There’s certainly no two ways about it, everyone in the UK loves the summer (even if a few of us do complain about being too hot!). So here at Soulvent, we thought we’d ring in everyone’s favourite season, with a scorching selection of tracks that will keep the mercury high. We’ve roped in new British talent from the likes of Luna, Changer, Primitive Instinct and Lurch – whilst keeping our international connections simmering, with offerings from Mountain, Reset Wrong, Soul Dimension and Monika.
This July, if you’re in search of a new Summer anthem, then look no further than our Summer Soul EP.
Following a busy 2017; featuring on the final Soul Sessions (Vol.3) and releasing on the likes of Influenza & Celsius recordings, Sam ‘Imba’ Hiscox is back at Soulvent with another solid two-track offering of liquid gold. The Bristolian has been steadily pioneering his own brand of notable rollers, fast becoming one of the staple aliases in the next generation of Liquid Drum and Bass producers.
Undone is full of spacey synths, twisted vocals and airy pads. Backed by a tight drum groove, the drop sees in a murky sub line flanked by revolving glitches of melody & sweeping dark reese basses.
On Absolution, Imba teams up with the Californian talents of Alexvnder – resulting in a sultry mix of styles. Wistful keys and thumping drums are the order of the day, alongside warming bass tones.
If you’re a fan of soulful rollers and surging baselines, look no further than this first-class feat dropping on the 29th of June.
The Las Vegas based brothers Blacklab return to Soulvent Records for their first outing since Soul Sessions Vol. 3, in the form of their debut single – Human Condition.
The title track opens with a warm, captivating tribal soundscape that builds imposing atmosphere and tension, before launching us into a long, boundless bassline hook – underlying their signature rolling drum beats. Soothing piano drifts on in a way that keeps us enlightened and upbeat throughout. You can almost hear the Nevada desert that inspires much of the Blacklab signature sound.
Passionfruit’s deep soulful bass and haunting female lead vocal bring back more of those tribal loops and pads, really showing us just why the US duo are so great at what they do.
If you’re keen on smooth, top-drawer liquid, then look no further than this soulful slice dropping on June 1st in all good stores.
In:Most return to Soulvent with their most garish and gully helping to date! Since starting their journey together back in 2013, the duo have bridged the Brisbane-Cambridge gap and now reside firmly in the UK. Fresh from their latest work – featuring on the latest Logistics album ‘Hologram’ – the Cambridge duo offer up this 2 track smasher, another strong reminder of the young duo’s talent, and the bright future ahead of them.
Thekla, nostalgically named after the famous floating club in Bristol’s Mud Docks, delivers in moody sub bass and menacing textures, a jungle inspired banger, perfect for those dark dance floors!
At Last is trademark In:Most: slow, soft atmospherics; full of measured, steady and longing vocals, and a weighty drum break to remind you – as if you needed reminding – what these two are all about.
Thekla will be available to buy and stream from the 4th of May in all good stores.
Young producers from Finland, Askel (Juho Kavasto) and Elere (Sainey Gibba) have absolutely smashed it out the park with their debut single. Having met only age 11, the two brought their musical creativity together and started producing on Fruity Loops in 2007: via their parents’ computers. From the small snowy town of Tampere, the pair of old friends deliver cleverly crafted liquid with a mastery akin to that of Med School legend Etherwood.
Last Leaves eases us in with warm, chiming bells and a general sense of calm. Plucks and pops of synth melt into ethereal vocals as growing percussion builds energy, into a cliff hanger drop that does anything but disappoint.
Polar Response, is a moody landscape of surging synths and suspense. The drop delivers their blend of progressive liquid and deep sub bass provides the foundation to a rolling melody, in a more drawn out fashion.
Hot off his debut EP, golden boy Monika delivers a new take on the title track with just a touch more oomph, demonstrating his clear knowledge and love of breaks. A track that’s as at home on dancefloors as it is in the headphones.
This budding young partnership drop their debut single on the 13th of April, and they assure us there is plenty more to come. We wait eagerly.
Ben Downton, or Low:r as he’s known to the D&B community, is a producer hailing from Horsham, in the South of England. While helping out at Such Music for about a year, the 28 year old has been steadily churning out releases; despite this alias only being a year old. He’s amassed releases on Soul Deep Digital, Terra Firma, Atmomatix Records, Such and LTJ Bukems very own RSTLSSNSS imprint. First releasing on last year’s Soul Sessions Vol. 3, it gives us pleasure to drop his first single on Soulvent.
Room 2 is a fine liquid roller. Jazz chords meld with soft pads, bowed strings and soulful vocals. Synth plucks meet clicking percussive beats, and a staunch bass line keeps the listener firmly in the room.
Back & Forth sees Ben team up with Germany based producer Surreal, after initially connecting through Such Music. The track starts off with an eerily quiet, soft build into menacing synth swells. Pulsing sweeps break into pops of percussion and sharp flecks of sub bass. High energy drums drop us flat into a dance-floor smasher.
If you’re the type to swap the overhyped main room for the smaller, more underground vibes of its counterpart – you definitely won’t want to miss Room 2, dropping on the 16th of March.
Maxwell Sweeney and his aural output descended on the Soulvent camp like a cool, fresh breath of Kiwi air. The once-Londoner swapped out the Brexit-based concrete jungle (pun intended) for the slightly quieter sights and sounds of port-town Timaru; not to mention the company of his lovely girlfriend, back in 2015. Having made an impression on us with his first few demos early last year, and then dropping Crystal Clear on our final Soul Sessions compilation last December, he’s found a special place in our ever-growing, liquid loving heart. So it brings us great pleasure to bring you his most substantial release in some time, the 4-track To The Light EP.
Beatnik opens with uncertain tonality and texture. A patois-tinged vocal sample ushers in his trademark energy: surging bass synth and rattling percussion.
Double Down matches it’s title, hoping to capitalise on it’s predecessors momentum – jungle snares lead us into an arpeggio driven, hypnotic groove. But the only way is up, as the respective synth and drum parts descend into more erratic and interesting patterns throughout the track.
Title track To The Light is more of a slow burner. One half of rising duo Princess Slayer’s intricate lyrics couple millennial turmoil with Max’s structured ideas.
Ending on a curve ball, Trash Talk effortlessly displays the 27 year old’s intricate understanding and affinity with all the genres that blend to make d&b the melting pot it is. An effortless hip-hop break sinks into jazz horns, seemingly random synth blips, and pulsating chords and drums.
If forward thinking, intelligently crafted beats at (mostly) 174 bpm is your bag – look no further than the To The Light EP.
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Here at Soulvent we’ve always been firmly into supporting fresh, upcoming talent from across the globe. Enter Kamiyama Shigeta from Osaka, Japan – more comfortably referred to as Mountain. Upon receiving a demo from him last year, the young Japanese producer put himself firmly on our radar. There is a sheer energy in his production, forming from vocal chops and breaks, charged with spacey synths and counter-point melodies.
Overheat opens with blaring synths giving way to a shamisen-like arpeggio over the kick build up. The drop sees in a perfect blend of sweeping pads, chunky sub bass and huge pitch-shifted vocals, culminating in a truly energetic track.
Poseidon on the flip opens with piano chords drenched in reverb, flanked by all manner of clicks, pops and hisses. Once again vocal chops are the order of the day, this time more frantically cut alongside a pulsing bassline and punchy drum break.
Dropping on the 16th of February and marking our first release of 2018, Mountain’s debut single is definitely one not to miss.