Our next single comes from Terror, the brand new moniker of Tony Friend. No stranger to the global music scene – Tony is best known for previously being one half of North London dubstep duo Modestep. After experimenting in the realms of 140 and touring the world with various bands, we proudly present Tony’s first foray into the world of drum & bass. He will also be following up this release with his debut set at our 5 Years of Soulvent takeover in Manchester in collaboration with Kodiak Productions on 20th September.
Feels The Same combines full-bodied, melodic keys with soul-striking vocals courtesy of Obi Franky, returning with more of the same sultry goodness as previously displayed on Jolliffe’s Dubplate Culture EP. The track’s uplifting, transcendental synths are matched with warm sub bass, and will be sure to see your Summer out in the best way possible.
Our Way features tight drum sonics and heartfelt piano sections, complemented by the smooth vocals of Florence Rawlings. Rawlings, a professional jazz singer, who has previously performed at the Stuttgart Jazz open also dives head first into the world of drum & bass, with an accomplished topline to form the B-side into a classic liquid hand-raiser.
The release also contains instrumental versions of both tracks. Available in all good stores from 30th August, this is certainly not a debut release to sleep on.
Juho Kavasto and Sainey Gibba, better known as Askel & Elere, slid into the Soulvent soundscape way back in April last year with their gloriously slick single Last Leaves. The pair then followed up their debut with Once, featured on February’s 5 Years of Soulvent album. We welcome their unique sound back onto one of East London’s finest independent imprints, with a jazz infused masterclass in Finnish DnB.
Coincidences launches into gear with a rising synth and bounding bongos, which break into a luscious Rhodes. The drop sees in a chunky, pulsating synth bass and the second brings a quirky, syncopated counter-point melody that works in-step with the chords effortlessly.
Chest-plate kicks and stifling snares bring in the sweeping pads of Deluge, which collide with the trickling twinkles of piano and warm, guttural bass. The subtle strings after the second drop round out Deluge’s progression nicely. This track really shows off the duos’ understanding of space in composition.
Until She Turns Her Back begins with a simpler approach, and will straight up have you reaching for your double bass air-plucks in the dance. This bad boy bassline takes centre stage, underpinned by a straightforward rolling break, while the seemingly random keys solo in the breakdown simply ooze class.
Last up, title-track Yeah Alright closes out the EP in foreboding fashion. With creepy vocal samples reminiscent of Portal & Half Life, and big lurching subs, this one is a certified head-nodder.
The Yeah Alright EP will be available in all good digital stores from the 9th of August, and we reckon it’s just what your Summer was missing.
In the world of drum & bass, the humble MC is so often overlooked. So when our good friend & resident Jaye ‘Siege MC’ Balmer told us that he was keen to do a solo EP on the imprint, we simply couldn’t resist. The Bristolian wordsmith has assembled a glittering selection of producers and fellow unsung heroes to grace his first 4-track project, which we’re hugely excited to home.
Intentions ft. Jessie Bowden (produced by Echo B aka Colby Brown) starts off the EP with incredibly crisp, high energy drums and a deceptively catchy hook laying the foundation for some of Siege’s best writing yet. The title track gives us an insight into the trials and tribulations of a drum & bass MC.
Heathens ft. Visionobi (produced by Curricula) sees Siege join forces with the Rogue Jedi, Visionobi, to let their souls’ vent some deep and thought-provoking verses that meander through the eerie atmospherics and haunting vocal samples laid down by lesser known UK born, NZ based producer Curricula.
Champagne & Battle Scars ft. MC Fava (produced by Hiraeth) more of liquid DnB’s household names feature here to provide some sun drenched, feel-good vibes that will certainly get some air time at festivals. MC Fava complements Siege brilliantly, reminding us whatever life brings us, drum & bass can heal even the deepest wounds.
Overdue (produced by Hiraeth) has a title befitting the release of a 4 track EP from Siege MC. Rounding out the EP with a silky liquid roller, Siege invites us to settle down to his approach on living the music lifestyle over a dreamy, piano laden tune produced by up and coming producer Hiraeth.
Get your hands on some sublimely scribed stanzas to supplement your Summer. Available from all good outlets on 12th July 2019.
Splashing onto the Soulvent scene with his debut single Howl back in March, Pete Jolliffe Thomas is back with a beefy offering of seriously diverse tunes. This 4-tracker shows off more of this relatively new producer’s range, with some impressive features to chuck even more weight behind these intelligently composed tunes.
London lad Pastry Maker punctuates Movie Scene with his hypnotic hook while the tune itself is a playground of snares, percussive pops and lurching low-end, resulting in a distinctly welcome jungle feel.
Next up, title track Dubplate Culture sees Leeds veteran Coppa share some pertinent thoughts surrounding test presses and their importance in the genre that we love so dearly. A polite reminder to all that sometimes you should let a dub remain a dub (and stop with the SoundCloud rips!).
Penultimate track Northern Shades levels out the EP with thundering kicks, glitchy percussion hits and a thumping bassline. Guttural, almost tribal vocals pre-empt the drop and rhythmic atmosphere patterns cleverly flank the chunky sub on offer.
Last up Obi Franky’s uplifting vocals throw Moving On into gear, sitting atop a warm foundation of piano and big risers. These huge vocals, matched with neck-snappingly crisp drums and a satisfying dose of bass, shows that Jolliffe can also unleash liquid inspired hand raisers when he so chooses.
Look out for this well rounded, 4 track slice of Dubplate Culture, available in all good stores on 28th June.
Marking their fifth release on the imprint, the dynamic duo that is In:Most are back on Soulvent with another pair of bangers for your listening pleasure. Continuing to roll out their Jekyll & Hyde-esque couplings of late – this release showcases the ever-maturing sound of this Cambridge based duo. Bailey Greer and Josh Croft have been extra busy of late, reviving the famed Spoonfed d&b night at the Fez Club in their hometown, after a 5 year hiatus. We strongly recommend you get down to one of these shows in the coming months!
Bonsai further develops the sound the pair have been perfecting since tracks like Yesterday, Pieces and Crimson Eyes. Inviting pads and pianos ease us into a kinetic, fluid arpeggio which forms the backbone of the track. Frangible breaks coupled with tasty bass swells accentuate this driving track, while a syncopated take on the lead switches up the end of the track.
Fade Out features the vocals of Hybrid Minds’ go-to-mic-man Tempza, alongside Northern up-and-comer Walk:r, (who’s name should certainly be on your radar!). A spacey, ominous intro teases tear-out bass synths which don’t disappoint on the drop. Swelling, punctuated textures of low-end are interspersed with dynamic patterns of varying percussion and glitched-out fills. The second drop further fleshes out the theme, with unsettling samples underlining the track’s tech-driven foundations.
Available in all good stores from the 7th of June, don’t miss out on another accomplished offering from this exciting duo.
At Soulvent we simply love working with new talent. AC13 is a young producer hailing out of Brighton. His track on the 5 Years of Soulvent LP really hit us right in the feels for angrier, sub-laden drum & bass – so much so that we invited him back for a fruitful 4-track fumble.
Bad Feeling, as the title might suggest, could certainly leave you with a nauseous notion as tight-knit percussive patterns pair with an absolute stinker of a bassline. Ruthless breaks meet simple yet effective open hi-hats and snaps – all nicely rounded out by a 2-note synth line.
Lightyears is a chance for AC13 to show his range, a liquid-tinged break from the all-out sonic assault it follows. An absolutely mesmerising piano chord progression and top-line melt into a sparse scape of clicks and bass, backed by luscious reverse pads.
Title track Drag Race has a wonkier feel – stuffed full of dissonant low-end and screeching samples. We know this one will have DJs racing for a wheel up!
Lazer Quest already boasts BBC Radio 1 support from the likes of Danny Byrd, shudderingly-satisfying gutter bass paired with playful saxophone notes that pierce through the trademark AC13 percussion rounds. A sublime way to round out this heavyweight EP.
Out in all good stores on 10th May 2019.
Brighton based blue-haired-beat-crafter Dilemma has been making waves of late in the drum & bass community with her incredibly mature take on the genre. With heavy support from the likes of Random Movement, Calibre and Bailey, releases on Flight Patterns and DNBArena alongside featuring in UKF’s 2019 ‘Ones to watch’ – we’re thrilled to announce her new single Gone Too Soon.
The title track features the soothing vocal tones of liquid legend, Robert Manos. It’s cleverly layered intro and progressive elements build gradually, setting the gorgeous framework for Manos’ lyrics to shine beautifully over the rolling drums and syncopated piano lines.
Limbo takes us on a more ominous and soothing journey into the realms of liquid. Echoing vocal stabs and piano licks take the lead with a smooth rolling bassline and drum track to match.
You can grab this pair of luscious liquid rollers from all good stores and streaming services from 19.04.2019!
As well as being home to a revered university, Cambridge boasts the residency of a certain calibre of drum & bass producer – the likes of Nu:Tone, Commix, Logistics, In:Most, Saikon… the list goes on.
We can now add to that list one Pete Jolliffe Thomas, with his neuro-infused take on drum & bass. After an exciting inception the Clashtone member neatly boasts a forthcoming single on our own Soulvent, with 2 tracks offering up an equal lashing of low-end.
Howl sees Jolliffe thrash together crunchy drums, beefy basslines and sharp words courtesy of Linguisitics to provide a high tempo, thought-provoking floor filler. Swirling synths and high energy percussion will give Soulvent fans a pleasant surprise.
Profoundis shows Jolliffe’s ability to bring different tempos to the mix with more haunting vocal samples, underpinned by perfectly-crafted, rolling percussion and cascading basslines.
You will certainly be pleasantly surprised by this break from the norm on Soulvent Records. Jolliffe is one to watch in 2019. Howl // Profoundis is out on 22nd March in all good stores.