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.
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.