monika – fortress ep (released 30th november)

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Maxwell Sweeney has proved himself our understated golden boy this year, quietly carving out his niche for intelligently crafted drum &bass. The once Londoner now offers up a first for the Soulvent imprint, a foray into tempos outside 170, truly showcasing his understanding for all things electronic, he plates up a six-course array of aural appetisers (free from additives).



Fortress begins with the thought provoking atmospherics and tribal drums of the Prologue, culminating in uplifting synths and sweeping vocals that serve as a tantalising intro for the rest of this artistic EP.



The light drums and robotic synths of Airstrike open up into detailed layers of hypnotic percussion, coupled with a clever bassline.


Little World starts with a steady beat that lays the foundation for a distant and relaxed melody. The punctuated vocal sits atop a truly poignant musical journey that will bring you back for more.



The interlude Evelyn, is an aural comma, punctuating the EP with soft rain, thrumming synths and a melancholic love scene.

Moving effortlessly to perhaps the penultimate big finish; the garage influence of Eve and The Opal is undeniable. Relaxing chimes and building percussion gives us a deeper look into Max’s understanding of London’s quiet heartbeat.



Lastly, Epilogue rounds out the EP with expansive synth driven fun.



As the name suggests, this EP is strong enough to stand the test of time. Pause to open your mind and enjoy this monumental project, out on the 30th of November.

svr podcast episode: 007 (hosted by monika ft. lq)

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Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the seventh 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 is the hotly tipped Bulgarian duo LQ.

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:
Pola & Bryson – Alkaline
Dawn Wall – Holding On
GLXY feat DRS – These Lights
LQ – Keep Hiding
LQ Get To Me
LQ – Back Home
LQ – Control
DJSS & High Roll – Time Capsule
Alibi feat. MC Fats T.R.A.C. – No Lights
Unglued feat Nelson Navarro – Deep Dark And Dirty

Jordon Rakei – Goodbye
KAYTRANADA feat BADBADNOTGOOD – Weight Off
Elliot Moss – Slip
Tom Misch & Poppy Ajudha – Disco Yes
The RH Factor – Juicy

svr podcast: episode 005 (hosted by monika ft. Akuratyde)

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Our good friend Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney hosts the fifth 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 recent American remixer & cat lover Akuratyde.

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:
Bop & Subwave – Clair De Lune
Oliver Yorke – Totem
Monika – Himalaya
Commix – Japanese Electronics
Blocks & Escher – Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Dom & Roland – A Broken Heart
Monika – Himalaya (Akuratyde Remix)
Kimyan Law – Magic (Feat. Clara Luzia)
Tellus – But Not Forgotten
Lewis James – Praying Out Loud (Feat. Dandans K)
Seba & Robert Manos – Etherall

NON DNB
George FitzGerald – Roll Back
Synkro & Arovane – Aspen
Nuage – Thirst
Unquote – Metro Dreaming
Timecop1983 – Girl (Feat. SEAWAVES)

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.

sv042 – blacklab – human condition (released 1st june)

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The Las Vegas based brothers Blacklab return to Soulvent Records for their first outing since Soul Sessions Vol. 3, in the form of their debut single – Human Condition.

The title track opens with a warm, captivating tribal soundscape that builds imposing atmosphere and tension, before launching us into a long, boundless bassline hook – underlying their signature rolling drum beats. Soothing piano drifts on in a way that keeps us enlightened and upbeat throughout. You can almost hear the Nevada desert that inspires much of the Blacklab signature sound.

Passionfruit’s deep soulful bass and haunting female lead vocal bring back more of those tribal loops and pads, really showing us just why the US duo are so great at what they do.

If you’re keen on smooth, top-drawer liquid, then look no further than this soulful slice dropping on June 1st in all good stores.