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Every now and then record labels and artists find a beautiful harmony, managing to release the perfect body of work, at the right time for both parties. Here at Soulvent, Pola & Bryson’s seminal LP This Time Last Year was certainly no exception to this rule – if not proof of it. The 15-track masterpiece released last August had collaborators from both near and far, and allowed the pair to truly delve into their ever-emerging sound. From the sub-laden, face-slapping amen breaks of Devil to the hypnotic arpeggios of Stuck In A Memory and of course the shimmering vocoder of Diamonds Fall: the duo delivered a stunning piece of work that gained some fairly heavy praise from producer & label peers alike, no doubt showcasing their talents enough for another label to gain interest in them.
After signing to Shogun Audio in late 2016, Harry & Jack have been seriously busy, dropping their Find Your Way & Unsaid EPs on the imprint – and even finding time to remix a legend like Moby! To celebrate their successes, and give some of the scene’s hottest players a chance at cut, we decided to give This Time Last Year a last hurrah.
This Time Last Year: The Remixes drops on the 10th of October and is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
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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.
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Sometimes the best part of running a label, is the demos you receive. Ranging from all corners of the globe, tastes & sub-genres alike, at Soulvent we operate with a huge dependency on the on-a-whim punts that we receive from producers monthly.
Monika is truly such a story. After receiving 3 demos somewhat randomly from Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney himself a few months back, we were baffled at how we had ended up with the tracks. Did he send them to us? Who is he? However, now all finalised, we’re pleased to bring you these two tracks in the form of his debut single Vector on Soulvent.
Title track Vector opens with a classic breakbeat, engulfed in swirling atmosphere pads, pulsing synth swells and yearning vocals – all the while bubbling with a menacing arpeggio underfoot. Halfway through the build the synth’s intensity grows, and the slightly more sinister nature of the track takes hold. Post drop we’re introduced to meaty low-end, complete slick sub drops, more other-worldly vocal phrasing and innovative drum fills.
Meanwhile Bahn starts with a huge, warm synth swell, leading to a sub driven drum pattern. Modulating synths lurk in the intro, while the uncertainty of key keeps you hooked, caught between spaced resonance and droning tones. The drop culminates in a fully unexpected gully drop, complete with driving percussion and stepping tones of rumbling bass supported by pads.
Set for release this June, Monika kicks off our run off Summer releases, with enthusiasm and panache for the genre, the likes of which always excite us!
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As we hit our 30th release, what better way to celebrate than bringing you some fresh music from a brand new producer on the roster! Enter: Slovakian-born, female producer Changing Faces, also known as Ema Vaskova. Having caused nothing short of a fast-paced storm over the past 6 months in Prague, filling in for the likes of BCee at Let It Roll, this UKF-tipped producer boasts releases on labels like Celsius, Pilot & more.
First up, Talk To You starts with a pulsing, textured synth, easing in a filtered string-sample, and another classic, old-school hiphop feel. Guitars dripping with wah-wah effects, effortlessly pair with soaring strings, culminating in a super-catchy topline over rolling bass and snappy drums.
Flip-side Nothing At All bursts into a head-bopping halftime hip hop break, teeming with energy. Restrained synths pump with the drums, giving way to a shimmery arpeggio as the synths slowly open out. Hitting hard with some warm sub runs, the drums break out into that of a classic liquid roller. Half way through the drop, a more distorted bassline provides the meat the track’s begging for. If you’ve been paying attention to anything our young heroine’s been up-to in the past few months, you’ll definitely be listening.
Set to close our string of Spring releases, you can grab this single on the 26th of May!
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Taking us through into April come 2 brothers – Joe & Ru Brooks whom together form Revaux. The Leeds based pair have been making a slow rise in the scene over the past 2 years. With recent releases on labels like Lifestyle, Terabyte and Saucy Music – they now offer up their debut on Soulvent.
Northern Air kicks off with soft pads, balanced by a tight drum break and soft interspersed vocals. This jazz-tinged liquid offering matches it’s title, with it’s cool refreshing tone and subtle structure. The second half of the drop gives way to a meatier bassline, offset with twinkling pianos and shimmering synth plucks.
On the flip the duo team up with Azlan for Sinner, an equally paced track. Airy pads lead in chilled piano alongside a soulful vocal, with occasional warming bass sweeps.
Out on the 24th of April, this release is one to welcome in Spring with with showers of soul.
In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with Revaux, check out their bootleg of Mungo Hifi’s ‘Did You Really Know’ available for free download HERE!
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Catapulting themselves into 2017, young production pair In:Most are making waves across the Drum & Bass scene. Based on opposite sides of the globe, Josh Croft (Cambridge) & Bailey Greer (Brisbane) are living proof that music knows no bounds. Having worked together since early 2012, yet only announcing it officially in 2015, the duo are pushing out some solid material. Namely their ‘Cloudfish EP’ out on Silent Audio, and the ‘Pictures In My Mind EP’ on Goldfat. Fresh from collaborating with the likes of Logistics on ‘Sheung Wan’, the pair now offer up , a 3-track slice of soul on our own young Soulvent Records imprint.
Opener ‘I Know’ eases in smooth pianos shaded with atmospheric padding, flanked by rhythmic clicks and sweeps. All backed up with a beefy drum break and a churning bassline, this sort of silky-smooth roller is fast becoming In:Most’s calling card.
’Changes’ kicks off with a purely positive, jazz-tinged energy. We’re talking feel-good sparkles, pizzicato strings and glossy toplines. Coupled with a screw-face bass and innovative vocal chops, it’s a prime example of their nostalgic yet forward-thinking sound.
To round off the cut, their ’I Can’t Do VIP’ runs a more than welcome half-time reimagining of the original from last years’ Soul Sessions Vol. 2. With its playful, plucky arpeggiated synth, lustrously soft pads and rumbling, warm low-end, there’s more than an enough to reinvigorate the original release: our first offering from the duo, not even half a year old!
With an impressive string of releases in only 5 months, these are two producers who show no signs of slowing down over the course of the year.
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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.
As we stumble into October, wondering where the hell 2016 went exactly, the unmistakeable chill of English weather returns to London’s air, and drops all of our moods somewhat. Fortunately, Bristol-based Imba is dropping more than temperatures, with his debut single ‘Ravana/From Within’ set to light up the dance-floor this coming winter. Having made quite the impression with his track ‘Persistence featuring Leah Costello’ – the Liquifyah crew member has delivered 2 solid tracks in this release.
‘Ravana’ captures the essence of this seasonal change, with chilling ethereal vocals, tonal percussion and menacing textures giving body the warming, rattling bassline. ’From Within’ meanwhile is more suitable of cold winters morning. Cold melodic tones usher in cooling pads, letting a warm sub bass take point under a drum break with an undeniably old school flavour.
This pair of solid rollers is sure to bring Imba to the forefront of the newcomers breaking out into the scene this year.