Cat No: SV008
Release Date: 11/01/15
2015 saw Soulvent start with a brand new slice of dark Drum & Bass in the form of Data 3. Data 3 is made up of the collective efforts of 3 young West Yorkshire lads, Alex Kostyakov, Dan Hartley, and our very own Bryson.
Up first is the title track ‘Solar Space’, with its eerie, windy pads and vocal chops in the intro it builds into a massive bass heavy roller which will go down a treat for any deep Drum & Bass head.’Funk Bear’ reels you in with its glitchy, gritty intro, to then almost drop without warning into some of the most brutal basslines to have graced the Soulvent sound so far.
And finally, we join Data 3’s dubstep alias, Syrum, for bonus track ‘Space Hamsters’. A true homage to the early sounds of Dubstep that were emerging from the depths of Croydon and Big Apple Records back in the early 2000’s; ‘Space Hamsters’ is a great close to the release from the multi-faceted trio, reflecting a pivotal time for the scene, as well us here at Soulvent and our contemporaries.
Cat No: SV007
Release Date: 09/11/15
Another stellar release from Soulvent co-founder Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins.
Open Arms comes in the form of a clean yet emotional roller, the smooth intro synths blending with a simple yet effective melody. Opening out into a deep drop supported by an old school vocal sample, and a moving yet reserved bass – this track is sure to warm more than a dance floors this autumn.
History, keeps up with Pola’s skill of merging both the new and the old school vibes. The dark ethereal vocals coupled with a warm pad keep you guessing, until the driving bass and old school drum break punch their way through.
All in all the man himself delivers a more than convincing 2nd release, strongly establishing his talent & versatility as a producer.
Cat No: SV006
Release Date: 05/10/15
Autumn saw Soulvent go further afield than the rain stricken shores of blighty. Diego Torres, formerly one third of trio Submatik, begins his solo career with full force. This emotive and moving single came fresh from the young Belgian producer as he shifts into deep liquid Drum & Bass, with vibes sure to warm the close of our year.
Torres joins forces with the amazing vocal talent of Vincent for this soulful single. ‘Part of Me’ kicks things off with gorgeous pianos with sweeping chords before dropping into a smooth bassline with Vincent’s soothing vocals to accompany.
‘Awake’ is the accompanying B-side to ‘Part of Me’, taking the form of a classic liquid roller. With subtle rhode synths, quick percussive switches and soothing piano chords throughout.
Diego Torres effortlessly proves his place in the Soulvent family, excelling at his strengths in luscious emotive rollers.
Cat No: SV005
Release Date: 24/08/14
Marking our fifth release at Soulvent Records, Bryzone (Bryson) followed up ‘Trial Run’ with ‘Portal’. The West Yorkshire man certainly stepped up the levels, with some seriously sophisticated production.
‘Portal’ is a pulsating array of synth riffs and electro-tinged melodic hooks, with an urgent drum accompaniment beneath. Slightly melancholic but still packed with energy, this one will draw you in and pull you along for the ride.
‘Wonderlight’ makes up the B-side, and here Bryson presents a more tranquil and ethereal sound. Gently resonating solo notes on the intro are given added warmth, as a series of whirring chords move the melody along. This is a dreamy yet mesmerizing collection of sounds, and Bryson layers each element with technical prowess.
Another beautifully crafted couple of tracks from the Northern producer, and a superb display of his ever growing sound.
Cat No: SV004
Release Date: 06/07/14
Our fourth release came from Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins, a co founder of Soulvent, and one third of the label’s personnel. His debut release ‘Sound Killa’ blends new and old influences well – mixing warm liquid tones with an old school beat. The well rounded roller features a well-known jungle sample alongside surging drum progressions and rave-style piano chords.
Meanwhile ‘Little Do I Know’ is quite the change of pace. Featuring vocals provided by none other than Pola himself, it also features label mate Bryzone (Bryson). A stirring and atmospheric track, Pola blends melancholic chords with a gritty live drum sound to deliver a fitting B side to a beautifully balanced single.
These are two sophisticated pieces of work from producer and Pola, who has gained a nod of approval from the likes of Etherwood and Logistics, and the release began paving the way for a blossoming production partnership between himself and Harry Bryson.
Cat No: SV003
Release Date: 18/05/14
Having been introduced into the drum and bass community with his debut release for Soulvent in February, BMotion now brings his second single to the label.
A-side ‘All My Love’ is an upbeat and glossily fluid track featuring the expressive vocals of Jon Lilygreen, BMotion using Lilygreen’s rounded vocals in waves alongside dreamy chord sequences and a series of dynamic drops.
The B-side ‘Reflections’ is a beautifully contrasting track full of languid, summery tones. A stripped back yet distinctive introduction captures a simplistic yet resonating guitar and piano riff sequence, before progressing to an emotive climax. Bringing in snatches of rolling vocals and stirring drum patterns (recorded live by BMotion himself); this is your summer evening soundtrack.
Beginning to firmly establish his artistic style of production within the scene, this release again highlights this multi talented Welshman’s capabilities.
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.