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
Splashing onto the Soulvent scene with his debut single Howl back in March, Pete Jolliffe Thomas is back with a beefy offering of seriously diverse tunes. This 4-tracker shows off more of this relatively new producer’s range, with some impressive features to chuck even more weight behind these intelligently composed tunes.
London lad Pastry Maker punctuates Movie Scene with his hypnotic hook while the tune itself is a playground of snares, percussive pops and lurching low-end, resulting in a distinctly welcome jungle feel.
Next up, title track Dubplate Culture sees Leeds veteran Coppa share some pertinent thoughts surrounding test presses and their importance in the genre that we love so dearly. A polite reminder to all that sometimes you should let a dub remain a dub (and stop with the SoundCloud rips!).
Penultimate track Northern Shades levels out the EP with thundering kicks, glitchy percussion hits and a thumping bassline. Guttural, almost tribal vocals pre-empt the drop and rhythmic atmosphere patterns cleverly flank the chunky sub on offer.
Last up Obi Franky’s uplifting vocals throw Moving On into gear, sitting atop a warm foundation of piano and big risers. These huge vocals, matched with neck-snappingly crisp drums and a satisfying dose of bass, shows that Jolliffe can also unleash liquid inspired hand raisers when he so chooses.
Look out for this well rounded, 4 track slice of Dubplate Culture, available in all good stores on 28th June.
We want to say a huge thank you to Maxwell Monika for holding down the first 12 Episodes of the Soulvent Podcast with style, grace, and an interesting format. We’ve decided to try and switch up the show for the foreseeable future, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it for you. Mike Drop is on the buttons while Jack Pola handles the microphone with his usual panache and excitement. Get locked!
In:Most – Bonsai
GLXY – Bloo
Macca & Loz Contreras – Better World (Lenzman Remix)
Arch Origin – City By Night
Ivan Shopov & Avigeya – Eno Lyo (LQ Remix)
ID – ID
ALB – Drifting Away
Pola & Bryson – Dream Days
Satl – Bravehearts ft. Dan Stezo
Alix Perez x Monty – Good To Me
Hugh Hardie – City Soul ft. Silence Groove
ID – ID
Revaux – Northern Air
Dilemma – Limbo
#### – Doc001
AC13 – Light Years
Marking their fifth release on the imprint, the dynamic duo that is In:Most are back on Soulvent with another pair of bangers for your listening pleasure. Continuing to roll out their Jekyll & Hyde-esque couplings of late – this release showcases the ever-maturing sound of this Cambridge based duo. Bailey Greer and Josh Croft have been extra busy of late, reviving the famed Spoonfed d&b night at the Fez Club in their hometown, after a 5 year hiatus. We strongly recommend you get down to one of these shows in the coming months!
Bonsai further develops the sound the pair have been perfecting since tracks like Yesterday, Pieces and Crimson Eyes. Inviting pads and pianos ease us into a kinetic, fluid arpeggio which forms the backbone of the track. Frangible breaks coupled with tasty bass swells accentuate this driving track, while a syncopated take on the lead switches up the end of the track.
Fade Out features the vocals of Hybrid Minds’ go-to-mic-man Tempza, alongside Northern up-and-comer Walk:r, (who’s name should certainly be on your radar!). A spacey, ominous intro teases tear-out bass synths which don’t disappoint on the drop. Swelling, punctuated textures of low-end are interspersed with dynamic patterns of varying percussion and glitched-out fills. The second drop further fleshes out the theme, with unsettling samples underlining the track’s tech-driven foundations.
Available in all good stores from the 7th of June, don’t miss out on another accomplished offering from this exciting duo.
Next up on the 5 Years of Soulvent tour, we’re taking over The Arch in Brighton for a night of Soulvent-style drum & bass with our good pals Drum Safari.
You can catch the likes of Pola & Bryson, GLXY, In:Most, Dilemma, LHR (Soulvent Resident) & Side Effects – hosted by Deefa MC & HD MC. Meanwhile The Den will be hosted by the Too Ill crew.
£3 tickets are available right now – just hit the link below. See you on the 21st!
Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the twelfth episode of the Soulvent Records podcast, a monthly offering aiming to celebrate everything we love about our label, the drum & bass scene, and the wider world of music in general! This month’s guest is Canadian vocalist Anastasia.
Each month, Monika will ask a guest to provide him with a selection of their favourite drum & bass tracks, alongside a small set of inspiring selections from outside of the genre. The aim of this is to show how far and wide drum & bass gathers it’s influences, and how versatile the genre can be. From hip hop to techno, trance to trap: dnb by it’s very nature stands as a perfect environment to channel anything and everything into the 170bpm dance floor culture. Let Soulvent be your guide into the far reaches of drum & bass.
Dilemma – Limbo (2019)
Schematic & Tyr Kohout – Breakthrough ft. Anastasia (2019)
Stranjah – Test Tube (2016)
Mohican Sun – Defiance (2017)
A.Fruit – Music Lasts Forever (2019)
BOP – Lucid Dreaming ft. Elsa Esmeralda (2014)
360 joYnt – Magnetic Forces (2009)
John B – The 2nd Judgement (1997)
Buunshin – Clueless (2019)
Mefjus – Ringshifter (Culprate Remix) (2019)
Circuits – Euphoria Part 1 (2019)
Naibu – Float(2018) Manoeuvres LP
Portishead – Pedestal (1994)
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) – Respiration ft. Common (2002)
Liquid Stranger – Captain of Crunch(2010)
Tool – The Patient (2001)