Cat No: SV018
Release Date: 08/02/2016
Jonathan Campbell and Tom Alston, aka GLXY, are back! Fresh from releasing on MTA Records the two return to Soulvent with a stunning 4 track EP. The London based team deliver a solid collection of rollers, giving a true insight into the slick and refined bass sound they’ve orchestrated in the short time they’ve been producing.
‘Introspective’ is an understated opener to the EP. A minimal, somewhat haunting start leads us into the spooky repetitive female vocal, almost robotic in tone, prior to a dose of a rib-rattling sub bass. Atmospheric swells and bass twangs keep us rolling along, while the boys’ less than safe bass work keeps our attention. The title track, ’Exposed’, kicks off with a minimal drum lick, opening out into a dark relief – a somewhat ravey pad, tinged with guttural low-pitched vocal chops and sub stabs. The drop sees a truly low-down roller come to life, minimal in its composition yet never boring. The second drop sees further bass exploration, with various rhythmic components keeping our attention.
‘Lonely’ features esteemed singer Belle Humble and opens with an enveloping sense of calm, as soothing vocals blend perfectly with reserved piano chords. The haunting rhythm and tone introduce restless counter melodies crescendoing to a raw, bass driven, chest-thumping drop. The pair effortlessly structure each interesting component part of the track, balancing hypnotic vocals against sprawling synths. Last track up ‘Marquis’ sees the London pair collaborate with Fokuz veteran, Malaky. The intro offers up a calmer side to this 4-track release, resulting in a solid drum groove, giving way to airy soft pads and a cutting synthetic vocal. The drop promises more trademark bass work, with solid synth and composition.
All in all, this stellar 4 track EP sees the duo return to Soulvent in true GLXY style.
Cat No: SV017
Release Date: 14/12/15
After 2 solo releases respectively on Soulvent last year, Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins and Harry Bryson decided to team up. Back in April the pair released their first EP as a duo, simply entitled ‘The Music’. This understated 4 track release has received an impressive response, with support from Rinse FM, Mistajam, Technimatic, London Elektricity, SPY, Etherwood, Fred V and Grafix… The list goes on. We therefore decided to let the rest of the Soulvent camp fight tooth and nail over the stems. The outcome results in remixes from Phaction, GLXY, Arch Origin and T & Sugah.
GLXY return to apply their trademark sound to ‘The Music’. Cleverly sampling portions of the original track, they totally re-imagine it’s liquid roller beginnings, turning it into a veritable bass playground.
Phaction meanwhile injects Bristolian flavour into ‘Stolen Glances’ ft. Sammi Bella with soft pads, a seriously jazzy piano lick and crisp drum pattern. Tipping it’s cap to the original, this softer remix shows Phaction’s composure as a producer and a welcome first foray on Soulvent.
Daniel Van Mourik AKA Arch Origin turns his hand to ‘Bad Habit’. With some ‘Take Me Away’-esque bassline work and tight drum grooves he turns up a win with this remix.
Finally T & Sugah round off the 4 track with their take on ‘Walk Away’. The intro sees rhythmic plucky synths building energy, making way for the pitched down original vocal & a massive dance floor filler of a drop!
The Remix EP proves to be as much of a package deal as Pola & Bryson’s original offering. Breathing new life into an already fresh release – All of us at Soulvent Records are proud to present The Remix EP.
Cat No: SV016
Release Date: 02/11/15
This super fresh release comes in the form of Retronics, the new alias of Hungarian-born Dan ‘Inward Phase’. ’This Will Come’ marks his first release under his new alias and with Soulvent.
‘This Will Come’ opens with an uplifting atmospheric intro and sombre vocals. The swelling bass indicates where you’re headed as a robotic catchy melody and large drum build drop into a huge bass driven roller.
‘Even If’ starts with a slow build, supported by a heavy bassline. Crisp drums kick in and lead you into a subtle pre-drop roll only to leave you struggling for breath as the tune drops with full force. Retronics approaches his production with a measured ear, cleverly blurring the lines between sub-genres and making this release a must have for any DJ, fan or Drum and Bass listener.
Cat No: SV015
Release Date: 28/09/15
Andreas Ort, otherwise known as Dualistic, came to our attention through some solid uploads recently supported by Liquicity. Having fired over these two epic tracks a few a months ago, we had no choice but to share them with you!
Originally from Germany, Andreas is now based in the Netherlands and has knocked up two massive tunes; ‘Brave’ featuring Ayve and teamed up with Zazu for ‘Beauty’.
‘Brave’ kicks off with Andreas’ signature uplifting melodic textures and a glitchy build-up to give way to a deep rumbling bass and punchy drum lick. Ayve’s haunting emotive tones sit perfectly atop this summer roller. Working with Leiden-based neighbour Zazu for the A/B side, the pair deliver a solid minimal roller in Beauty. Opening with a reserved half-time intro, the track builds slowly into a cliff-hanging drop which doesn’t disappoint. A swelling bassline blends with a solid amen break, soaring pads dressing the high end and a spacey yet simple descending melody to top it all off.
Cat No: SV014
Release Date: 20/08/15
After launching in January 2014, we now step into unknown territory as we bring you our first official compilation release. Soul Sessions Vol. 1 is the coming together of artists all over the continent and beyond, to form a dynamic showcase of the music we’re all about at Soulvent Records.
All tracks are brand new, exclusive & essential. Label familiars include the likes of Belgian producer Diego Torres, East London lads Pola & Bryson, Manchester trio Data 3 and Birmingham based Glaive.
Soul Sessions Vol. 1 also see’s the debut for some of the most exciting new talents on the scene. Las Vegas based brothers Blacklab, London locals Digital Artifacts, and Elka – hailing from the Estonian capital of Talinn are all featured on the project.
After months of tireless planning in Pola’s Forest Gate bedroom, the album drops at the height of the summer and articulates perfectly both what the Soulvent sound has become, and what the future could hold for us!
Cat No: SV013
Release Date: 05/07/2015
New music incoming. Summer wouldn’t be summer without an incredible anthem, which has been delivered by one of the hottest duo’s to come out of the Netherlands in recent years, NCT. Jeroen Nai Chung Tong & Alexander Witschge’s debut on Soulvent comes in the form of ‘Scars.
Bright stabs and mellow strings set the tone in the intro, building up to a climactic drop full of plucky synths, light snappy drums and an over-all ‘feel good’ vibe, the perfect accompaniment to any festival bound Drum & Bass fan.
The B-side see’s Alex and Jeroen join forces with their Belgian neighbour and Soulvent family member, Diego Torres for the breathtaking track, ‘No One Home’. This vocal lead track, with the added touch from Diego Torres’ signature swelling piano, brings together cinematic style strings and guitars into a beautiful drop with deep basslines and rolling drums.
This perfect coming together of material and artists adds another instant classic to the Soulvent Records catalogue.
Cat No: SV012
Release Date: 31/05/15
Our 12th release since we launched in early 2014, this one is from the latest addition to our ever-expanding family – talented young duo Tom Alston & Jonathan Campbell, better known as GLXY.
The single opens with the epic A side ‘Small Talk’ – a soulful, liquid masterpiece, dabbling in the darker side of the genre. The intro brings luscious piano chords and a soothing vocal line, quickly followed by clean, cutting percussion to pre empt a deep & almost glitch inspired bassline on the drop. The B side ‘Trinity’ follows with similar vibes to the title track. With a choppy, melodious vocal sample & dark bass grooves, ‘Trinity’ touches on the rougher edges of the Soulvent sound.
The 2 tracks give a pretty clear idea of what these guys are about – a truly harmonious medium between light, fluffy liquid and dark, glitchy tech. GLXY are definitely ones to watch out for.
Cat No: SV011
Release Date: 19/04/15
As Spring started, label co-founder Pola & Hebden Bridge hailing Bryson – both staple artists on the label – linked up to bring you their stunning debut EP ‘The Music’.
The title track ‘The Music’ starts off the EP in true liquid fashion. With soothing piano riffs, bold oscillating basslines and a sample that sits beautifully on top, this track is the perfect beginning to a stellar showcase of the talent these two producers possess. Next up, it’s ‘Stolen Glances’. With a luscious vocal from Sammie Bella, this tune is chilled, gorgeously balanced and paints a picture of a beautiful summer’s night!
‘Bad Habit’ is the 3rd track of the EP, bringing an epic old school vibe with the vocal sample and hard hitting drop. Filled with big drums and gritty basslines, the dark is accompanied well with light, floaty melodies and intelligent transitions. They finish the EP with ’Walk away’. This track ends the record in style with its catchy vocals and uplifting, energetic vibes throughout.
A first from Pola & Bryson – what is fast becoming a must know name on the Liquid scene – This EP is a well balanced, truly sublime piece of music. A radiant, intelligently produced soundtrack to your summer.