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.
This month’s episode sees resident DJ Mike Drop return to the decks, with Jack ‘Pola’ Higgins on hosting duties. Jack gives you some of his memorable moments from recent shows, including: 5 Years of Soulvent – Manchester, Hospitality In The Park and Sun & Bass. Mike Drop brings some of his favourite tunes right now as well as some sklewsivz for your listening pleasure.
As always, we hope you enjoy!
Monika – Rocket Sprocket
Mark Dinimal – Thinking Of You
Pola & Bryson – Running In The Dark ft. Ruth Royall
Low:r – Switchback
Dilemma – Anticlimax
Silence Groove – Moon That Never Sets
Bcee – Black Sky ft. Thomas Oliver (Lenzman Remix)
Makoto – Shine On Through ft. Mountain & Karina Ramage
Alexvnder – Holding You
Peshay & Sense – Tell Me
Lenzman – Pictures Of You ft. DRS
Combine – ID
London Elektricity – Song In The Key Of Knife (VIP)
Monika – Heaven ft. Askel & Critical Event
Hugh Hardie – Raindrops ft. Cimone
LQ – Show Me
Mountain – Supernova
Maxwell ‘Monika’ Sweeney should certainly not be an uncommon name to fans of our output by now. After birthing our own Podcast last year in June, the man himself led the charge for a solid 12 months, with his format for the show seeing guests delve into their influences. There was no shortage of interesting choices and outcomes, much like the New Zealand resident’s production. While his last EP, Fortress, was an exploration into more down-tempo and ambient territory, Rocket Sprocket marks Max’s 5th release on Soulvent with a high octane return to the realms of drum & bass – and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
A-side Rocket Sprocket blasts off with a click heavy break, counting down to launch sequence start. Bubbling pads make room for tasty crunches of low-end, with techy synth stabs and distant chimes providing progression over the top of a high energy, squelching sub bassline. This track is a notable shift from his normal aural output, but in no way is this a bad thing!
Wake Up on the flip starts with a rousing vocal sample and features Monika’s trademark percussion progression. No drowsy drums on show here! You are awoken from the peacefulness of the airy first breakdown with a no-nonsense, full-bodied bassline. As the vocal harmonies develop, we’re introduced to a murmuring top line arp in the run up to the second breakdown, that allows you to catch your breath before you’re dropped back into the depths of that expansive bassline.
Available in all good stores from the 20th of September, we implore you not to dawdle on this one Comrade. Wake up and smell the tunes!
We bring you Episode 16 of the Soulvent Records podcast. This time hosted by Mike Drop and Paleblu with the mixing. We talk through our upcoming release, our next event (& competition!) and what the team got up to over the scorching bank holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we enjoyed making it.
Until next time!
Terror – Feels The Same ft. Obi Franky
Ill Truth & Satl – In Your Soul ft. Charli Brix (Lenzman Remix)
Askel & Elere – Coincidences
Dave Owen – Pensive
Etherwood – Begin By Letting Go (Whiey Remix)
Pola & Bryson – Bad Habit
Terror – Our Way ft. Florence Rawlings
Digital Artifacts – Retinal Flooding ft. Lovely
Siege MC – Heathens ft. Visionobi & Curricula
Wreckless – Welcome To The Real World
In:Most – Uh! ft. Walk:r
AC13 – Drag Race
ID – ID
Terence & Philip – DNB Religion ft. KT Kinga
Shy FX – Original Nuttah 25 (feat. IRAH) (Chase & Status Remix)
Jolliffe – Dubplate Culture ft. MC Coppa
Pola & Bryson – Devil
Ripgroove – Double 99 (Fixate Refix)
Our next single comes from Terror, the brand new moniker of Tony Friend. No stranger to the global music scene – Tony is best known for previously being one half of North London dubstep duo Modestep. After experimenting in the realms of 140 and touring the world with various bands, we proudly present Tony’s first foray into the world of drum & bass. He will also be following up this release with his debut set at our 5 Years of Soulvent takeover in Manchester in collaboration with Kodiak Productions on 20th September.
Feels The Same combines full-bodied, melodic keys with soul-striking vocals courtesy of Obi Franky, returning with more of the same sultry goodness as previously displayed on Jolliffe’s Dubplate Culture EP. The track’s uplifting, transcendental synths are matched with warm sub bass, and will be sure to see your Summer out in the best way possible.
Our Way features tight drum sonics and heartfelt piano sections, complemented by the smooth vocals of Florence Rawlings. Rawlings, a professional jazz singer, who has previously performed at the Stuttgart Jazz open also dives head first into the world of drum & bass, with an accomplished topline to form the B-side into a classic liquid hand-raiser.
The release also contains instrumental versions of both tracks. Available in all good stores from 30th August, this is certainly not a debut release to sleep on.
Next up on the 5 Years of Soulvent tour, we’re teaming up with our pals over at Kodiak Productions, and hitting up the Brick House Social in Manchester!
Jolliffe b2b Terror
Early Bird – £3.5 (Sold out)
1st Release – £4 (Running low!)
2nd Release – £5.5
3rd Release – £7
Final Release – £8.5
OTD – £10
Finally recovered from an immense Hospitality On The Beach, Soulvent head Promo/Gas-man Joe Goss hosts this month’s episode, recapping HOTB and giving you the upcoming Soulvent news. Mike Drop continues on the buttons with some exclusive bidness from Askel & Elere.
Siege MC – Intentions ft. Echo B & Jesse Bowden
Walk:r – Stay
Askel & Elere – Once
Document One – Fortitude
Pola & Bryson – Stolen Glances ft. Sammie Bella
Silence Groove – Recondite
Shiny Radio – Panda’s Anthem
GLXY – Exposed
Bmotion – All My Love ft. Jon Lilygreen
Telomic – No Resistance ft. Visionobi
In:Most x Changing Faces – Soft Spoken ft. Charli Brix (GLXY Remix)
LQ – Running Late ft. Siege MC & MC Fava
Hugh Hardie – Lifted ft. Pola & Bryson
Low:R – Other Side ft. Anna Pancaldi
Blacklab – Do You
Monika x Allay – Kintsugi
Pola & Bryson – Night Dawns ft. Lauren Archer
Askel & Elere – Yeah Alright
Juho Kavasto and Sainey Gibba, better known as Askel & Elere, slid into the Soulvent soundscape way back in April last year with their gloriously slick single Last Leaves. The pair then followed up their debut with Once, featured on February’s 5 Years of Soulvent album. We welcome their unique sound back onto one of East London’s finest independent imprints, with a jazz infused masterclass in Finnish DnB.
Coincidences launches into gear with a rising synth and bounding bongos, which break into a luscious Rhodes. The drop sees in a chunky, pulsating synth bass and the second brings a quirky, syncopated counter-point melody that works in-step with the chords effortlessly.
Chest-plate kicks and stifling snares bring in the sweeping pads of Deluge, which collide with the trickling twinkles of piano and warm, guttural bass. The subtle strings after the second drop round out Deluge’s progression nicely. This track really shows off the duos’ understanding of space in composition.
Until She Turns Her Back begins with a simpler approach, and will straight up have you reaching for your double bass air-plucks in the dance. This bad boy bassline takes centre stage, underpinned by a straightforward rolling break, while the seemingly random keys solo in the breakdown simply ooze class.
Last up, title-track Yeah Alright closes out the EP in foreboding fashion. With creepy vocal samples reminiscent of Portal & Half Life, and big lurching subs, this one is a certified head-nodder.
The Yeah Alright EP will be available in all good digital stores from the 9th of August, and we reckon it’s just what your Summer was missing.