a word with dilemma

Hailing from Brighton, Dilemma AKA Piper Hewitt-Dudding has been creeping further into the collective consciousness of D&B for a couple of years. One of a few female producers who are steadily righting the wrong of male-dominance in the scene, her music spans the genre with an effortless that is sure to continue putting her onto the radars of all the right people.

A release on Drum and Bass Arena, a follow-up on Skankandbass and now a single right here on Soulvent. Chemical Love and With You make-up her forthcoming single, a spacious two-tracker that fits right in with the easily recognisable Soulvent sound as well as our penchant for breaking new producers. Since she’s still very much an unknown quantity, we wanted to give you guys the chance to find out a bit more about the Brightonian with the blue hair.

How did you get into producing?

There is one track called Melodica by Stimming, a really minimal sort of house tune, really cool. I remember listening to it when I was 16-17 and being like ‘I want to produce that, I want to make that music’. There was just nothing to it but at the same time loads to it and it just really inspired me, so yeah, it took me a few years to actually start producing but it was that tune which got me into it.

I’d already been into music and had known most of my life that I wanted to make music, but I didn’t really know what kind. I loved Radiohead, 9 Inch Nails and all these bands, but I didn’t want to make that sort of music or be in a band, so after I discovered Melodica I was like ‘he made that all by himself’. Then I discovered D&B and it all went downhill from there.

What are some other of the early influences that inspired you?

I don’t know how much I’m willing to admit this, but I was really into deadmau5 and his early stuff, he was really good, then I was into Hospital and heard Second Sun by Calibre for the first time on their podcast. I got into Calibre and from there further into the deeper, minimal stuff.

What is it about D&B that draws you into producing it?

It’s just so eclectic, D&B is so wide, I almost see it as a template. Because all it needs to be is that type of drum beat, that sort of tempo and bass heavy, so you can just throw anything at it and you end up making all these crazy sounds and crazy styles and stuff. So that’s what draws me to it because I love so many different types of music, in fact I try not to listen to D&B on a daily basis and listen to as wide a range of music as I can. I can take every single one of those genres and throw it at D&B, so that’s why I like it more compared to any other type of genre, you can just do absolutely loads with it.

That’s really interesting. No one has ever said that before and it’s true, within the framework of the rhythm and beat signature you can go nuts with loads of combinations.

So like, for Aim Low on DnBA last year, I sampled a grunge band. Snazzball was like a jazz sample, but I’ve got a few releases coming up and in one of them I sampled Rockabilly, and that’s what I love about D&B – you can get inspired by so many different things. Yeah, you’re limited in some aspects but definitely not in others.

How would you describe your sound?

That’s a tough question. I know I’m definitely inspired by early 2000s liquid, that rough, lo-fi sound – I absolutely love that. I’ll send a tune out to my friends and they’ll tell me to tighten up the drums, but I like how crap they are! Back then the production quality wasn’t quite as high as it is now, but I love that old school sound, the roughness of it, so there’s definitely that aspect of what I’m doing.
But yeah, how I put random genres into a D&B context is something that people seem to like about me, obviously everyone does that but as I said, I do it with genres that really are the polar opposite of D&B. I think melodically I can be quite out there, in that sense.
I’m not really limiting myself at the moment. Obviously, I end up making liquid quite a lot of the time, but I don’t see myself as having, and I know a lot of producers think this about themselves, but I feel like I’ve got quite a wide range of approaches to it, I never know where it’s going to end up when you sample something that most people don’t sample. Musically I end up with some interesting things, not necessarily always good.

Do you think your upcoming single is representative of your sound?

No, I wouldn’t say it’s representative of the range of my sound, they’re both quite liquidy and I have been known to make other things. But I think it represents me musically and my musical tastes in terms of the melodies and stuff, so in one sense no, another sense yes.
Does that make sense?

Sort of…tell me about your upcoming Soulvent single. What was it like to make?

Chemical Love is the one that’s inspired by the Rockabilly tune, I sampled my friend’s really crappy recording on soundcloud and you can hear it in the track, it’s not the hook but there’s sounds in there from that Rockabilly tune, so that’s how that one started off.

With You, I think that one came from playing around with Massive, it’s the first time I’ve made a nice sounding, wobbly bassline, so I built it around that. It’s also the first track I’ve released which has me singing in it, the vocal in that is me and it’s more of a sample than a full-blown verse, so that’s going to be interesting.

Where they fun to make?

Yeah, really fun, I think Chemical love especially was really cool just because I was like ‘this has come from Rockabilly…how can I turn this into a D&B tune’. So, trying to overcome that challenge was really cool because it’s just not something you’d ordinarily find in a D&B tune.

Do you have a favourite?

Yeah, I think for a similar reason it’d be Chemical Love. I love the other one as well, I wouldn’t be releasing it if I didn’t and I do think it’s a fun tune, but Chemical Love is close to my heart.

Talk to me about some of your favourite releases from the past.

Ooh. I really like Binary from the Skankandbass release, everyone else loves Circumspect because it’s the heavy one plus it got onto Radio 1 so in theory that should be my favourite, but I do love Binary. Aim Low as well, I think bar Circumspect that’s the angriest tune I’ve ever made, it always puts me in a good mood, it’s very cathartic.

Tell me about some of your favourite Soulvent releases, not from yourself.

The Pola & Bryson album, that was the first time I really discovered Soulvent and that was really good. Small Talk by GLXY is one of my favourites and I like Monika’s stuff a lot. I also like Low:r, Room 2 is wicked. So those are my favourites I’d say.

What are some of your favourite D&B releases of all time?

Still Ain’t Changed by Random Movement, I remember when I found that I was just absolutely jamming out, I had the promo clip on Soundcloud on repeat for like 4 days. This year, the Charli Brix tune on the Klax EP is one of my favourites and then Second Sun by Calibre just because it was the first tune by him I heard. Lurch is also killing it at the moment: Body Language, Weather Change, Rude Boys, Guilt Trip. He has so much musicality to his productions because he plays piano and stuff, he’s definitely one of my favourite producers.

So, what does a dream 2019 look like for you?

I’d like to release from Spearhead, I think that’d be amazing, and it’s unlikely but play Sun and Bass. I don’t plan on being tied down to one particular label, so there’s a few that I woudld’t mind releasing on, Integral would be another one.

I’d also just like to collaborate with more people. I’m definitely collaborating with Random Movement on a release, and he’s one of my favourite producers of all time, so it’s crazy to be working with him. Klax and Bcee both expressed an interest in collaborating but those haven’t happened yet, so just finishing collaborations would be another goal for 2019.
But yeah, Spearheand and Sun and Bass. Those would make my 2019.

Dilemma’s debut single Chemical Love is available to pre-order now (click the buy button below) and drops on Soulvent Records on the 5th of October in all good online stores.

Words by Ben Hunter.

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svr podcast: episode 001 (hosted by Monika)

Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the first 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!

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.

Here it is! The first instalment of the Soulvent Records podcast, 40 mins of luscious dnb brought to you by our esteemed friend, Maxwell Monika. #soulventpodcast

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pola & bryson and friends (saturday, july 7th 2018)

Shogun Audio, Soulvent Records and Weird Science come together to present a night with revelatory D&B duo Pola & Bryson on Saturday 7th July, joined by a very special lineup of their closest peers within the scene.

Line Up:
Nu:Tone
Pola & Bryson (Extended 2hr set)
Ed:it
Whiney b2b ANILE
Data 3
In:Most

Special Guest TBA

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Venue Address:
The Pickle Factory
13-14 The Oval
London
E2 9DU
Saturday 7th Jul 2018
22:00 – 05:00

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4th Birthday Party!

So we’ve entered our fourth year of Soulvent Records, and boy has time flown. Soulvent was started with the intention of creating a digital music outlet where talented friends and peers could showcase their music.

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From a few pints between 3 of us at a secret Brick Lane boozer back in late 2013, our imprint is growing into its own entity and it’s truly exciting. It’s such a pleasure for us all to watch hard work and mutual respect pay off, within a scene built on a true love for music.

4 years later and we’re still here, growing stronger every day! We’ve dropped 36 releases (that’s 149 tracks) from 82 producers, vocalists and remixers, spanning 14 countries. We’re still blown away by the support we receive from fans and friends.

So to celebrate our birthday in true fashion, we’ve hand picked some of our favourite players in the game, old and new friends alike, to shell down North London’s grittiest, sweatiest venue and we welcome you all to join us for the party!

Tickets are only available on the night at the door at this limited capacity venue for 5 pounds and once they’re gone, they really are gone – so make sure you get down early for this.

Lineup to be announced over the coming weeks so stay tuned! Thanks for all the love!

The Soulvent Team!

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January Sales!

Well we’re definitely knee deep in Winter! Short days and blistering cold: not the one. So to brighten your mood, we’ve put on a little January sale. You can get 20% off our Navy Logo & Spraycan T Shirts and our Snapback hats or 15% off the original Black Logo T Shirt, for the rest of January! Happy Shopping!

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SV036 – Soulvent Records: 2017

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Released: 25/12/17

2017 was a great year for Soulvent. We watched our friends Pola & Bryson and GLXY head for greener pastures over at Shogun Audio, and we found new blood to strengthen the ranks and keep our story evolving.

Our good friend and all round nice bloke Arch Origin dropped his 6-track Value Shift EP to kick the year off with a dose of Dutch liquid loveliness. International talent meanwhile came in the form of New Zealand’s own Monika, and as far afield as Mountain – all the way from Japan. Not to mention half Australian/half British duo In:Most who dropped their debut EP entitled Over The Shoulder. And we finally had our long overdue first female release, from Slovakia’s own Changing Faces.

We also dropped some heavy remixes from heavy hitters like FD, Benny L and even the legend that is S.P.Y. So we’ve condensed such a busy year into one handy album, so you can listen through last years best bits!

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Soulvent Records 3rd Birthday Party!

After a massive 3 years, particularly 2016, we thought it was only right to keep it local & celebrate our birthday at the Red Lion Ballroom in Leytonstone. Come and party with us on the 3rd March. Drink, dance & vibes into the early hours.

8PM – 1.30AM
21+ BRING ID
FREE ENTRY (tag your names on the wall to join limited guestlist)

Special Guest (TBA) b2b Pola & Bryson
GLXY
Data 3
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SV027 – Arch Origin – Value Shift EP [OUT NOW!]

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Our first release of 2017 sees the welcome return of Soulvent faithful and long time friend, Daniel Van Mourik – better known as Arch Origin. Dan caught our attention over the past few years with tracks like City By Night and Mesmerize, and it’s clear to see the producers’ progression; as he landed his first release on the legendary d&b imprint Hospital Records last year. His Value Shift EP is a 6-track journey through his ever-emerging sound, as well as encapsulating some important social observations for the millennial generation. This varied offering should surely satiate any budding drum and bass fan, who’s been waiting for an Arch Origin release!

First up, ‘Dusty’ opens with a smooth, sultry half time drum groove. Warm subtle chords and swells are paired with a classic-sounding MC over the top. Wasting no time, it drops straight into rumbling sub bass and a solid drum break, with various counterpoint synth lines draping the track. Overall, there is something truly nostalgic to this track – despite all being freshly combined elements. ‘Escapism ft. Anna-Eva’ saw it’s first release on last years Soul Sessions Vol. 2, however Anna-Eva’s vocals breathe fresh life into this crisp liquid roller. Her longing, soulful phrases couple effortlessly with the warm synth and strings. Meanwhile ‘Urban Periphery’ opens with sparse, clicking percussion, and an ethereal vocal sample – with a drum fill giving way to this deep, techy roller. At the half-way mark ‘Recluse ft. Mr. Porter’ kicks off with melancholic, airy tones – perfectly matched by Mr. Porter’s wistful, hauntingly processed vocals. Varied percussion…‘Empyrean’ serves as a soothing interlude between tracks, with its bubbling synths, and gritty half-tempo edge – as well as a welcome aural change in the EP format of the genre. Title track ’Value Shift’ sees a dreamy pad open to driving percussion, whilst a sampled speech talks to us about values, an interesting theme in this day and age!

Having played our stage at the first ever Hospitality In The Park festival last year, as well as closing off 2016 with a set at the Liquicity Winterfestival – 2017 sure looks to be a promising year for the young Dutch talent. Daniel’s production is often laden with nostalgia, wether intentional or not, it seems to always leave you with the feeling that you’ve heard it somewhere before. With that said, we’re sure the EP will resonate in the hearts and clubs of the scene for months to come.

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