SOLA is a Drum & Bass trio comprised of James, Robbie and Paul. They have releases on Ram's sister label Program, Formation, Korsakov Music, Dance Concept, Gorilla Warfare, Dub Damage, Deep In The Jungle, Nuusic, Boomslang, Riot Dubs, Druid Records, Heads Bass and their own imprint Grand Theft Audio.
Diversity being at the very heart of their love for DnB, Sola make music from across the whole Drum & Bass/ Jungle spectrum. From choppy jungle to dancefloor smashers, liquid rollers to tearout neuro slappers, Sola love all things DnB and that pure love comes across in their music.
James and Robbie are based in Manchester, UK and are currently taking bookings for performances as Sola. Paul is based is in Victoria, Australia.
For all bookings/ enquiries please email Soladnb@gmail.com
Review: The hardest working troupe to come out of Manchester in recent years, Grand Theft Audio bossmen Sola finally reveal their debut album. Proud champions of all styles and subgenres of drum & bass, their album 'Stars Align' brings together everything the trio are about... And plenty more. Highlights include the absolutely firing Latin banger 'Pico De Gallo', the glitchy Opiou-inspired cosmic beats piece 'Turncloak' and the absolutely firing 'Amazonia' which brings together pretty much every flavour of D&B all in one track. All this and plenty more, Sola have delivered something very special right here.
Sola & Sammie Hall - "Hands Of Time" - (5:21) 174 BPM
Review: Feeling blue? Don't worry, Riot Dubs have got you covered with these soul soothing emotional breezers from old friends and new. Akas and Duoscience are on hand with two introspective work-outs but Georgia Phoenix and Sola bring voice-of-the-moment Sammie Hall into the blend, top and tailing the EP with two massive vocal stand-out jams. 'Glass' is a yearning hit of triumph while 'Hands Of Time' signs us out with some epic deep space funk feels. Stunning.
Review: Grand Theft Audio 50 LP is the largest project in the label's history; a 50 track album featuring 25 brand new ones, and another 25 from their extensive back catalogue. They released them over four editions in late 2021,but here it is in its full entirety and, again, we'd like to stress that it's a whopping 50 tracks! From the fierce breakbeat science of Sl8r & Somebody Else's "Facking Jungle M8", to the dark side jump-up of Nothing To Lose & Echidna's "Cyclops" (Intraspekt remix), the widescreen cinematic rhythms of Cynical Gene's "Emerge" and Nvrsoft & Sola's emotive vocal drum 'n' bass roller "Falling" - there's plenty more where they came on the Manchester label's impressive celebratory compilation.
Review: As we see a radical takeover of a beautiful nation and its people take place - there's a melodic drum and bass label out there to remind us that wrongful occupation is not cool. In our thoughts is a hopeful swathe of liquid drum and bass, dub, and progression music,wIth some tear-out feature numbers appearing in tracks by Sola, Nagz and CLIQUES. Really this compilation is about its liquid sentiment, and on that tip we recommend Higher (Than)'s "Show Me The Future", Cyber Posix's "Regrets" and the subtleties fo Metcalf's "Skulk". Dope.
Review: Ready for the remix! Sola and Sammie Hall's massive 'Dreaming' EP gets the remix treatment from a whole slew of talents. Aries lights the fire with a killer twist on 'Close To You' as the euphoric intro drops into something very dark and foreboding. He's in good company as many other step up with fresh new versions: Rowney shows off his deep and uplifting side on 'Dreaming Of You', Grand Theft Audio's own Vektral adds a whole new level of electrified grit to 'The Stars', American rising talent Airglo takes us around the solar system with his take on 'Lost In The Moment' while Jfal closes the EP with a savage tear-up twist on 'Hangar'. Bumping.
Sola - "Can't Let Go" (feat Sammie Hall) - (4:15) 172 BPM
Sola - "Lost In The Moment" (feat Sammie Hall) - (5:20) 174 BPM
Sola - "Dreaming Of You" (instrumental) - (5:18) 172 BPM
Sola & Jfal - "Another Lesson" (feat Sammie Hall - extended vocal edit) - (4:57) 172 BPM
Review: Bringing the feels: Grand Theft Audio bosses Sola link up with the ever-present skills of songwriter Sammie Hall for five barbed soul originals that are all steeped in heavy emotion. 'Close To You' sets the scene with a fastlane bassline, Hybrid Minds style keys and Sammie pouring her heart out. Elsewhere 'Dreaming Of You' takes us up above the clouds, 'Another Lesson' is a contemplative, piano-laced cut drifter, 'Can't Let Go' is the big dancefloor bruiser while 'Lost In The Moment' plays the all-important lighter-raising moment. Something for every stage of your set, Sola and Sammie have smashed this one.
Review: Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray a drop of golden sun. That's The Sound Of Music, circa 1965. Boh, a banger, an absolute banger. Whey, a drop of golden gunfingers. That's the 'Sound Of Nuusic', circa right about now as the Manchester based label let rip with their third V/A experience. Now an annual thing for the label, it's their biggest collection yet as it's super-charged with blaze-ups from the best in the new-gen game. From Sl8r's opener to Conrad Subs' grand VIP finale by way of cuts from the likes of Teej, Sola, Kuma, Epicentre, Kumarachi, Motiv, Selecta J-Man and many more on-point future headlining names, this isn't just the sound of Nuusic, it's the sound of now.