After teaming up with Hospital Records for a collaborative album early this year, Soulvent Records has dropped their second various album of the year.
Soulvent; the name suggests the ethos the label stands for. Championing the soulful side of drum & bass for nearly a decade, Soulvent Records is hailed as one of the best DnB labels that the scene has to offer. Incepted by Jack Pola from Pola & Bryson, Joe Goss, and Liam Holyoak-Racka in 2013, the label commenced its journey by putting out music that had an impeccable balance of liquid and dancefloor drum & bass music.
Raising their output year-on-year while maintaining supreme quality control, Soulvent Records branched into the experimental side of drum & bass music. Making their debut release with BMotion, the label has consistently brought fresh talent on the label and giving them one of the best platforms in DnB to champion their music.
Releasing albums from In:Most, Askel & Elere, and Mountain, while bringing in names like Jam Thieves, PAV4N, and Unglued, to name a few, Soulvent Records has had a fantastic last few years. This year’s highlights include a collaborative album with Hospital Records, where both labels teamed up for 14 reworks of a selection of classics from the Hospital and Soulvent catalog. The album was followed up by Hugh Hardie signing exclusively with Soulvent – an artist who is known to be one of the hottest properties in drum & bass.
Closing their year in style, Soulvent Records has brought label regulars and newcomers alike on an elegantly shaped 20-track various artists album called ‘Soul Music 2022’; a yearly ritual since the label started, now back after the break it took in 2021. The album features tunes from seven different countries, showcasing the diversity in drum & bass, as well as its rapidly scaling global reach.
‘Soul Music 2022’ begins with Spearhead Records boss BCee making his first appearance on the label with American powerhouse T.R.A.C. for a vibrant vocal-led tune. Fresh off of penning his signature to the label, Hugh Hardie collaborates with In:Most for a hypnotic slice of drum & bass. Teaming up with San Francisco-based Shibumi’s penchant for the deep and gritty, label regulars Askel & Elere deliver a pulsating roller on Alpheratz, while Data 3 return to the label after three years with a sinister number called ‘Foundation.’
Jappa, who featured on the first edition of the compilation, delivers debut track on the label, ‘Clash,’ a deep and funky re-spin, before Vektah and vocalist phenomenon Ruth Royall come charging at us with a mix of dark and elegant on ‘What I Want.’ Dunk, the former half of Brazilian duo Jam Thieves comes with ‘Donkey Kong,’ featuring his funk-drive punches, before Japanese talent Mountain takes us on an inter-galactic ride on ‘Cosmos.’
Sri Lankan producer IYRE makes his debut on Soulvent Records with ‘Drifting Sideways’ – a tune that defines his immersive approach to production. Masked man Jaguar Skills brings some skiddery footwork on the compilation with ‘Big Time’ before In:Most add their elemental deep and dark sound laced with some razor-sharp drum work for a tune called ‘Waldo.’ Next up is Beeson and the legendary Dynamite MC bringing a giant wall of sound that is sure the smash the dancefloor with ‘Til 4am.’ Danish duo Octavate make their debut on the label with turbo-charged bass gurgles on ‘Jengu.’
Creatures, who is known for rolling drum & bass, teams up with Visionobi for ‘Child Of The Abyss.’ Another debutant, Impartial takes us on a swirling journey with ‘Flow State’ before Screamarts brings his experimental blushes on ‘Everyday.’ Aydn, with ‘Algorithm,’ moves away from his soulful style with a delicious blend of drawn-out bass texture and a gritty uppercut. Paleblu and Kray, who recently started teaming up to make music, come with a stylish take on ‘Want Me.’ Finally, Jon Tho and Son bring the album to a close with their ‘Echoes Of Nothing’ and ‘Sequoia,’ featuring the trademark Soulvent fashion of merging soul and dancefloor with an orchestral touch.
Grab your copy of ‘Soul Music 2022’ HERE