sv046 – monika – cloud chamber ft. buddie

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Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney returns to Soulvent Records to follow up his To The Light EP with a 3-track single, after having teamed up with Finland’s own Askel for a single on Atmomatix last month. Staying true to his style, he effortlessly tows the line between experimental and formulaic, while keeping his progressive drum-work pulsing. We are immensely proud to present his 3rd solo Soulvent release.

Cloud Chamber starts with an airy break that slowly builds into an expansive soundscape. Thrumming synths supported by rolling drum fills ascend with vocals from Anna Provan (aka Buddie) culminating in an uplifting, dreamy piece of music.

Asian inspired strings start off Himalaya; a half time, moodier number taking you on a journey through the mountains that inspired its title. Crisp snares and Eastern percussion cuts the cold air, while siren-like swirls of droning synths crash together as breaking waves.

Himalaya is backed up by a remix from Akuratyde, aka Southern California’s Daniel Eshleman. Leading the charge for American-made d&b, the young producer has been working with Blu Mar Ten music since early 2015, offering a glitchy, screwed & chopped take on the original.

With a growing back catalogue, and a clever take on d&b production, this is surely another Monika release to get your hands on – dropping on the 7th of September.

svr podcast: 003 (hosted by monika – Summer Soul 2018 special)

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Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the third episode of the Soulvent Records podcast, a monthly offering aiming to celebrate everything we love about our label, the drum & bass scene, and the wider world of music in general! This month’s show has 9 guest selectors, focusing on all the contributing artists to the Summer Soul 2018 EP, which was released Friday the 27th of July.

Each month, Monika will ask a guest to provide him with a selection of their favourite drum & bass tracks, alongside a small set of inspiring selections from outside of the genre. The aim of this is to show how far and wide drum & bass gathers it’s influences, and how versatile the genre can be. From hip hop to techno, trance to trap: dnb by it’s very nature stands as a perfect environment to channel anything and everything into the 170bpm dance floor culture. Let Soulvent be your guide into the far reaches of drum & bass.

Tracklist:
1 – Imba & Alexander – Absolution. Soulvent Records (29th June 2018)
2 – (Reset Wrong) Black Barrel – Contact
3 – (Monika) Blu Mar Ten – Sweet Little Supernova
4 – (Mountain) Fred V & Grafix – Altitude (Feat Amy J Pryce)
5 – (Dilemma) Random Movement – Still Ain’t Changed
6 – (Strife II) Flite – Blue Spark VIP
7 – (Luna) Culture Shock – Machine
8 – (Primitive Instinct) Monty, Hyroglyfics, Benabu – The Glow
9 – (Dushi) Emperor – Half Makes A Whole

NON DNB
1 – (Monika) Weval – I Don’t Need It.
2 – (Primitive Instinct) Jevon Ives – I Don’t Know Why (feat. Astrid)
3 – (Mountain) Mr Big – Goin The Wind Blows
4 – (Dilemma) Tom Misch feat De La Soul – It Runs Through Me
5 – (Dushi) Kali Uchis – After The Storm feat Tyler the Creator & Bootsy Collins (Pete Rock Remix)
6 – (Strife II) Lukozade – Concorde
7 – (Reset Wrong) BLR – La Luna
8 – (Luna) The Jacksons – Lovely One

sv044 – silence groove – origins

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Enter Polish powerhouse Kuba Cichocki, better known as Silence Groove. After a string of impressive releases on the likes of Integral, Fokuz and Liquicity, as well as a highly rated remix of Pola & Bryson’s album opener ‘Call Of The Night’, we thought it was only right to hunt him down for his first solo Soulvent single.

Origins hits the ground running with remnants of classic old school breaks and chunky synth and vocal stabs, teasing the ears with nostalgic 90s arcade game feels. As it drops, big sub-bass balances bursts of counter-melodic horns and licks, creating a serious head-nodder of a number.

In contrast, Recondite is a slower build of tension. Crisp drums and drawn out keys lurch us into an uncertain intro, reminiscent of the soundtrack work of Vangelis for Bladerunner. Descending strings and pricks of percussion punctuate the pads, vocals and space – dropping us right into a rumbling roller: a perfect gritty track for a dimly-lit dance floor.

7 years deep in the game, it’s our pleasure to bring you music from yet another member of our ever expanding European family; Silence Groove’s debut release drops on the 27th of July and is surely one to set your clocks by.

svr podcast: episode 002 (hosted by Monika)

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Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the second episode of the Soulvent Records podcast, a monthly offering aiming to celebrate everything we love about our label, the drum & bass scene, and the wider world of music in general! This month’s guest selector is American duo Blacklab.

Each month, Monika will ask a guest to provide him with a selection of their favourite drum & bass tracks, alongside a small set of inspiring selections from outside of the genre. The aim of this is to show how far and wide drum & bass gathers it’s influences, and how versatile the genre can be. From hip hop to techno, trance to trap: dnb by it’s very nature stands as a perfect environment to channel anything and everything into the 170bpm dance floor culture. Let Soulvent be your guide into the far reaches of drum & bass.

Listen HERE!

sv045 – summer soul – va ep – released 27th july

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There’s certainly no two ways about it, everyone in the UK loves the summer (even if a few of us do complain about being too hot!). So here at Soulvent, we thought we’d ring in everyone’s favourite season, with a scorching selection of tracks that will keep the mercury high. We’ve roped in new British talent from the likes of Luna, Changer, Primitive Instinct and Lurch – whilst keeping our international connections simmering, with offerings from Mountain, Reset Wrong, Soul Dimension and Monika.

Reset Wrong’s track Femme is a morphing selection of grunting synths and bi-polar drums – a first outing for the Russian duo on Soulvent. Meanwhile long-time friend, first-time collaborator Dushi offers up Crossroads, a number perfect for poolside jams & park life living.

Fresh from dropping his Teleportation EP on Celsius, Mountain returns with the feel-good half-time stepper that is Squall – littered with chords that will definitely have you reaching for the air guitar. Strife II delivers You’ll Always Know – energetic drums bathed in sunshine will have your hands in the air and a smile on your face. Dilemma brings a jazzy vibe that winds down the tone after a long day in the sun. Soulful keys and rolling basslines keep the good times coming.

As the sun goes down, break out the EP’s darker side with Cumber from Luna and The Shakes from Lurch. Big servings of sub bass will have you rounding out the after parties in style. Soul Dimension changes up the pace with the certified chest-thumper Mind Surgeon. If this one gets dropped at a night near you, expect shoes galore.

Last but by no means least, Soulvent staple Monika flies in from New Zealand with a vocal kissed roller titled As You Walk, perfect for a balmy stroll home after a long night of dancing!

This July, if you’re in search of a new Summer anthem, then look no further than our Summer Soul EP.

definition tee

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Our first new design of 2018 – the definition tee is a simple statement of who we are and what we do.

svr podcast: episode 001 (hosted by Monika)

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Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the first episode of the Soulvent Records podcast, a monthly offering aiming to celebrate everything we love about our label, the drum & bass scene, and the wider world of music in general!

Each month, Monika will ask a guest to provide him with a selection of their favourite drum & bass tracks, alongside a small set of inspiring selections from outside of the genre. The aim of this is to show how far and wide drum & bass gathers it’s influences, and how versatile the genre can be. From hip hop to techno, trance to trap: dnb by it’s very nature stands as a perfect environment to channel anything and everything into the 170bpm dance floor culture. Let Soulvent be your guide into the far reaches of drum & bass.

Here it is! The first instalment of the Soulvent Records podcast, 40 mins of luscious dnb brought to you by our esteemed friend, Maxwell Monika. #soulventpodcast

Listen HERE!

sv043 – imba – absolution (released 29th june)

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Following a busy 2017; featuring on the final Soul Sessions (Vol.3) and releasing on the likes of Influenza & Celsius recordings, Sam ‘Imba’ Hiscox is back at Soulvent with another solid two-track offering of liquid gold. The Bristolian has been steadily pioneering his own brand of notable rollers, fast becoming one of the staple aliases in the next generation of Liquid Drum and Bass producers.

Undone is full of spacey synths, twisted vocals and airy pads. Backed by a tight drum groove, the drop sees in a murky sub line flanked by revolving glitches of melody & sweeping dark reese basses.

On Absolution, Imba teams up with the Californian talents of Alexvnder – resulting in a sultry mix of styles. Wistful keys and thumping drums are the order of the day, alongside warming bass tones.

If you’re a fan of soulful rollers and surging baselines, look no further than this first-class feat dropping on the 29th of June.