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Enter Dutch-born Oscar Oomens, AKA Champion. With previous releases on Viper, Audioporn and Liquicity, this 24-year-old producer has garnered support from the likes of Crissy Criss, Murdock, and Mistajam to name but a few. Now living in Germany, Champion strengthens Soulvents’ Dutch connections; his debut release comes in the form of 2 massive tracks: ‘Stay Here ft. Tayah Ettienne’ and ‘Holding On’.
‘Stay Here’ opens with effected sample chops and warm pads flourishing, giving way to Tayah’s smooth airy vocals. Both the lyrics and Tayah’s playful tone culminate in a summery drop: warm bass is backed by percussive counter-melodies. Overall, ’Stay Here’ is a smooth liquid roller set to take on this summer.
‘Holding On’ opens with dark rumbling synths and a tight percussive drum groove. A foreboding intro brings flute flourishes, with vocals from none other than the man himself – supported by plucky synths and a filtered piano bassline. Cultivating in an emotive rhythmic roller, atop which his own vocals sit perfectly, a breathy exercise proving that often producers these days can achieve much more of their original aim using their own vocal chords!
Champion’s debut release on Soulvent is out on the 9th of May, and is a solid introduction on the imprint.
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As we’ve reached our 20th release, we wanted to celebrate the milestone with some fresh new blood on the imprint. The New Soul EP features 4 exclusive cuts from 4 incredible producers, familiar and less so, from across the globe.
Robert Walker AKA Strife II, is a producer based in Birmingham, UK. This beautiful down-tempo soundscape opens with ringing pianos backed by soft pads. The filtered drums roll in with a glitchy pattern giving way to a rumbling low-end and frantic rhythmic percussion, topped with ethereal effected vocals. A haunting breakdown section finally gives way to a fast paced second drop, full of moody piano melodies and continued vocal chops. Robert’s first release with the label shows a measured and interesting approach to production and composition.
From roughly 5,200 miles away from the Solvent HQ are Blacklab, otherwise known as brothers Karim & Kashim Rodriguez. The Las Vegas, US based pair deliver a smooth and subtle roller in ‘Kinetic (Keep It Moving)’. A slow-paced intro makes use of soft pads, filtered percussion and rumbling sub partnered with jazz horns. The drop sees a beautiful blend of atmospheric swelling pads, melancholy horn blasts andy an energetic hang drum melody. After their release on Soul Sessions Vol. 1, the pair continue to prove their understanding of the more languid, liquid style of the genre, despite their neuro-funk beginnings.
Second new boy on the EP is Rho AKA, Prash Chouhan presenting ‘Gonna Be’. Originally hailing from Watford, and now at university in Leicester, Prash’s debut on Soulvent is worth the wait. The track opens with menacing pads and hints at the strong rhythmic elements at the heart of the songs direction. The build gives way to a blocky, firm double-bass groove – showing that production trends can be subtly adhered to across genre. Rho is definitely a name to look out for on Soulvent in the future.
Lastly, label favourites Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins and Harry Bryson return with their first original track on Soulvent since 2015’s Soul Sessions Vol. 1 album. Taking a break from working on their debut album, the pair step up with ‘Raid’. Proving their worth as label mainstays, this lush piece of music opens with soaring pianos, pads and strings backed by a solid rolling drum groove.
Cat No: SV019
Release Date: 07/03/2016
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Enter 27-year-old Ilya Solonikov, AKA, Shiny Radio. One of the founders of the Panda crew, Ilya has been producing for a few years. Having tried his hand at hip hop and downtempo music from the age of 21, he settled into the warm embrace of 170 bpm at around age 24. Since then, he has had releases on Celsius Recordings, Influenza Media, Silent Audio, Outertone and Soul Deep.
For those unaware, ‘Panda’ are a crew who’ve been present in the drum and bass community in Russia for the past 12 years – putting on parties and events in their hometown of Izhevsk. Over time these club nights have seen some esteemed guests such as Goldie, John B, Lenzman and Brookes Brothers to name but a few.
His debut release on Soulvent is out on the 7th March, comes in the form of ‘Panda’s Anthem’ and ‘Hug’. In these 2 tracks Ilya manages to showcase an element of liquid which the scene seems to have been somewhat missing for a while: a penchant for a fun and feel-good sound, free from the clique-driven movements of most niche dance genres. ‘Panda’s Anthem’ opens with a gritty drum break, and some interesting melodic samples. The build up sees the introduction of jazzy female vocals, while the drop seems to take us by surprise with thick sub basses intercut with counterpoint string melodies.
‘Hug’ meanwhile opens with a happy guitar lick, and atmospheric percussion opening out into a fanfare of trumpets backed by smooth piano chords. The drop however introduces a nice distorted squelch of bass to break up the happy-go-lucky vibe of the track.
Ultimately, Ilya’s debut release with the label delivers two solid tracks, and
strengthens our ever expanding roster of international artists.
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!