sv064: terror – twilight ft. jakes

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Following his Summer single Feels The Same last year, Tony “Terror” Friend returns to Soulvent with another offering that expertly shows his musical range while drawing from his aural heritage. This time Terror teams up with the Hench head honcho Jakes to deliver two contrasting numbers that will leave you in a realm of dreaminess.

Twilight opens with calming atmospherics before the familiar tones of Jakes’ unmistakable vocals help you get lost in the vibe. The uplifting synth notes build up to a very heavy drop that will take you by surprise. The synths punch through a hefty bassline that is forming to Terror’s familiar style.

Tiddler is a much more expansive sonic affair. The intro seems to build forever and before you know it, you are deep in the depths of the arpeggio. This B-side will have you drifting for miles. Light, intricate harmonics alongside detailed percussion provide the foundation for the dreamy soundscape on this one: out of body experiences are both to be expected and welcomed.

Available in all good stores and on all good streaming platforms on 14th February. This is not one to be missed.

svr podcast: episode 20 (hosted by lhr & mike drop)

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We return after a micro hiatus with the first episode of 2020 – Episode 20. After having a little break over Christmas, label boss LHR has a look back at 2019 (the milestone 5th Year for the label). Mike Drop knocks the Christmas rust off his mixing tekkers ahead of our return to Fabric and provides his favourite new stuff as well as some Soulvent back catalogue for good measure.

We hope you enjoy!

Temam – The Sin
Technimatic – Long Way Down
Degs – Levitate Your Mind ft. Unglued
GLXY – Gingerbread
Enei – Get Closer ft. Charli Brix
KMotionz – Dusk
In:Most – Fade Out ft. Tempza and Walk:r
Pola & Bryson – Stolen Glances ft. Sammie Bella (Phaction Remix)
Edlan & Djah – Melancholy City
Rico Tubbs – Dawn of the Dead (Askel & Elere remix)
The Vanguard Project – Everyday is Stolen ft. DRS
Pola & Bryson – Whisper To Me ft. Sammie Bella (Telomic Remix)
Mutated Forms – Narcissist
In:Most – I Can’t Do
GLXY – Butterfly Effect ft. Visionobi & Hugh Hardie
In:Most – Softspoken ft. Charli Brix & Changing Faces (GLXY Remix)
Askel & Elere – Deluge
Mauro Piccotto – Lizard (Voltage Bootleg)
Workforce – Fragments
Pola & Bryson – Way Back ft. Siege MC

sv063: temam – the sin (out 24.01)

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As we kickstart our 6th year of business, we welcome Parisian producer and all-round nice guy Maxime Temam to the roster, with his debut single titled The Sin. Having started out with self releases on his own Studio Drum & Bass imprint, the 23-year old has also previously released on Overview Music, Fragmented Recordings and Impact Music. We are proud to present his first Soulvent offering with two bass laden bangers to ring in 2020.

The Sin features swelling, twisted, gnarling bass textures, matched by big rides and open hats which dominate the well thought out percussion. You barely get a moment’s rest in this high energy tune that is sure to conjure up some sinister reactions in a dance near you.

Winded starts with a rather unsuspecting intro. A barrage of hats, flanked by eerie pads, could lull you into thinking Winded is a sultry liquid roller. However, the distant, almost snake charming sample on the drop makes way for another strong and progressive bassline.

Dropping on the 24th of January in all good sets, stores and streaming services. End your well behaved January with “The Sin”.

soulvent banner hoody

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To ring in the coming cold weather, we proudly present our first hoody! Featuring the choice of white or black draw strings, printed on an organic continental black hoody, it’s our somewhat recognizable red banner logo taking centre stage. Perfect to keep you warm in the Winter months.

spearhead x flexout x soulvent @ fabric (31.01)

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Room One: Spearhead Records Presents
Alix Perez
DJ Lens
Hosted by:
Cleveland Watkiss MBE
LX One
MC Texas

Room Two: Flexout Audio
Fre4knc B2B QZB B2B Arkaik
Bredren B2B Philth
Amoss B2B Survey
Charli Brix & Bassi
Data 3
Hosted by:
Joe Raygun
Sense MC

Room Three: Soulvent Records
Jolliffe B2B Terror
Soulvent Records Residents
Hosted by:
Siege MC

We host three labels pushing the drum & bass scene forwards as Spearhead, Flexout Audio and Soulvent land. In Room One, Spearhead rep the musical side of the genre with a host of the label’s closest affiliates set to join label founder BCee. Joining him is Alix Perez, whose glistening productions can be found on labels like Shogun Audio and Exit. In recent years he’s turned his focus to his own 1985 Music imprint, where he pushes a similar strain of deep and rolling 170BPM. He’s flanked by Etherwood, the London producer best known for his ties to Med School. His work for Hospital’s sister label showcases his unique grasp on D&B, drawing influence from hard-and-fast jungle, floating ambient and downtempo tones. Rising talent Sweetpea also displays her cutting-edge take on the genre, while the bill is rounded off by two artists with a lot of promise, Airshots and Lens. Cleveland Watkiss, LX One and Texas step up on hosting duties.

Room Two welcomes Flexout Audio. The local imprint has firmly made its mark on the UK’s drum & bass scene since its inception in 2011, something the crew showed us at their high-charged Room Three debut in 2018. This time, they bring their instrumental-inclined sound to Room Two, with a series of back-to-back sets as the night’s focus: Dispatch artist Fre4knc faces off with Flexout staples QZB and Arkaik, while Bredren and Philth also share the decks. Amoss link up with Survey, Charli Brix and Bassi join forces, while Data 3 finally rounds off the bill. Joe Raygun and Sense share the mic.

Soulvent Records are back in Room Three, inviting their usual cast of next generation talents. Last time we welcomed the crew they took over the space for their milestone 5th birthday celebrations, and their next takeover promises more of the same blend of futurist liquid funk and upfront D&B. Preparing for his EC1 debut is Terror, who lines up against Jolliffe. In:Most, Walk:r, Dilemma, the team’s residents, Siege and Paleblu all prepare to return to round off a weighty FABRICLIVE celebrating the current and future of drum & bass.

FABRICLIVE – The Home of UK Underground Music.

Advance tickets are now available via RA, including limited £10 early bird tickets:

fabric is an over 19s venue
Please remember to bring ID with you. No ID, no Entry.
fabric operates a zero tolerance policy to drugs. Anyone found with illegal drugs will be banned from the venue and reported to the police

sv062: winter soul 2019 VA EP (out now)

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With Winter looming large here in London, we aim to ease the coming cold, wet and unwelcome chill with the next instalment of our Season Soul compilation; back in full effect. We present to you 8 tracks, with some returning artists on the label like Monika, Conrad Subs and Luna, along with some fresh global talent to liven the pool.

New boy Noble’s opener, ‘Go’, is a think-break laden roller with bags of tropical percussion that will take you away from the dreary drudge of winter. The gritty sub bass ladened, ‘Cerebral Bore’, from Sao Paulo based producer Black Opps is low-down, deep & minimal.

Following on from his recent foray on Soulvent with his latest single, ‘Rocket Sprocket’, Monika gives us a sun-drenched, chord laden roller entitled ‘Freedom’, brimming with luscious pianos and big double bass plucks. Cologne-based producers Matt View, Marvel Cinema return to the label, teaming up with T:Base to deliver us a shimmering salvo, ‘Shining Sea’ and we also see the return of Conrad Subs, who recently featured on our 5 Years of Soulvent Records compilation album, with his heater of a track, aptly named ‘Bonfire’.

Long time fan, first time caller, Iklektix makes his Soulvent debut bringing through some additional soulful flavours with his track ‘So Real’ alongside Bert H and Elle Chante’s offering, ‘Flood Of Emotions’. To round things off, Luna returns to the Seasonal Soul series with his track ‘Bush Fire’, a nightmarish blend of distorted basslines and classic chopped breaks

Kick the cold into touch with our Winter Soul 2019 EP. Available to stream/download from 22nd November.

svr podcast: episode 18 (hosted by mike drop)

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For this month’s episode we switch up the style with Mike Drop going it alone for the first time.
Soulvent’s resident DJ takes the opportunity to share with you some of his favourite tunes, old and new.
Hopefully you hear something you haven’t before, or something you really liked but had forgotten about.

Mike also gives you a run down on where you can see your favourite Soulvent Artists playing at shows in the next few weeks.

We hope you enjoy listening to this one as much as Mike enjoyed recording it.

See you next time!

Mountain – Roar
Break – Excuses
Royalston X Etherwood – Eyes On Me
Nu:Tone – Second Connection
Utah Jazz – Quincy
Hybrid Minds – Higher Love ft. Charlotte Haining
In:Most X Changing Faces – Soft Spoken ft. Charli Brix
Nu:Tone – Jet Stream ft. Talc
LSB – About Tonight
Siege MC – Overdue ft. Hiraeth
Pola & Bryson – Stolen Glances ft. Sammie Bella
Askel & Elere – Distance
Roy Green & Protone – You Did This ft. Dual
Motiv – Little Lover
Dr. Rubberfunk – Trouble Woman ft. Roachford (Featurecast Remix)
Seba x Paradox – Move On ft. Robert Manos

sv061: mountain – cold breath ep (out now)

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With recent releases on High Tea Music and InfluenzaMedia, now returning to Soulvent with a formidable 4 track EP, we gladly welcome back one of our most exciting producers: Shigeta Kamiyama AKA Mountain. Fresh from collaborating with another of Japan’s hottest drum & bass exports Makoto on his new album Tomodachi Sessions, Mountain firmly reminds us why his production is so enjoyable with his new EP, entitled Cold Breath. The producer’s playful approach to the genre is fully explored throughout the project, and was certainly worth the wait!

The opening acoustic guitar intro of Stillness brings a cathartic energy, later accompanied by subtle percussion and atmospheric sounds. The result is a chunky cacophony of high quality drum sections, warm synths and thrumming sub bass. This feel-good number is certain to bring smiles and energy on the dancefloor with its flute-like melody drop rounding out the track perfectly.

Title track Cold Breath releases its way into a tasteful, moving chord progression, where jazz-tinged piano gives way to Mountain’s satisfying sliced vocal cuts. The huge lead synth is backed by a Rustie-esque mix of drums and arpeggiated awesomeness, resulting in a seriously satisfying halftime groove.

Roar has a serene and warming intro that belies what is to come. Plucking synths and measured, twanging strings bubble nicely. The drop brings the familiar deep bursts of synth that we have seen on previous Mountain releases and catchy, high-end top line that seems to reach for miles.

Lastly, Supernova bursts into life with punchy drums and a relaxed organ melody. The 32-bar breakdown before the first drop takes you on a journey, culminating in an expansive drop that is littered with drawn out progression. Filled with glistening melodies, contrasted with a solid syncopated bassline, this track is sure to bring the twinkle to any ravers eye.

Available in all good stores on the 18th of October, we recommend you sample the dizzying heights of this latest offering from Mountain.