- 17.04.2014 12:31:11 from Facebook: Thanks Aly & Fila for inviting me to Future Sound Of Egypt 350 in El Salvador! See you on August 5th :) [more]
- 17.04.2014 10:39:37 from Facebook: One From The Archives Trivia: Slowmotion II is featured on DJ Orkidea's '20' Album. Slowmotion (Part 1) was featured on Solarstone's 'Touchstone' album. [more]
- 17.04.2014 09:27:58 from Facebook: Last month I sat down with Trance United for an in-depth interview about Pure Trance, Solaris International, studio time and life on the road. You can read it here: http://trance-united.com/2014/04/15/solarstone/ [more]
- 17.04.2014 12:40:00 from Facebook: Check out this wicked aftermovie of Solarstone pres. Pure Trance event in Toronto on March 21st with Giuseppe Ottaviani, Sneijder and myself - hosted by the amazing Ozmozis Productions team. [more]
- 15.04.2014 06:03:51 from Facebook: My Kitty brought me a Blackbird chick as a 'gift' at 04:00 this morning. It appears to be alright - despite losing a few feathers, but I don't think it can fly yet, so I made it this temporary home (out of reach of the cats!) so its mum can feed it until it is able to fly. Somewhere, deep inside, we can all fly ;) [more]
- 15.04.2014 11:58:53 from Facebook: Welcome guys & girls to #Si403 on Afterhours.FM. Tonight is a Pure Trance Special, hope you enjoy the show :) Here's the tracklist: Listen online via: http://ah.fm/player [more]
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- 15.04.2014 10:38:41 from Facebook: Tonight's Solaris International #403 is packed with lots of Pure Trance, so if you like it Pure... don't miss out and tune in from 7 - 8 PM CET on Afterhours.FM! [more]
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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.