- 24.07.2014 06:36:52 from Facebook: My set in the Godskitchen Arena at GlobalGathering 2014 tomorrow is live broadcasted on Be-At TV! Click here for the live stream & more info: http://www.be-at.tv/brands/global-gathering/globalgathering-2014-godskitchen-stage/solarstone [more]
- 24.07.2014 02:20:53 from Facebook: Next week! Solarstone pres. Pure Trance in Ibiza - the first of 3 exclusive shows at Sunk Ibiza. If you like it Pure, this is the place to be this summer on the White Isle :) [more]
- 23.07.2014 11:35:17 from Facebook: Would you like to win 2 entrance tickets to see me play at 20th edition of Dance Valley on August 2nd? Here's your chance! Simply name 5 artists/tracks that are featured on my new compilation ' Electronic Architecture 3' in the comments below - out of the correct answers, I will pick one lucky winner by July 27th. Good luck & hope to see you in the Valley :-) [more]
- 23.07.2014 07:20:25 from Facebook: These photos say it all - what an amazing night it was last Friday during Solarstone pres. Pure Trance in Home Nightclub Sydney! [more]
- 22.07.2014 03:27:30 from Facebook: This is what you have to say about #EA3. Thank you all for this amazing feedback <3 @remarkcentral: "Electronic Architecture 3 is extraordinary and the perfect soundtrack to kick off the weekend!" @Hyzual: "I find that I love every track of Solarstone 's Electronic Architecture 3. Every. Track. If you love trance, you should check it out." @DjGoose_SA: "Electronic Architecture 3 < Absolutely awesome album!" @Mickolasmd: "When a mix feels like a missing part of you. That's #EA3 for me. Like listening to ASOT2004 for the first time. Brilliant!!!" @ArmstrongAmster: "Electronic Architecture is a masterpiece!" @Felix_Carpio_ : "Electronic Architecture is a little piece of heaven. Thank you Solarstone!" @LBRapid: "If you appreciate electronic music, do yourself a favor and buy the new Solarstone's mix compilation, EA3" @rmswr: "Playing Electronic Architecture 3 by Solarstone. Well, I say "playing" but it's more "experiencing"... Holy moly this is good!" @JoaoFmoreno: "AMAZIIIINNNG album!! :)" @Pigeonshot: "Loving EA3, brilliant album much trance love" @Tranceaholic13: " #EA3 personifies all that I love about dance music. The emotions, the soundscapes, the journey! " @Yana_Kiev: "I believe I can fly.. This feeling,when I listen to your music " @MisterJulz: "EA3 is set to be a strong candidate for best compilation this year." [more]
- 22.07.2014 03:09:25 from Facebook: The latest Solaris International bundle 'Si/2014Q2' is out now on iTunes - featuring a selection of 20 tracks handpicked & as played by me during Q2 of 2014 on your favourite radio show :-) Including music from Rischaad, Walsh & McAuley, Future Disciple, Bryan Kearney, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Sean Tyas, Will Atkinson, Blister 13.0, Activa, Sneijder, Driftmoon and many more. Grab your copy today & get 20 quality tunes for only €6.99 [more]
- 22.07.2014 12:30:30 from Facebook: Welcome guys & girls to Solaris International #417, right now on Afterhours.FM. Listen online via http://ah.fm/player, hope you enjoy the show! Here's the tracklist: [more]
- 22.07.2014 11:37:15 from Facebook: Tonight in Solaris International #417 new music from Blister 13.0, Nils Frahm, Joint Operation Centre, Eco, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Ultimate & Moonsouls & many more on Afterhours.FM at 7PM! This week we're back with the live tracklist on Facebook & Twitter, if you want to join me during the show make sure to use #Si417 :) [more]
- 22.07.2014 11:17:23 from Facebook: Join me at #FSOE350 in August! very happy to be part of this massive anniversary tour for 4 shows in San Salvador, New York, Buenos Aires and London :) [more]
- 21.07.2014 11:03:49 from Facebook: [more]
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Solarstone & Orkidea - Slowmotion III
A tradition that’s unofficially linked their last 4 years with a 3-strong arc of ‘Slowmotion’ tracks, each has augured a major new Solarstone or Orkidea release or project. As the first purpose-produced track from his forthcoming, keenly anticipated ‘Electronic Architecture³’compilation, No. ‘III’ in the series is no different. Together the pair deliver another piece of righteously dark, long and supremely strong subterranean-minded trance.
Solarstone & Orkidea are back to strike three for three with the latest in their sequential ‘Slowmotion’ series. The pair’s Original Mix steams from port through coolly undulated bass waves and casually swelled 80s-edged synthesis, tipping a blasé vocal salute to arch synth-masters Yello as it embarks.
Churning those waters ever deeper, female siren-song harmonies heighten its atmosphere, before Richard & Tapio channel the track into the glockenspiel-like orchestral chime of the break. With the tempo’s dial securely locked to trance-progressive, ‘Slowmotion III” proceeds to deliver one laser-lit FX tweak, frisson-filled sequential development and masterfully delivered key change after another.
Putting the capital ‘E’ in ‘Epic’, Orkidea’s version-excursion extends to a full 13 and a ½ minutes of imaginatively produced and complexly arranged electronic music. Into his extended high-on-drama intro, the Fin pours dystopian bass & sporadic drums patterns into long, near filmic synth sequences. Throbbing with an atmospherically brooding menace, Orkidea then engages the 4/4 drums, builds up ‘Slowmotion III’s retro-futuristic female vocals and draws it out, seemingly infinitely, into progressive-house submersion. For his take, Solarstone’s lightens the Original Mix’s netherworld tones by degrees. Increasing the drive shaft behind the production and using a fresh raft of 80s inspired FX, he binds the call of the vocal, the panning shift of the chiming sub-riff and the ethereal sweep of its mainline atmosphere decisively into the mix.
Pure mood-food for those that like to explore the dark underbelly of trance, Slowmotion III is out now
Solarstone - Electronic Architecture³
3 years is a long time in dance music… Time & space can appear to move that much faster still if you’ve spent it crusading the cause of Pure Trance, reclaiming your place as one of the world’s hottest 100 DJs in the process. It’s exactly that interval since Electronic Architecture – Solarstone’s much praised, IDMA-nominated, boundary breaking music-vs-art project - series received its second (or ²Squared) edition.
With Pure Trance catalysing club floors globally, Solarstone now picks up the Electronic Architecture story with this, its extraordinary trilogy-completing outing. The release, now boosted into a triangulation of three mixes, provides the long-awaited bridge back into ‘EA’s standalone dominion. Containing music from returning Architects, it also features many debutante engineers - subjects of the influence of the first two albums audio & imagery. With mix#1’s tone, tempo and technique tracking the first album’s progressive/trance compression, the second finds Solarstone integrating Pure Trance motifs into ‘EA’s sonic ethic. Solarstone is an artist who musically always has something fresh to ‘say’. Underlining that, with its third disc he becomes the first headlining DJ to shine a light on a new, audibly emerging electronic music subculture.
Pre-order here on iTunes
‘Electronic Architecture³’ features new audio from respected names like 16 Bit Lolitas, Basil O’Glue, Orkidea and – naturally – the man himself. It also includes exclusively made remixes of tracks that were origin influences for the series as well as inspired fold-returns for artists like the immortal Salt Tank. For this edition, alumni names from the first two releases are also back on EA’s campus. In the mix comes brand new music from returnee Architects inc. Nick Stoynoff, Konektiv, Alucard, and the album also mix-exhibits work from a completely new class of sound shapers & designers. Accept no gimmicks, contrivances or devices; this music is pure of essence, sound of mind and again ready to redesign dance music’s skyline.
On the creation of EA, Solarstone said “To tapestrate the deep & immersive sounds of Disc 1, the melodic Pure energy of Disc 2 & the slow-motion soundscapes of Disc 3 was a true labour of love for me. Commissioning bespoke edits from the artists themselves and my own reconstructions in a combined endeavour to create a fluid, multi-layered mix resulted in this 3rd volume of Electronic Architecture; so spend some time getting to know & love these inspired tracks, reconstructions & transitions.”
#Mix1 picks up precisely where the '²Squared’ edition left off. Harmonically mixing with an unprecedented seamlessness, Richard lays down its foundations. Tracking trance & progressive’s endlessly enthralling margin, the epic ‘Beat Organ’ from 16 Bit Lolitas’ and Soarsweep’s melodic ‘Thistle’ collectively presage the latest from Basil O’Glue. Possibly one of the ‘EA’ school’s most notable ‘graduates’, he wows with the astronomically minded sonics of ‘Seven Sages’. To the mix Solarstone & Orkidea then deliver the third in their sub-series of ‘Slowmotion’ releases, which dovetails into Guy J deep, relentless rework of Ambassador ’99 classic ‘The Fade’. Bringing the disc to a head, ‘Monoposto’ from Mexico’s Konektiv and Gai Barone’s ‘Metal Jaws’ bookend Solarstone’s steel-strong EA-exclusive ‘Nothing But Chemistry Here’.
With ‘EA³’ foundation bedrock well in position, #Mix2 sends the sound vertical, developing the release’s geometric superstructure. Dawning with the incredible ‘EA³’ Reconstruction of Forerunners’ 2007 ‘Lifecycle’, its opening minutes also deliver Allende’s much-sought remix of Salt Tank’s hiatus-ending ‘Phoenix’. With Pure Trance running through its veins, the mix’s arteries are on fire with tracks like The Thrillseekers upcoming ‘This Is All We Have’, the distorted blaze of Eco’s ‘One Day’, the deliciously moody contrast of Orkidea’s ‘Purity’ and Solarstone’s own Retouch mix of summer-burst ‘4Ever’.
#Mix3 brings something completely new to the ‘EA’s DNA, showcasing trance & progressive music currently being cultivated by a small but dedicated label/studio axis. It’s the Electronic Architecture sound-spectra you know, but at tempos never previously recorded. Bringing the final shapes, shards and sounds to ‘EA³’, the mix includes album-exclusive reworks of many of the its crop, inc. O'Glue’s ‘Seven Sages’, Barone’s ‘Metal Jaws’, Rischaad’s ‘Razorbeam’ and others. It also features ‘Awakening’ from Winkee (one of the subculture’s early propagators), the oceanic dive of Alexey Muravyev’s ‘Evening Surf’ and ‘Dedication, Loyalty’ from modern-classical composer Nils Frahm. Drums, bass, synths all remain, but at 100bpm tempos, bringing the tracks fresh dimensions and envisioning an entirely new meet-point between ambient & trance.
Triangulating three different sides of Electronic Architecture into one extraordinary mix-comp, Solarstone delivers the series’ third masterpiece. The corridors of sounds will never be quite the same again. ‘Electronic Architecture³’ is unveiled July 7.
Solarstone ‘Electronic Architecture³’
01. Daniel Avery - Platform Zero (EA3 Edit)
02. Soarsweep - Thistle (EA3 Reconstruction)
03. Mistol Team - Algorrobal (EA3 Reconstruction)
04. 16 Bit Lolitas - Beat Organ
05. Trent McDermott - For What It's Worth
06. Basil O'Glue - Seven Sages (EA3 Reconstruction)
07. Solarstone & Orkidea - Slowmotion III
08. Ambassador - The Fade (Guy J Remix)
09. Blister 13.0 - Sin Ojos (Oliver Prime Remix In Blue)
10. Nick Stoynoff - You're OK (EA3 Reconstruction)
11. Konektiv – Monoposto
12. Rischaad – Razorbeam
13. Solarstone - Nothing But Chemistry Here
14. Philthy Chit - Colours (EA3 Reconstruction)
15. Gai Barone - Metal Jaws (EA3 Edit)
01. Forerunners - Lifecycle (Foundation EA3 Reconstruction)
02. Tom Bro – Memories
03. Salt Tank - Phoenix (Allende Remix)
04. Liam Wilson - Kiss (EA3 Edit)
05. Alexey Muravyev - Evening Surf (EA3 Edit)
06. Orkidea – Purity
07. Nils Frahm - Dedication, Loyalty (EA3 Edit)
08. Danny Stubbs - Red Orbit (EA3 Reconstruction)
09. Winkee – Awakening
10. Outer Pulse - Ethereal Glyph (Solarstone Retouch)
11. Solarstone - 4Ever (Solarstone Retouch)
12. Ultimate - Imagination (EA3 Reconstruction)
13. The Thrillseekers - This Is All We Have
14. Eco - One Day (EA3 Reconstruction)
01. Alexey Muravyev - Evening Surf (Slow)
02. Basil O'Glue - Seven Sages (Slow)
03. Tonal Axis – Rainfall
04. Liam Wilson - Kiss (Slow)
05. Solarstone & Hannah Magenta - Swansong (EA3 Reconstruction)
06. Rischaad - Razorbeam (Slow)
07. Danny Stubbs - Red Orbit (Slow)
08. Philthy Chit - Colours (Slow)
09. Gai Barone - Metal Jaws (Slow)
10. Winkee - Awakening (Slow)
11. Alucard - Autumn Breeze
12. Nils Frahm - Dedication, Loyalty
Solarstone pres. Pure Trance touring Australia this Summer!
Solarstone & JES - Like A Waterfall (Pure Mix)
When originally released in 2006, the seminal 'Like A Waterfall' from Solarstone & JES turned heads & hearts, and became a dearly beloved 'classic' to many. Now, with his 'Pure Trance' flag flying at full mast, Solarstone has revisited & refined the track, resulting in two beautiful club mixes for the discerning trance lover. His 'Pure Mix' brings the song bang up-to-date with it's driving persistent groove, evocative melodies and precision-delivery of that rapturous chorus. For instrumental lovers Solarstone focuses on the melodic piano elements in his 'Cascading Pure Dub'. As if that were not enough, after months of tastemaker-teasing and having acquired almost mythical status, the wonderful Eco Remix finally gets a full release. This is music for life.
A Pure treatment for Giuseppe's ' I Am Your Shadow '
For ‘Magenta’s next single transmission, musical maestro Giuseppe Ottaviani has teamed up with Dmitry Dmitriev, better known as Russian trance progressive producer Audiocells. Completing the release’s super troupe is vocalist Shannon Hurley and together they’ve conspired to create something a little bit low-slung and deliciously mood filled!! This is ‘I Am Your Shadow’.
Singer Shannon Hurley (who’s previously toplined tracks for Alex M.O.R.P.H., Tenishia, Andy Duguid, Protoculture and others) brings no small amount of vocal haunt and mystique to her lyrical lines and vocal intonations. Giuseppe underpins them with one of his typically thrusting, sinuous productions, while Audio Cells supply their darkly more atmospheric trance-progressive top layer to further shade ‘Magenta’s palette.
Over in remix-ville, Solarstone’s Pure Mix light a brighter path for ‘Shadow’, while electro-edged buzz and EDM frission provide the respective primers for Heatbeat’s equally stunning rework. Listen to Solarstone's Pure Mix here:
Giuseppe Ottaviani & Audiocells ft Shannon Hurley - I Am Your Shadow (Solarstone Pure Mix) is out now on Black Hole Recordings.
Iko - Heart of Stone (Solarstone Pure Mixes)
You might already know the artist. You may very well have heard the track. And if you’re a devotee of vampires, werewolves, et al, the odds go through the roof that the bewitching ‘Heart of Stone’ has already found its way to you ears. Joining the respected likes of Green Day, Ellie Goulding & Skrillex, Iko’s track first appeared on the soundtrack for the final chapter of The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn. Through its inclusion the two-piece melodic rock group’s breakthrough has won them new fans in places far and wide - among them is a certain English pure trance practitioner!
(Out through Black Hole Recordings, March 17th 2014)
Turning the bewitching into the entrancing, through his Pure rework, Solarstone spins ‘Heart of Stone’ to face the club floor. Bringing it into the electronic music realm, he energizes it with a hallmark Pure Trance production. Running 4/4 drums, throbbing rocky bass guitar lines, echoing atmospheric effects and haunting keyboard lines all charge its frontend.
In the drop he conveys the complex power of Iko singer Kieran Scragg’s wrought lyrics & ethereal vocals and Neil Reed’s pensive castaway pianoforte into the mix. Contrasting their collective emotion with the ascension of his mix’s lead line, he turns its angst-like feel into something altogether more euphoric and uplifting.
Solarstone’s Pure Mix of Iko’s ‘Heart Of Stone’ is released on Pure Trance Recordings, Monday 17th of March.
01. IKO ‘Heart Of Stone’ (Solarstone Pure Mix)
02. IKO ‘Heart Of Stone’ (Solarstone ‘Can’t Forget You’ Pure Dub)
03. IKO ‘Heart Of Stone’ (Solarstone Pure Radio Edit)
Solarstone - Pure Deluxe EP
Especially for those DJ's in need of Solarstone, the Pure Deluxe Edition EP features 4 tracks taken from the new iTunes LP Deluxe edition of his latest artist album Pure, providing almost 4 hours of Solarstone listening/viewing experiences.
(Available on Beatport on Black Hole Recordings, 17th February 2014)
The Pure Deluxe Edition EP kicks off with Suncatcher's melodic, thermic take on 'Fireisland' (with Aly & Fila), followed by the Extended Mix of the celestially gazing 'Voyager', which masses its booming drums to pulsate the speakers for a heart-in-mouth outer space ride. Peter Hulsmans' epic 9+ minute journeyman mix is a previously unreleased gem. With the Billy McGruddy-vocalled 'Shake The Demons', Richard re-establishes one of the most talked-about connections from his 'Touchstone' album. Following the club hits 'Electric Love' and 'Is There Anyone Out There', the pair's latest co-production extends a different tone. With both Healium and Namatjira having turned in first-class remixes of 'Shake The Demons', the Pure Deluxe Edition EP has plenty of Solarstone to enjoy.
'Pure (Deluxe Edition EP)' is out on Beatport February 17, all other portals March 3.
01: Solarstone with Aly & Fila - Fireisland (Suncatcher Remix)
02: Solarstone - Voyager (Extended Mix)
03: Solarstone - Voyager (Peter Hulsmans Remix)
04: Solarstone with Bill McGruddy - Shake The Demons (Healium Remix)
05: Solarstone with Bill McGruddy - Shake The Demons (Namatjira Remix)
Pure - The Deluxe Edition
With ‘Pure’, his third studio album, Solarstone entered a major new phase in his DJ’ing, producing, singing and songwriting career. The collection heralded his frontline return and was the first gleaming of what has gone on to become the Pure Trance movement. Featuring musical co-productions with artists like Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani and vocal team-ups with singers including Betsie Larkin, Clare Stagg and Hannah Magenta, two months on from its initial release it became his bestselling album to date.
Now, after the singles, their remixes, the ‘Pure’ tour gigs and the other significant events the release set in motion, Black Hole Recordings has consolidated all its parts into the definitive multimedia edition of the album. Featuring full length extended mixes of each of its 13 tracks, ‘Pure - The Deluxe Edition’ also now includes a panoramically remixed alternative vision of the album. With remakes from artists including John O’Callaghan, Bryan Kearney, Suncatcher, Peter Hulsman and others, it brings many a new vista. Also included are the incredible YouTube view-baiting videos of single smashes ‘Falcons’, ‘Voyager’ and ‘Lovers’, as well as empty orchestra versions for Solarstone lyric-lovers.
Part by part, track-by-track and video-by-video, ‘Pure - The Deluxe Edition’ builds into the criterion, no-stone-left-unturned album edition. No Solarstone fan’s collection will be complete without it.
'Pure - The Deluxe Edition' is now available exclusivily through iTunes: http://bitly.com/PureDeLuxe
Solaris International pres. Si/2013Q4 now available
Solaris International pres. Si/2013Q4 now available The new Si/2013Q4 bundle features a selection of 20 beautiful and melodic tracks hand-picked by Solarstone from the playlist of Si during the 4th quarter of 2013.
A collection of music to open your mind to, close your eyes to, and ultimately live your life to.
Out now all major download portals.
Solarstone launches Pure Trance Recordings
Having championed the true sound and nature of trance music from his very first release, the last 24 months have seen Solarstone drive those ethics back to the top of the genre’s agenda. Through his music, mix-comps, radio show and breath-stealing DJ performances, he has preached the Pure gospel and modernized its origin sound. Now he is now thrilled to begin 2014 by announcing the launch, in partnership with esteemed Dutch music house Black Hole, of Pure Trance Recordings.
The next natural progression in the movement, Pure Trance Recordings’ manifesto couldn’t be more definitive. The label will bring to club floors and festival speakers the very finest, highest quality, purely refined, intoxicating, hypnotizing trance from the scene’s most gifted music makers.
On announcing the birth of Pure Trance Recordings, Solarstone said: “The label is a natural next step in giving this music a visible platform”.
The last few months have been exceptional ones in the career of DJ, producer, composer and vocalist Solarstone. Fresh from rocking a sold out Pure Trance showcase at ADE 2013, he re-entered DJ Mag Top 100 DJs chart, and even more recently came #2 (behind Armin van Buuren) in the annual TrancePodium awards’, Producer of the Year cat.
Now, building on that success, January 20th sees the christening of the Pure Trance Recordings label. The imprint’s debut comes from the studio of hotly tipped production duo Miikka Leinonen and Juraj Klička, better know these days as Driftmoon. Having drawn hard props from some of the best-known DJs in trance for their releases on Enhanced Recordings, Armada Music and others, they mark PT001 with the enthralling trance immersion of ‘Howl At The Moon’. The release is completed by Solarstone’s Retouch remix, which (per DJ Mag) “adds his running/pummelling b-line hallmark and further beefs up the payoff”. The magazine goes on to call it “an impressive opener” for the label. Hot on Driftmoon’s heels will come new music from other longstanding Solarstone/Pure Trance centurions, including Finland’s Winkee and Hungary’s Elfsong.
You can get your first taste of Pure Trance Recordings fare by clicking this link.
Solarstone ft. Lemon - Lovers (Music Video)
Across its Original versions, 'Lovers' is a knowing glance back by Solarstone at his formative musical years. Its production and vocals draw affectionate inspiration from a wide artistic palette, with Erasure, Depeche Mode, Roxy Music and Joy Division being just some of its many touchstone influences. Featuring introspective and deeply personal lyrics & vocals from Lemon's frontman Roger D. Smith, 'Lovers' lays and layers them against crisp percussion, atmospheric analogue synths and brilliantly stagey drum rolls.
Masterfully bridging the decades Solarstone's new Pure Mix version kicks off 'Lovers' remix collection. Rushing up to meet 2014 club floors, throughout their intros they utilize high-impact kick-drums, echoing harmonics and the Pure Mixes' leitmotif running basslines. Building potent levels of tension, the vocal affects a controlled burn on the drop before Solarstone hooks the swirling atmosphere and up-surging synths back in.
Music video directed and produced by Chris Butcher, for more info on Chris visit http://www.cinely.com/chris.butcher/
Further in trance virtuoso Giuseppe Ottaviani matches the tone of the vocal, fusing a wonderfully mood-filled intro to the opening minutes of his mix. As the remix forms up for the break he introduces shards of melody before finally allowing his sun-kissed synths to dawn over the mix.
Tying up the package, longstanding Solarstone compadre Alucard sinks his teeth into a deeper mix of ‘Lovers’. The Canadian producer brews an early storm through thundery sub-tropical FX and echoed vocal snatches. Through drifting, caught-on-the-wind melodies, intense acoustic & bass guitar lines and slo-mo break-beats, he fashions a deep, sophisticated progressive trancer that sends shivers down the spine.
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Pure Trance 2: Mixed by Solarstone + Giuseppe Ottaviani
Over the last 24 months the #PureTrance movement has swept through the world of electronic music, driven by its flag-bearer, Solarstone. First outlined by its debut mix-comp (still in Beatport’s bestseller chart one year after its release), Solarstone’s now ready to bring its essence into even clearer focus. Across 2 discs and 34, often exclusive or purpose-built tracks, Pure Mixes and Retouches, Solarstone and fellow Pure practitioner Giuseppe Ottaviani serve a future-proofed release that’ll be as relevant in your collection in 10 years time as it is today. With music from trance bedrock like Aly & Fila, John O’Callaghan, Darren Tate, Alex M.O.R.P.H., M.I.K.E. and Sied van Riel, it also features new rising talent including Suncatcher, Adam Nickey, Sneijder, Walsh & McAuley and Driftmoon. Standby to receive your trance refined, clarified and 100% Pure!
“Tough to pull off, after the highly impressive ‘Pure Trance Vol.1’, but against the odds, this new outing is a huge step up again - 10/10, Album of the Month” – MIXMAG
Solarstone sets the mix’s early atmosphere with some rolling gear from the harmonic end of Pure’s spectrum. The faraway tones of Adam Nickey’s ‘Perfect Destiny’, the trance-transcendent float of Aerium’s ‘Horizon’ and flute-like drift of Elfsong’s ‘Seldarine’’ form its opening minutes. Building the bridge skyward, Solarstone’s towering Pure rebuild of M.O.R.P.H.s ‘Eternal Flame’ and his retouch of M.I.K.E.’s ‘Respire’ open up the euphoric throttle.
Reaching its halfway point, Solarstone bomb-drops the deliciously ominous tones of his most recent Pure Mix of ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’. Given sanction by the house of Vangelis’, alongside the Pure Mix of Zoo Brazil’s ‘Hearts A Legend’, it lends darker tones to the mix.
On the release of the second album, Richard says: “Almost exactly a year ago we released Solarstone presents Pure Trance - Volume 1, an album which marked the beginning of a journey of rebirth and rediscovery. Since its release we have taken the Pure Trance message global with a host of Pure Trance Events that have not only invigorated but restored a sense of belonging to a growing & passionate audience worldwide, and finally the scene is sitting up & taking notice: Pure Trance music is alive & kicking, and right now on fire! I am proud to present this second compilation of brilliant music for all lovers of the sound of Pure Trance “
Arriving at its summit, Richard enters mash-up-mode, brilliantly splicing Ferry Corsten & Betsie Larkin’s ‘Made of Love’ and John O’Callaghan’s ‘I’ll Follow’ and further uniting Ben Lost’s timeless ‘Jump The Next Train’ over Franz’s ‘Emerge’.
Italy’s Giuseppe Ottaviani comes off his spot, boxing clever with an overtura of toughened trance logistics. He interplays the tracks of nu-bloods like John Mash, Colonial One and Andrea Mazza with those of Darren Tate, Sied van Riel and other trance establishment.
Giuseppe says: “over the last year I’ve played at Solarstone’s Pure Trance events in many different corners of the world. To have the chance to capture, in some way, their unique atmosphere as part of a mix compilation has been wonderful! I hope you have as much fun listening and dancing to my mix, as I had compiling mixing it!”
Marking Agnelli & Nelson’s remix-return, Ottaviani (or “the Grand Master of Energy”, as MIXMAG recently christened him!) charges the mix’s midpoint with a new version of Andain’s ‘You Once Told Me’. Whipping Sneijder’s rebuild of his Aly & Fila collab ‘Brilliant People’, James Dymond’s ‘Carbon’, Will Atkinson’s ‘Hemosa’ and others together, Giuseppe brings about the release’s final perfect sound-storm. The album is out Oct 28th.
Disc 1. Mixed by Solarstone
01. Adam Nickey - Perfect Destiny (Winkee Remix Reconstruction)
02. Aerium - Horizons (Solarstone Retouch)
03. Solarstone featuring Lemon - Lovers (Pure Mix Reconstruction)
04. Elfsong - Seldarine
05. Alex M.O.R.P.H - Eternal Flame (Solarstone Pure Mix)
06. Walsh & McAuley - Ashgrove Throne
07. M.I.K.E - Respire (Solarstone Retouch)
08. Zoo Brazil featuring Philip - Heart's A Legend (Solarstone Pure Dub Retouch)
09. Solarstone - Love Theme from Blade Runner (Pure Mix)
10. Future Disciple - Kwiwakurra
11. Driftmoon - Howl At The Moon (Solarstone Retouch)
12. John O'Callaghan featuring Ria - I’ll Follow (Solarstone Pure Dub Reconstruction)
13. Ferry Corsten featuring Betsie Larkin - Made Of Love (Acapella)
14. Suncatcher - Are We There Yet? (Original Mix)
15. Franz - Emerge (Dreamy Remix)
16. Ben Lost - Jump The Next Train (Acapella)
Disc 2. Mixed by Giuseppe Ottaviani
01. Alex Matteo - Prophecy
02. Darren Tate - All I Am
03. Sied van Riel - 8 Decades
04. Colonial One - Atlas (Original Mix)
05. Andrea Mazza featuring Hysteria! - This Perfect Night
06. John Mash - Metamorphosi
07. Alexandre Bergheau & Alex Wackii - French Kiss
08. Marynus Revert - Scent Of My Dreams (Original Mix)
09. Andain - You Once Told Me (Agnelli & Nelson Remix)
10. Stuart Millar - Always A Moment
11. John O'Callaghan featuring Audrey Gallagher - Big Sky
12. John O'Callaghan featuring Erica Curran - I Believe (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
13. Giuseppe Ottaviani with Aly & Fila - Brilliant People (Sneijder Remix)
14. Giuseppe Ottaviani featuring Vitamin B - Waiting On Someday (OnAir Mix)
15. James Dymond - Carbon
16. Joey Chilson - Lost & Found
17. AERO 21 - Performance (Original Mix)
18. Will Atkinson - Hermosa
Solarstone - Love Theme From Blade Runner (Pure Mix)
Drawing from one of Vangelis’ most renowned soundtracks, Solarstone has rebooted the theme from the audio auteur’s hallowed ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack. He has brought trance purity to the beautifully sinister tones of its title theme. Utilizing it as a last tune of the night ID-weapon for many a month, the track (now christened ‘Love Theme from Blade Runner’) has been given the official seal of approval. The Pure Trance master is now set to release his love letter to ‘Blade Runner’.
(Available on Beatport on Black Hole Recordings, 23th September 2013)
"With warm analogue bass and plenty of dark twists and turns Solarstone effortlessly transforms the piece into a modern day ‘Pure’ Trance banger which will breathe new life into Vangelis’ finest hour and educate those who were too young enough to enjoy the sounds of this legendary composer first time round. Sublime." - Tillate Magazine (Sept 2013)
“The doomy night-black drama of Vangelis’ echoing piano chimes have rarely sounded better” – DJ Mag (Sept 2013)
Losing none of its ominous awe-inspiring atmosfear, through Solarstone’s ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ Vangelis’ now exerts a hypnotic thrall over the club floor. Using the classic strains of ‘End Titles’, Richard fires the Original’s balanced nexus of dystopian melancholia and towering elevation through the Pure prism.
Developing a pounding sonic underlay, built from pistoning drums, dramatic orchestral cymbal crashes and undulating bass swells, he sets the stage for its big dramatic soundscapes. Retrofitting Vangelis’ analogue synthesizers & FX with purified trance mechanics and unrelenting tension, he filters its darkly timeless melodic chimes into the mix’s system. Brilliantly drawn out over nine fissionable, charged minutes he points Vangelis’ 30-year-old classic at the very heart of the club floor.
File under? Pure Trance.
Solarstone pres. Pure Trance @ Fuel sets on Soundcloud
The day was June 15th & the venue was Fuel Beachclub, Bloemendaal, where Solarstone's latest Pure Trance event took place. With the sun in the sky & a heady anticipation, Solarstone - together with Alex M.O.R.P.H, Giuseppe Ottaviani, M.I.K.E and Michael Cassette - delivered a blissful 9 hours of Pure Trance music to a sweaty club packed to the rafters with passionate music lovers. Now you can watch the official aftermovie on Youtube and listen to the entire event or individual sets from our Djs over on the Solarstone Soundcloud Channel
Solarstone Pure Mixes for JOC & Alex M.O.R.P.H.
Showing no signs of letting up the momentum, Solarstone unveils his two latest 'Pure' remixes this month. First up is John o'Callaghan's 'I'll Follow' (Ft. Ria) to which Rich applies a liberal sprinkling of his crystalline 'Pure' production magic. Snapping it its heels towards the end of the month is the 'Pure' re-evaluation of Alex M.O.R.P.H's fabulous 'Eternal Flame' which is included on his new album 'PrimeMover: The Remixes' . Rich takes the track into new territory with towering riffs and enough 'Pure' spirit to uplift your local priest.
Solarstone pres. Solaris International: Si/2013Q2
Solarstone's long-running weekly radio show Solaris International, which broadcasts worldwide via an extensive FM and Digital network, is launching a new quarterly bundle starting this month, July 2013.
The first bundle features a selection of 20 beautiful and melodic tracks hand-picked by Solarstone from the playlist of Si during the 2nd quarter of 2013.
A collection of music to open your mind to, close your eyes to, and ultimately live your life to.
01. Simon Templar - Meltwater (Pt. I)
02. Sneijder ft. Jess Morgan - Sky Is On Fire (Original Mix)
03. Solarstone - Please (Bryan Kearney Remix)
04. Giuseppe Ottaviani & Eric Lumiere - Love Will Bring It All Around (On Air Mix)
05. Orkidea - Pacifique (Original Mix)
06. Ad Brown - From Within (Dayon Remix)
07. Jason Van Wyk & JPL with Cat Martin - Every Mile
08. Estiva ft. Arielle Maren - I'll Wait Forever (Daniel Kandi Remix)
09. Pizz@Dox - Solaris (Original Mix)
10. Allende - Veracity (Club Mix)
11. Solarstone - Seven Cities (Pure Mix)
12. Alex M.O.R.P.H. - New York City (Original Mix)
13. Andy Tau - Fable (Ultimate Remix)
14. Harry Peat - Affrodizziac (Martin Roth Remix)
15. Protoculture - Laguna
16. Stuart Millar - Lifecycles
17. Steve Brian ft. Szen - Neso (Original Mix)
18. Matt Lange - Rift (Original Mix)
19. Aneym & Suncatcher - Together Again (Club Mix)
20. Danny Stubbs - Orion (Original Mix)
Release date: Monday July 8th through Black Hole Recordings.
Betsie Larkin & Solarstone - Breathe You In (incl. Pure Mix)
2013 already turned out to be one of Betsie's busiest years so far. What started in 2008 with the instant hit “Made of Love” with Ferry Corsten, has flourished into a dream-like calling that led to assignments with an impressive list of producers like ATB, Andy Moor, Gabriel & Dresden and many others. The release of Betsie's debut album "All We Have Is Now" turned out to be the next milestone in here career. Featuring outstanding collaborations with industry heavyweights like Rafael Frost, John O'Callaghan, Bjorn Akesson and Giuseppe Ottaviani, Betsie so far released the singles “Obvious” with Lange, "The Offering" with Sied van Riel and the albums title track, which she recorded with Super8 & Tab. Despite her packed touring schedule, Betsie still managed to record the singles "No Substitute For You" with Russian deck-master Bobina, "Not Coming Down" with Ferry Corsten and "Play It Back" with Gabriel & Dresden. On her brand new single "Breathe You In" Betsie teams up with Solarstone.
A reaction to the fragmentation of the sound, Rich Mowatt aka Solarstone’s 2012 artist album ‘Pure’ was a roots-return, which redistilled trance and restored its cornerstone sounds to his productions and the album has become a rallying cry for the scene’s core fans. The album has generated successful singles such as ‘The Spell’, ‘Fireisland’ (with Aly & Fila), ‘Falcons’ (with Giuseppe Ottaviani), Jewel (with Clare Stagg) and most recently 'Please'. On the remix front Solarstone has been making a name in the last 12 months with his trademark Pure mixes for Delerium's 'Days Turn Into Nights', Lemon's 'We Can't Fly' and and his own tracks ' Seven Cities' , 'Jewel' and 'Please' in the first half of 2013 and now ' Breathe You In' as latest track to be given the Solarstone Pure treatment.
Reworked into a genuine Solarstone trance endeavor, “Breathe You In” received the master’s signature with a new arrangement that offers a new look on the album version. Kicking the original up a notch is Sneijder, who completes Betsie’s vocals with his unique sound.
Betsie Larkin & Solarstone - Breathe You In
1. Solarstone Pure Mix
2. Sneijder Remix
3. Solarstone Pure Radio Edit
Solarstone presents Pure Trance - Album Special
After a sold out launch event during Amsterdam Dance Event, the release of the Solarstone pres. Pure Trance CD (mixed by Solarstone and Orkidea) – which scored “Album of the Month” in Mixmag – followed by the successful USA tour in LA, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami, Solarstone’s Pure Trance concept finally comes to Helsinki for a very exclusive Album Special event with Solarstone & Orkidea.
“Pure Trance is a feeling, a passion which exists outside of contemporary musical fads and fashions. It is the bringing together of millions of fans for whom this music is a way of life” Solarstone.
It’s a welcome return for Solarstone, the man behind the global Pure Trance movement. Richard’s ‘Pure Trance’ sound has spawned a clutch of genre-redefining gems including ‘The Spell’ ‘Falcons’ ‘Fireisland’ & ‘Please’ in addition to his ‘Pure’ remix treatments for Orkidea’s ‘Unity’ & his own Balearic anthem ‘Seven Cities’ amongst others. Solarstone’s previous performances in Helsinki at Whiteout, Clinic and Colors are legendary and we expect this one to be the most special of all. Solarstone, alongside fellow Pure Trance advocate and CLINIC resident Orkidea, will play an exclusive extended six hour set in the main room during this one off ‘Pure Trance Album Special’ & take the audience on a roots-return journey of its genre in its purest form.
Clinic, Orkidea & Solarstone pres. Pure Trance – Album Special
SOLARSTONE & ORKIDEA – 6hr Extended set.
Date: Saturday June 8, 2013
Location: Venue, Helsinki,
To buy your ticket for Clinic, Orkidea and Solarstone present Pure Trance: Album Special @ Venue, please visit the Pure Trance website here
Solarstone - Please
Collectively, ‘The Spell’, ‘ Pure’, ‘Fireisland’, ‘Falcons’ and ‘Jewel’ have sonically outlined and defined his pure trance perspective – ushering in a new age of Solarstone in the process. Inspired by the dying moments of The Smiths 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want', Richard Mowatt is ready to dispatch another #puretrance communiqué to the floor. Please welcome, ‘Please’.
From its spoken “pure unbounded joy” start-point, ‘Please’s vocal aspect also becomes the track’s stated mission. On his new Pure version, Solarstone initially opens the mix’s throttle wide, balancing the high-wire tension of its engaging sub-riffs with TNT drums and voracious bass. Momentarily tempering the tone, the drop opens the door to chiming iridescence, Med-inflected guitars and the tranquil pacific lucidity of its vocal message.
Mining a comparably rich pure trance seam come the steroid beats, sky-kissing riffs and all-round unchecked energy of Bryan Kearney’s remix firestarter. Post-break, the Irishman snares a furious acidic sequence into the mix, using pitching 303 loops, underpinned by primal 909-channeling kicks, to generate a floor thunderbolt. Making sure no floor/time of the night goes untouched, Rich expands ‘Please’s original album vision into an 8-minute Extended Mix colossus. With its scene-stealing beat-free overture providing classic set-starting ignition, he masterfully rushes the atmosphere, providing the perfect Pure Mix alternative spin. < Beware of pale imitations… accept no substitute - ‘Please’ is manna for trance purists worldwide…
01: Solarstone – Please (Pure Mix)
02: Solarstone – Please (Bryan Kearney Remix)
03: Solarstone – Please (Extended Mix)
04: Solarstone – Please (Radio Edit)
Release date: April 29th via Black Hole Recordings
Listen again. Solarstone LIVE @ A State Of Trance 600
Thanks everyone who packed the room for my set at ASOT 600: The Expedition in Den Bosch (NL), and thanks to all of you for getting involved on Twitter. What an amazing time we all had :) So much love for Pure Trance!
Listen again now to my set on my Soundcloud page - full tracklisting included!
Seven Cities (Remixes) out now on Captivating Sounds
Throughout the +13 years of its existence, Solarstone's balearic uberclassic 'Seven Cities' has moved literally millions of people. With its musical fire still burning bright, it now sees 4 brand new remakes come to life. Enjoy Solarstone's Pure re-touch, as well as remixes by Antillas & Dankann, rising talent Thomas Datt & newcomer Almar.
Richard Mowatt aka Solarstone is responsible for some of the biggest classics in EDM history. The UK producer/DJ didn't only bring us the seminal classics 'Solarcoaster, 'Like A Waterfall' and 'Jump The Next Train' plus more recent anthems 'The Spell', 'Fireisland' & 'Jewel; he's also one of the masterminds (together with Andy Bury) behind 'Seven Cities' - an all-time favourite that won't fade anytime soon.
For 2013, Solarstone himself has given it a #PureTrance upgrade - his 'Pure' Mix injecting that extra push of energy and bass-work. Italian producers Antillas & Dankann go full out on feel-good, giving it that playful stir of prog-house, without losing its original vibe. Polish producer Thomas Datt on the other hand, kept his focus on the uplifting and trancey side of 'Seven Cities', providing a solid remix for the trance junkies, as does Romania's Almar who pulls no punches with his rousing, melodic mix.
' Seven Cities ' (Remixes) is out now as Beatport Exclusive on Captivating Sounds / Armada.
Solarstone presents Pure Trance USA Tour
Over the last six months European clubbers have turned heads en-mass and embraced a new, highly purified, ultra-refined order of trance. Solarstone's crusade against trend-driven change in the genre has resonated deep, with tens of thousands rallying under the #PureTrance flag. Launched to rapturous response at last year's Amsterdam Dance Event the movement is now poised to cross the Atlantic. Next month the ambassador of true trance is set to embark on his first U.S. Winter Tour. Prepare to witness the strength of Pure Trance!
"Pure Trance is a feeling, a passion which exists outside of contemporary musical fads and fashions", says Solarstone. "It is the bringing together of millions of fans for whom this music is a way of life. It's the music itself that really does the talking for Pure Trance though. Not what's said, so much as what's heard. It doesn't matter if you've been into trance for 12 weeks or 20 years, when you hear Pure Trance, you'll feel it.... and you'll know.".
Stop One on the tour will be (where else but!) New York City, where on Feb 23rd Solarstone will be making The Big Apple feel just that bit bigger. Pachita in midtown will host the event where Richard will lay down 3hrs of Pure Trance at Pacha's club-within-a-club.
From there it's a hop, skip and giant leap over to the West Coast for a deuce of dates. On the night of March 7th its legendary San Fran nitespot Ruby Skye that'll have its foundations shaken by the force of pure, driven trance. Richard will be expanding the P.T. clan and bringing fellow synth-slinger Giuseppe Ottaviani along with him. Just 24hrs later it'll be LA's turn for the same treatment. The Exchange club in downtown is the setting for Awakenings, who'll be hosting up a storm for Solarstone Pres. Pure Trance.
Next in line will be the newly opened Aston Manor in Seattle, WA, where on Friday March 22nd Richard and Giuseppe will be joined by Pure Trance-ologist/underground legend Thomas Datt. Just 24hrs later the tour reaches its terminus stop. March 23rd sees the spectacular grand finale take place against the balmy backdrop of Miami's 2013 Winter Music Conference. Roomservice in South Beach will usher in Rich and a full compliment of Pure Trance DJ envoys, including overlord John 00 Fleming, West Coast doyen Kristina Sky and Italian maestro Giuseppe Ottaviani.
If you're near a major US metropolis and want to find out exactly how trance should sound, there's no better opportunity than this. Full dates and details are below.
Solarstone presents Pure Trance USA Tourdates
|02/23/13||Exclusive 3hr Pure Trance Set @ Pachita , New York, USA BUY TICKETS|
|03/07/13||Torq invites Solarstone pres. Pure Trance @ Ruby Skye, San Francisco, USA With Giuseppe Ottaviani. BUY TICKETS|
|03/08/13||Awakenings invites Solarstone pres. Pure Trance @ Exchange LA, Los Angeles, USA With Giuseppe Ottaviani & Kristina Sky. BUY TICKETS|
|03/22/13||Sensation Fridays invites Solarstone pres. Pure Trance @ Aston Manor, Seattle, USA With Giuseppe Ottaviani & Thomas Datt. BUY TICKETS|
|03/23/13||Solarstone presents Pure Trance WMC Special @ Souz, Miami Beach, USA With Giuseppe Ottaviani, John 00 Fleming & Kristina Sky. BUY TICKETS ** last 150 tickets on sale **|
Solarstone & Clare Stagg - Jewel
With the #PureTrance stance powering the engine of his frontline return last year, Solarstone’s 2013 begins in equally floor-minded fashion with the single release of ‘Jewel’. Lifted from the tracklist of his acclaimed 2012 ‘Pure’ album, it once again teams producer Richard Mowatt with the singular vocal talents of Clare Stagg.
With the listeners of Armin van Buuren’s ASOT radio show voting their first outing together (‘The Spell’) as one of the 15 most popular trancers of 2012, the scene has been well and truly set for its follow-up. From the indolent origins of the hyper-chilled album version, through to the new Deeper Sunrise Mix, on up to the Pure and Daniel Kandi recreations, ‘Jewel’ builds incrementally into another cross-the-board floor-flamer.
Kicking off with his flagship Pure Mix, Solarstone elevates the tempo and tone and aims straight for big room boom. Fast running bass and fluid modulating sub-melodies all raise the mix’s mercury. Massing its pads, chords and synths, it seizes the floor with maximum traction, allowing Clare Stagg’s ethereal voice and stargazing lyrics to steal the breath at the peak of the break.
Serving more deeply disposed floors, Richard casts the track in a percussive, progressive, set-overture role with Solarstone’s Deeper Sunrise Mix. Instilling it with a transcendent, dreamlike-quality, the throb of the bass guitar and echoing shift & drift of piano notes both underpin and amplify the scope and power of the vocals.
Doing just what is says on the tin, Daniel Kandi’s Emotive Remix ties up ‘Jewel’s release. The Dane aims right for the heart of the track’s expressive, poignant core. Through the bloom of its pianoforte, its drumatic beats and the uprush of its sky-raking synths & orchestrated strings, it’ll be wowing floors throughout spring.
In every sense a ‘Jewel’ in the ‘Pure’ album’s crown, the single’s out on the 11th of January.
Buy on Beatport & iTunes
01: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Pure Mix)
02: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Pure Instrumental Mix)
03: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Pure Mix Edit)
04: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Deeper Sunrise Remix)
05: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Deeper Sunrise Instrumental Mix)
06: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Deeper Sunrise Edit)
07: Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Daniel Kandi’s Emotive Remix)
08. Solarstone & Clare Stagg – Jewel (Daniel Kandi’s Emotive Instrumental Mix
8hr Pure Trance LIVE @ ADE Special on Afterhours.FM
In the packed-to-the-rafters floating venue Undercurrent - where anticipation was sky-high - those lucky enough to have a begged, borrowed or bought a ticket were among the first to experience “Solarstone presents Pure Trance”. That night, alongside fellow forerunners Orkidea, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Daniel Kandi and John 00 Fleming, Solarstone encapsulated his vision in a competition defying, wall to wall live event that revised Trance to its purest degree.
The crowd hoped it would be so - and subsequently the sheer relief and joy of the assembled masses upon confirmation that "Pure Trance" is indeed the genuine article - the embodiment of the original Trance spirit - created an intensity which was clear & palpable and the first to hear “ Pure Trance ” frontman Solarstone debut exclusive material from the first instalment of his new ‘Solarstone presents Pure Trance’ compilation series, which hits stores worldwide on 19.11.12 (2 CD / DD).
For those who couldn't be there, Solarstone has now joined forces with Afterhours.FM to give all of his fans the opportunity to relive every second of that night in Amsterdam. On Thursday, November 29th, Afterhours.FM will present an exclusive 8 hour broadcast between 16.00 – 00.00 hr CET featuring all live sets from the ‘ Solarstone presents Pure Trance’ launch party at ADE this year. Don't miss this opportunity to check out a full eight hours of propellant beats, tremor-inducing LFOs, iridescent melodies, sky-bound synths and heartfelt vocals delivered by Orkidea, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Daniel Kandi and John 00 Fleming, all of it overseen by Solarstone.
To put it in Solarstone's own words: "This is what got you into Trance in the first place
Pure Trance Launch Event @ ADE Movie
Here is the post-event movie for our Pure Trance launch event at Undercurrent, ADE on the 18th of October. Featured Djs: Orkidea, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Solarstone, Daniel Kandi & John '00' Fleming. Thank you all for making this an unforgettable event! You can check out the Pure Trance website or pre-order a signed Pure Trance Vol. 1 2 x CD here!
Solarstone & Giuseppe Ottaviani - Falcons.
Chasing hard on the heels of 'Fireisland's runaway floor success, Solarstone is straight back onto the single frontlines this month. True to form, his next opus again comes hard-locked to his #PureTrance mandate. This time out he's been sharing studio space with another established master of the sound, Italy's Giuseppe Ottaviani. The result is the EDM ebullience of 'Falcons'.
Since his third studio album began penetrating the EDM consciousness in the spring, 'Pure's tracklist has brought a scene-stabilizing rush of audio, that's been embraced by the trance Cognoscenti. 'Fireisland', 'Pure' and 'The Spell' have all spelt floor uproar, but the gear is about to shift up once again!
With its bold, thundering drums, accelerating bass and fluent sub-melodies, 'Falcons' sets out its stall. Using exhilarated note & chord progressions and pulse-quickening transitions, minute-on-minute Richard and Giuseppe stoke its Big Room atmosphere. Then, just when you think it can't get any bigger, they deploy 'Falcons' angelic female harmonic and deal-sealing up-rushing mainline.
Working its remix angles, there's another fully badged trance purist standing by to retool. John O'Callaghan zeroes in with bulldozing beats and sky-raking synths, bringing it, at the top of the drop, to a euphoric climactic conclusion. Giuseppe Ottaviani's OnAirMix and the Radio Edit complete the package and the fourth single from 'Pure' is ready to ride summer out in suitably bombastic style.
Solarstone 'Pure' - The New Album.
His third studio album, 'Pure' heralds the frontline return for DJ, prodcer, singer and songwriter, Solarstone (aka Richard Mowatt). A 13-track collection of new music, it features musical co-productions with artists like Aly & Fila and Giuseppe Ottaviani and vocal team-ups with singers including Betsie Larkin, Clare Stagg, Billy McGruddy and Hannah Magenta
"I recorded this album as a reaction to all the riven division that's crept into trance over the last 3 years. It's a kickback against nonsense genre terminologies and a fight-back against the self-appointed style councils that try to tell us what music's cool and what the latest must-like is. Against tracks that have such a mish-mash of sound styles that even their producers don't know what they are making. This album is both a purification and celebration of the term TRANCE. I'm reclaiming it, for all those who just want to dance to music that takes them to another place, for whom this music is a feeling, a passion, a way of life. So I say: VIVE LA TRANCE! You need to be proud of what makes you feel good… To all of you who know your own minds, this album contains PURE trance - embrace it!" - Richard Mowatt, Solarstone (April 2012)
Go to the dedicated Pure page.