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!
All good things must come to an end, and sadly the Soul Sessions compilation series is one of them. Our first foray into the world of various artist’ compilations began back in 2015, only 4 months after Pola & Bryson joined forces to become the powerhouse duo they are today. We matched our usual roster of English artists with a flourish of new foreign talent and were pleasantly surprised. 2016 saw us repeat the pattern without a hitch. Whilst the clocks have gone back and our evenings are darker, we thought we’d try and brighten the mood with the final instalment of the Soul Sessions series!
Newcomer ALB sets the soulful tone effortlessly with Drifting Away, a sultry vocal roller – while Low:R’s palpitatingly hypnotic Freeze is a certified head nodder. York’s own Aperio lifts the mood with the warming Life With You, where Bristol-head Imba keeps it moving with tech driven breaks of Running. New golden boys In:Most, hot off their Over The Shoulder EP have teamed up with Changing Faces and the gorgeous Charli Brix on Soft Spoken for a 4-way collaboration.
International talent returns too with Blacklab, Mountain, LQ and Criteria respectively representing for USA, Japan, Bulgaria and Italy! If you’re an older fan of the label then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Arch Orgin’s VIP of his debut Mesmerise. However newer fans will be pleased to see the re-release of 15 classic Soulvent back catalogue tracks: perfect heat for the coming Winter months.
As 2017 draws to a close, and we all reflect on the year, Soul Sessions Volume 3 is surely the perfect soundtrack for any forward-thinking drum & bass fan.
In this current age of digital music, the ‘bedroom producer’ is far from an unfamiliar term. Artists who wouldn’t have had a voice prior to the internet can now grace us with their music. Josh Croft & Bailey Greer – hailing from opposite sides of the globe – met for the first time face to face, minutes before for their set at Hospitality In The Park this year. However for the past two years the pair have been overcoming time zones, defeating Skype delay and melding their sounds to become one of the most exciting duos to grace the ever-growing D&B scene. Receiving strong response to their Changes single (SV028) earlier this year, we’ve brought the boys back for an EP which doesn’t disappoint!
The record begins with title track ’Yesterday’ building slowly into a breezy feel-good rhythm, complete with shimmering ascending synth clicks & plucks alongside a warm sub bass. Lyria’s vocals soar above the tracks simple yet effective composition. Next up is ‘Over The Shoulder’, which meanwhile showcases some darker tones, with an old school jungle break harking back to the early 90s sound of the scene – the song title in suit, suggesting that the duo are keen to stay in touch with the origins of the genre.
‘Her’ opens with soft, calming jazz melodies and a gorgeous guitar riff, later introducing an almost vocoder-like tone. This 6-string swing is effortlessly matched by a double bass pattern that smacks of older d&b – another homage to the good old days. And rounding off the EP, ‘Open Eye Storm’ kicks into a strong break-beat, cased in rumbly pulsating synths and horns. Soft, airy vocals intersperse the chords, with counter-point synths and pianos galore – culminating in a classic In:Most roller.
Now becoming a firm staple in our roster for 2017 and beyond, this English-Australian hybrid deliver a solid EP displaying their versatility as a duo. Don’t forget to grab a copy of Yesterday – dropping on the 10th of November.
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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!