Cat No: SV002
Release Date: 30/03/15
Release number two for Soulvent saw the rise of another gifted young producer by the name of Harry Bryson, formerly known as Bryzone. Having traded a two letter name change for simply his surname in early 2015, Harry stepped up offering two glistening pieces of liquid, truly in keeping with a developing Soulvent sound.
‘Trial Run’ is beautifully subtle vocal-led track, with sun-soaked piano riffs matched by the soft sounds of Jenny Mayhem’s sparkling vocals. A rolling jungle-style sub bass and snappy percussion serve a perfect home for Mayhem’s airy narrative melodies, counterpointed with piano toplines. The pair truly prove that sometimes less is more.
B-side ‘Stargaze’ teases a slighter darker sound while maintaining continuity. A haunting piano build gives way to a undercurrent of strings and evocative use of piano once again capture Bryson’s sophisticated level of production.
Cat No: SV001
Release Date: 09/02/14
We kick started our journey in Early 2014, with an incredible single from the Welsh talent that is 22 year old Ben ‘BMotion’ Williams.
The A-side ‘Circles’ breaks in full of energy with a lively, upbeat intro full of 80’s style synths and glossy pop-esque vocals courtesy of Jon Lilygreen. The filtered up intro leaves us in a ‘pre-drop’ which is rather measured, yet definitely makes the real drop worth it’s weight. BMotion demonstrates his penchant for pulsating, chunky basslines which are a powerful part of his production. Leading into a massive drop, his background as a jazz drummer is truly demonstrated in his ability to create a juggernaught-like momentum anywhere from his drum builds, synth runs, or vocal chops. With an unassuming structure and intricate melodies, equally matched by Jon’s impressive falsetto, ‘Circles’ has a bit of fun with an often overly serious genre.
‘Need Your Love’ on the flipside offers a deeper, more unconventional take on liquid Drum and Bass. A rolling rhythmic start, bathed in white noise introduces a catchy guitar lick, which is effortlessly converted into a synth top line. This hectic build up sees in clicky snares, rumbling subs and plucky synths – yet doesn’t seem too busy. Attention is held with the opening out of the synth melody, and engrossing luscious pads.
With support from UKF, Rinse FM and BBC 1Xtra, BMotion brings a fresh outlook on Drum and Bass, and a great first chapter in the Soulvent Records tale.