A Word with GLXY

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Liquid powerhouse GLXY sprang onto our radar back in 2015 with their Trinity single, and since then they’ve certainly had a productive 2 years! Doing the rounds of respected record labels, they’ve released on MTA, Spearhead, Limitless, Pilot & of course our own Soulvent. To celebrate the release of their new stunning 4-track EP titled Butterfly Effect, I had a chat with the boys to get the low down on what they’ve been up to!

LADS! You’re back! Where’ve you been?!

JC: We’ve been about! Our gig calendar has picked up nicely since we’ve joined Bassic and obviously working on plenty of new tunes in between busy schedules.

Tom: Yeah we’ve been super busy recently! Dropped a couple of singles over the last 10 months or so, but feels good to work with Soulvent again and put out something more substantial.

You’ve carved out your own sound over the last two years, what’s your proudest release to date?

JC: Cheers, always good to hear! Tough one, loved Astoria on Limitless, the Pilot single we did was a lot of fun, and of course this EP now. Probably this EP of all those as it’s our most mature sounding and most well rounded.

In terms of solo GLXY productions, gotta echo Jon on that one and say Astoria is probably my favourite track to date, close second for me would probably be Bloo on the EP with you guys – real soulful and organic vibes on that one, a sound which we haven’t done for a while. Collaboration wise, releasing Keep On with Redeyes and Tyler Daley on Lenzman’s TNQ imprint was an amazing project to be involved in.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

JC: Playing room 1 at Fabric back in May was definitely special. Liquicity Festival was also an absolute vibe!

Tom: The weekend in July with the Spearhead Boat Party b2b Liquicity Festival for me. Sun was out, witnessed some ridiculous sets across the weekend and met loads of amazing people – doesn’t get much better!

How did it feel getting to remix Sub Motion Orchestra?

JC: Still one of the career highlights so far for me, and still one of the best tracks we’ve worked on for sure! Hopefully won’t be the last time we get to work with Ruby’s vocals.

Tom: Surreal! Those guys make amazing music and their sound also complements drum and bass really well. So, having the opportunity to work on this remix felt really natural, but it was also a major stepping stone for us so early in our careers.

Favourite label at the moment?

JC: OBVIOUSLY SOULVENT – but apart from that I really like what these new self start labels have been putting out: Lenz with TNQ, Alix with 1985, Spectrasoul with Ish Chat etc. To be fair, it was always gonna happen with those guys being as good as they are.

Tom: For me, it’s an independent label based down on Brighton called Tru Thoughts. It’s not a drum and bass label, but they constantly put out incredible music which has definitely acted as an inspiration to me over the recent months.

What’s your favourite Soulvent release of all time?

JC: Pola & Bryson – Bad Habit

Tom: Arch Origin – Mesmerize


Love Box or Field Day?
Field Day line up was better this year.
Tom: Field Day for me too.

House or Techno?
Tom: Gabba

Pola or Bryson?
Bryson all day every day
Tom: Brola

Ketchup or Mustard?
Is that even a question? Ketchup.
Tom: Ketchup er’day.

Tupac or Biggie?
Biggie hands down
Tom: To be honest never listened to either – not my thing.

And finally… What can we expect from you over the second half of the year?

JC: A few more exciting gigs coming up including Spearhead at Egg and Hospitality In The Park.
Tom: Yeah lots of shows from September onwards! Apart from that just gonna keep the tunes rolling hopefully!

Thanks for your time boys! Written and edited by Joe Goss.

Artist Picks – Monika

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After the release of his debut single on Soulvent at the end of last month, we asked Maxwell Sweeney AKA Monika to deliver us his Artist Picks playlist. Keeping it fresh, the man himself delivered us 25 tracks covering a whole host of his inspirations and influences. You can also find his new single in there, so take a listen HERE!

SV032 – GLXY – Butterfly Effect EP



Released: 11/08/17

They’re back! Liquid powerhouse GLXY aka Jonathan Campbell and Tom Alston, have been making some serious waves in the DnB scene since their debut release with us in 2015. With impressive work on labels like Spearhead & Limitless as well as having featured on Hospital’s We Are 21 compilation at the start of the year, the duo are returning to Soulvent as if they never left – if a little older and wiser. The Butterfly Effect EP is a classic offering from the pair, showcasing their languid style of production in 3 original tracks, one of which sees an overdue collaboration with Hospital’s own Hugh Hardie & veteran wordsmith Visionobi. Not to forget a remix of last year’s Lonely featuring Belle Humble completes the duo’s record.

Butterfly Effect features friends & contemporaries in the form of mic controller Visionobi and Bristolian golden-boy Hugh Hardie – hot off the release of his debut album. Opening with tenuous, shimmering tones and hypnotising lyrics, the drop culminates in the trademark GLXY sound.

Cylindrical meanwhile kicks off with unsettled jazz tones, and meltingly wistful vocals, a classic melancholy tune from the 2. Bloo opens with a jaunty piano line, soon flanked by ever-so detuned violins. A flourish of strings coupled with a yearning, spacious vocal lead in the drop; a true to form orchestrally-soft, subtle synth roller.

Last up; veteran FD breathes new life into Lonely with his trademark rolling sound. Heavy hitting drums & eery screeches set Belle’s longing tones over a gritty sub bass and rattling drum groove.

If their Exposed EP was anything to go by, or maybe you’re just a sucker for soul-drenched liquid d&b, then make sure to grab the Butterfly Effect EP dropping on the 11th of August.

Big Logo Snapback

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They’re here! We’ve done a small run of Soulvent Logo hats with our main logo embroidered onto a black Beechfield Signature adjustable snapback. So head on over to our Bandcamp site, or click HERE and to buy one now for just £20! Limited stock.

Liquid Based Vol. 9 – Monika

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Breaking the 2-year silence, new boy Monika steps up to the plate delivering the 9th portion of the Liquid Based Mix series and he truly doesn’t disappoint! With a 43-min offering, littered with dubs, we reckon it’s certainly been worth the wait (pun definitely intended). Take a listen below, or over on our Mixcloud page.

Artist Intro – Monika

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After a slight break in his musical offerings, Monika – real name Maxwell Sweeney, has broken the silence with his debut release on Soulvent dropping last week, titled Vector. In light of this, we thought we’d have a cheeky interview with the man himself and see what he’s got to say! AND he’s delivered you a 43-min mix packed full of dubs to keep your ears busy whilst you read!

Hi Maxwell! What got you into drum & bass?

Maxwell: Initially, like a lot of people at school in the 2000s, it was artists like Pendulum, Sub Focus, Mampi Swift, and early Chase & Status. I remember my friends giving me Drum and Bass Arena sets and then listening to them on repeat. Tunes like Ebony Dubsters – The Power of Ra come to mind.

How did you start producing?

M: A little later on from the 2000s a close friend introduced me to another side to DnB that I’d never heard before. He showed me London Elektricity – Just One Second. I was astonished that there could be such beautiful artistry in a genre that I thought was reserved for grimy dance floors!

I became totally obssessed with Hospital for a while. My friend and I went to a Hospitality night at (now closed) Matter at the O2 in London. I became so inspired by the amazing vibes on the dance floor that the DJs were creating, and I wanted a part of it. Getting a laptop and a copy of Logic was the next step.

What’s your chosen software?

M: Logic Pro 9. I tried Logic X for a bit and I didn’t like it so I’m sticking to what I know best!
Maybe I’ll give it another go in the future but 9 delivers what I need.

Do you play any instruments?

M: I’ve played the piano for most of my life, and I recently learned some of the basics of the violin.

What’s the DnB scene like in New Zealand?
M: Sadly, I don’t really know! I moved over to live with my girlfriend and we’ve been living in a small town on the South Island where DnB is all but non-existent.
However, we have plans to move to Wellington within the next year. NZ’s capital has DnB in it’s veins, and I’m going to tap into it.

What’s your proudest release to date?

M: Without a doubt it was getting on the NewBlood 014 vinyl. I’d been a huge fan ever since the fantastic 010 album, which showcased early Enei, Synkro and Stray. It stands as a physical representation of my hard work and passion.

Which 3 label’s inspire you the most currently?

M: Samurai/HORO, Exit & Stones Throw.

Quick-fire round!

Dancefloor or Liquid?
M: Shiiiiiieeet………Liquid.

Fried, scrambled or poached?

M: Gimmie dem buttery scrambley eggs fam!

Noisia or Ivy Lab?
M: Ivy Lab.

Labour or Conservative?
M: Labour.

And finally…. what’s in store for Monika for this year?

M: – Moving to Wellington
– Future releases with my house alter-ego Jesse Bullitt
– Writing/pitching more choonz, innit!!

Thanks for your time Max!

Written & edited by Joe Goss.