one: out of body experiences are both to be expected and welcomed.

Available in all good stores and on all good streaming platforms on 14th February. This is not one to be missed.

svr podcast: episode 20 (hosted by lhr & mike drop)

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We return after a micro hiatus with the first episode of 2020 – Episode 20. After having a little break over Christmas, label boss LHR has a look back at 2019 (the milestone 5th Year for the label). Mike Drop knocks the Christmas rust off his mixing tekkers ahead of our return to Fabric and provides his favourite new stuff as well as some Soulvent back catalogue for good measure.

We hope you enjoy!

Tracklist:
Temam – The Sin
Technimatic – Long Way Down
Degs – Levitate Your Mind ft. Unglued
GLXY – Gingerbread
Enei – Get Closer ft. Charli Brix
KMotionz – Dusk
In:Most – Fade Out ft. Tempza and Walk:r
Pola & Bryson – Stolen Glances ft. Sammie Bella (Phaction Remix)
Edlan & Djah – Melancholy City
Rico Tubbs – Dawn of the Dead (Askel & Elere remix)
The Vanguard Project – Everyday is Stolen ft. DRS
Pola & Bryson – Whisper To Me ft. Sammie Bella (Telomic Remix)
Mutated Forms – Narcissist
In:Most – I Can’t Do
GLXY – Butterfly Effect ft. Visionobi & Hugh Hardie
In:Most – Softspoken ft. Charli Brix & Changing Faces (GLXY Remix)
Askel & Elere – Deluge
Mauro Piccotto – Lizard (Voltage Bootleg)
Workforce – Fragments
Pola & Bryson – Way Back ft. Siege MC

sv063: temam – the sin (out 24.01)

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As we kickstart our 6th year of business, we welcome Parisian producer and all-round nice guy Maxime Temam to the roster, with his debut single titled The Sin. Having started out with self releases on his own Studio Drum & Bass imprint, the 23-year old has also previously released on Overview Music, Fragmented Recordings and Impact Music. We are proud to present his first Soulvent offering with two bass laden bangers to ring in 2020.

The Sin features swelling, twisted, gnarling bass textures, matched by big rides and open hats which dominate the well thought out percussion. You barely get a moment’s rest in this high energy tune that is sure to conjure up some sinister reactions in a dance near you.

Winded starts with a rather unsuspecting intro. A barrage of hats, flanked by eerie pads, could lull you into thinking Winded is a sultry liquid roller. However, the distant, almost snake charming sample on the drop makes way for another strong and progressive bassline.

Dropping on the 24th of January in all good sets, stores and streaming services. End your well behaved January with “The Sin”.

sv062: winter soul 2019 VA EP (out now)

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With Winter looming large here in London, we aim to ease the coming cold, wet and unwelcome chill with the next instalment of our Season Soul compilation; back in full effect. We present to you 8 tracks, with some returning artists on the label like Monika, Conrad Subs and Luna, along with some fresh global talent to liven the pool.

New boy Noble’s opener, ‘Go’, is a think-break laden roller with bags of tropical percussion that will take you away from the dreary drudge of winter. The gritty sub bass ladened, ‘Cerebral Bore’, from Sao Paulo based producer Black Opps is low-down, deep & minimal.

Following on from his recent foray on Soulvent with his latest single, ‘Rocket Sprocket’, Monika gives us a sun-drenched, chord laden roller entitled ‘Freedom’, brimming with luscious pianos and big double bass plucks. Cologne-based producers Matt View, Marvel Cinema return to the label, teaming up with T:Base to deliver us a shimmering salvo, ‘Shining Sea’ and we also see the return of Conrad Subs, who recently featured on our 5 Years of Soulvent Records compilation album, with his heater of a track, aptly named ‘Bonfire’.

Long time fan, first time caller, Iklektix makes his Soulvent debut bringing through some additional soulful flavours with his track ‘So Real’ alongside Bert H and Elle Chante’s offering, ‘Flood Of Emotions’. To round things off, Luna returns to the Seasonal Soul series with his track ‘Bush Fire’, a nightmarish blend of distorted basslines and classic chopped breaks

Kick the cold into touch with our Winter Soul 2019 EP. Available to stream/download from 22nd November.

sv061: mountain – cold breath ep (out now)

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With recent releases on High Tea Music and InfluenzaMedia, now returning to Soulvent with a formidable 4 track EP, we gladly welcome back one of our most exciting producers: Shigeta Kamiyama AKA Mountain. Fresh from collaborating with another of Japan’s hottest drum & bass exports Makoto on his new album Tomodachi Sessions, Mountain firmly reminds us why his production is so enjoyable with his new EP, entitled Cold Breath. The producer’s playful approach to the genre is fully explored throughout the project, and was certainly worth the wait!

The opening acoustic guitar intro of Stillness brings a cathartic energy, later accompanied by subtle percussion and atmospheric sounds. The result is a chunky cacophony of high quality drum sections, warm synths and thrumming sub bass. This feel-good number is certain to bring smiles and energy on the dancefloor with its flute-like melody drop rounding out the track perfectly.

Title track Cold Breath releases its way into a tasteful, moving chord progression, where jazz-tinged piano gives way to Mountain’s satisfying sliced vocal cuts. The huge lead synth is backed by a Rustie-esque mix of drums and arpeggiated awesomeness, resulting in a seriously satisfying halftime groove.

Roar has a serene and warming intro that belies what is to come. Plucking synths and measured, twanging strings bubble nicely. The drop brings the familiar deep bursts of synth that we have seen on previous Mountain releases and catchy, high-end top line that seems to reach for miles.

Lastly, Supernova bursts into life with punchy drums and a relaxed organ melody. The 32-bar breakdown before the first drop takes you on a journey, culminating in an expansive drop that is littered with drawn out progression. Filled with glistening melodies, contrasted with a solid syncopated bassline, this track is sure to bring the twinkle to any ravers eye.

Available in all good stores on the 18th of October, we recommend you sample the dizzying heights of this latest offering from Mountain.

svr podcast: episode 17 (hosted by pola & mike drop)

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This month’s episode sees resident DJ Mike Drop return to the decks, with Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins on hosting duties. Jack gives you some of his memorable moments from recent shows, including: 5 Years of Soulvent – Manchester, Hospitality In The Park and Sun & Bass. Mike Drop brings some of his favourite tunes right now as well as some sklewsivz for your listening pleasure.

As always, we hope you enjoy!

Tracklist:
Monika – Rocket Sprocket
Mark Dinimal – Thinking Of You
Pola & Bryson – Running In The Dark ft. Ruth Royall
Low:r – Switchback
Dilemma – Anticlimax
Silence Groove – Moon That Never Sets
Bcee – Black Sky ft. Thomas Oliver (Lenzman Remix)
Makoto – Shine On Through ft. Mountain & Karina Ramage
Alexvnder – Holding You
Peshay & Sense – Tell Me
Lenzman – Pictures Of You ft. DRS
Combine – ID
London Elektricity – Song In The Key Of Knife (VIP)
Monika – Heaven ft. Askel & Critical Event
Hugh Hardie – Raindrops ft. Cimone
LQ – Show Me
Mountain – Supernova

sv060: monika – rocket sprocket (out now)

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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!

svr podcast: episode 16 (hosted by mike drop & paleblu)

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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!

Tracklist:
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)