Solarstone joins forces with Farius for 'Velvet Tread'

Solarstone & Farius join forces for the monumental ‘Velvet Tread’, here on Enhanced Progressive!

Prepare yourselves for an undeniable whopper of a progressive trance anthem from Solarstone & Farius, superstar producers at the top of their game. Combining soaring harmonies with an ethereal vocal refrain and snappy bassline, Solarstone and Farius’s dynamic production is an irresistible tonic for your Winter blues. Just wait for that stratospheric trance climax – you’ll be left breathless. Spring has sprung!

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Trance-meets-breaks with Sam Laxton's reinterpretation of 'The Last Defeat PT II'

Sam Laxton’s newly discovered passion for the trance-meets-breaks sound hits full throttle here with his masterly reinterpretation of Solarstone’s atmospheric 2010 release, featuring the vocals of Sunscreem’s Lucia Holm. Sam blends his crunchy breaks, warping bass & bouncy, futuristic synths with the cinematic drama of Solarstone’s timeless production.

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A double first for Solarstone with 'A Long Way From Home'

A Long Way From Home’ is a double first for Solarstone, with his first collaboration with Darren Tate (a producer he’s always admired) and his first ever outing on Anjunabeats. The cherry on top: working again with Julie Scott.

Trance titans Darren Tate and Solarstone have been pivotal artists in dance music for over twenty years. Darren is a UK Top 10 charting producer who, in 2022, joined forces with Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant to form JODA. Released on Anjunabeats, JODA’s self-titled debut album shot to #1 on the iTunes US Dance chart and has since seen over 10 million combined streams.

Irish producer Solarstone is set for an international tour this year with stops in Poland, the Netherlands, Ibiza and Malta. His balearic trance anthem ‘Seven Cities’ has been re-released 3 times and sold in excess of 500,000 copies, earning support from Armin van Buuren, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk and more.

Scottish-born musician and vocalist Julie Scott is a former member of the accomplished Dutch band Mizpaha and renowned jazz ensemble Dash!. She’s also worked with members of the Residentie Orchestra and, in 2008, co-wrote and recorded several tracks on Solarstone’s albums ‘Rain Stars Eternal’, ‘Touchstone’ & ‘One’

‘A Long Way From Home’ has been doing the rounds as a secret ID since being shared with DJs and tastemakers last October, with support from Nicole Moudaber, ANNA, Joris Voorn, Hernán Cattáneo, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Carl Craig, Nora En Pure and more. The record is a distant reach from the artists’ usual styles, but is executed with the skill and finesse of producers at the top of their game.

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Love at first listen.

Solarstone and Stine Grove have discog history together, though thus-far it’s an incomplete one. Stine’s released her solo material on Pure Trance and been remixed (on ‘Against The Flow’) by Solarstone. The pair hadn’t produced in direct conjunction though – a situation (given the above) that couldn’t be allowed to stand! In the middle of last year, the Danish singer reached out to Rich with a story, song and a thought, that might tie those final loose ends together!

Songs sourced from relationship experiences are common: Beatty, Brinkley, Kylie, Britney and near enough every one of Taylor Swift exs have become objects of lyrical inspiration. Electronic music though likes to keep it more positive, as you might be able to surmise from ‘The One’s title.

See, Stine had met Nikolaj, her ‘One’ and (as the singer explains here, it prompted a lyrical outpouring like few others, She sent the idea to Solarstone, who instantly fell in love himself – albeit with Stine’s song and the melody she’d written around it. Recording time was set aside and with production completed in December, Solarstone & Stine’s ‘The One’ drops today,

As the saying goes, ‘when you know, you know’ … and ‘The One’s all about that. Love at first listen!? Find out for yourself.

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Will you be the lucky one?

Last night on Pure Trance Radio, Solarstone & Stine Grove – ‘The One’ was premiered. We hope it brings you the same warm feelings it’s given us 🙂

Stine and I are running a competition to win a very special collector’s item attached to this single; if you pre-save ‘The One’ now and submit your name & email, the exclusive artwork canvas of its release might just be yours! Will you be the lucky one?


A Story For Christmas - The Little Match Girl

Solarstone’s ‘Story for Christmas’ has appeared twice previously as part of the Pure Trance podcast – in 2018 with ‘The Elves & the Shoemaker’ and in 2021 with ‘The Fir Tree’. This year the Christmas story is also available on Youtube. Merry Christmas!

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PT290 Solarstone & Super-Frog Saves Tokyo - Existence (Pierre Pienaar Remix)

A thumping #138bpm redux from Namibia’s Pierre Pienaar.

This sublime vocal-chant-led enchanter from Solarstone and long-time friend & musical collaborator Super-Frog Saves Tokyo receives a thumping #138bpm redux from Namibia’s Pierre Pienaar.

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A main floor slammer for a new generation of trance fans.

The debut single from Solarstone & Obie Fernandez’ new project 892NOW (pronounced “Eighty-Nine to Now”), embracing faster BPMs for higher-octane trance. The 146 BPM ‘FELT’ has been road tested extensively by both Rich & Obie since being created in Mexico City at the beginning of 2023 & the combination of early 90s trance influences, a hypnotic vocal hook & sensational ‘Orc Drop’ make this a main floor slammer for a new generation of trance fans.

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It doesn't get 'purer' than this.

It doesn’t get ‘purer’ than this, Solarstone’s majestic ‘4Ever’ is an embodiment the Pure Trance sound; an evocative lead melody, a heartrending chord progression backed up by incessant, driving production. Originally released way back in 2008 as part of Solarstone’s ‘Rain Stars Eternal’ album it is a firm fan favourite. Now the brilliant ‘Photographer’ drops a gorgeous new 138 bpm remix(as part of Solarstone’s Pure Trance Vol. 10 album) that whips up the tempo & fires up the synth – rockets propelling this beauty into the stratosphere one more time!

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Pure Trance Volume 10 Pack Shot, showing a 3 CD case.

Solarstone presents Pure Trance Vol. 10 (Mixed by Solarstone)

Pure Trance Vol. 10 tracklist.

Disc 1.
01. Stoneface & Terminal – Lose My Need (Robert Nickson Chillout Mix, Intro Version)
02. Solarstone vs. Aquarius – Arpeggiator Shards
03. Pablo Gargano – The Breeze
04. Macker – Arrakis
05. Barrett & Bridger – Classic Dreams (Solarstone Stripped Retouch)
06. Siskin – Connected (Standard Form’s Waiting for Stars Mix)
07. Alucard ft. Amara – Moontribe
08. Deepcry – Delta
09. Sinful Biz – Magnetic
10. The Conductor & The Cowboy – Feeling This Way (Siskin Remix)
11. Solarstone – Leap of Faith (Collide the Sky Remix)
12. Sherpa – Perception
13. Yuji Ono, Masaya & Discordia ft. Casska – Reverie (PTX Version)
14. Orkidea – Xciter (Deestopia Remix)
15. Adam Nickey – Escape

Disc 2.
01. Allende – Fading Light
02. Tim Verkruissen – Velvet
03. Oliver Imseng – Metaversal
04. Jimi Python ft. Iida Niini – Dream
05. Proteus – Lost Love
06. Brian McCalla – Stones
07. Solarstone & Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Rust (Luke Terry Remix)
08. Temple One – As The Sun Breaks
09. Stoby & G Coulter ft. Liz Cirelli – Sun is High (Greg Murray Remix)
10. Dave Begic – For What It’s Worth
11. Luke Terry – Unconditional
12. Slipstream & Sonic Element – Forgiven
13. Charles Tsai – Prevail (Solarstone Retouch)
14. Bjorn Akesson – Language (Factoria Remix)
15. Solarstone – 4ever (Photographer Remix)

Disc 3.
01. Wavetraxx – Million Miles to Go
02. Chris Connelly – Aurelion
03. 892NOW – Felt
04. Lostly – Sawubona
05. The Digital Blonde – Untitled Dub
06. Young Parisians ft. Ben Lost – Jump the Next Train (Acapella)
07. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Reactivate (Solarstone Retouch)
08. Robert Nickson – Transcend
09. Derek Ryan & DNCR – Hatsuyuki
10. LostLegend – Running Man
11. Chris Johnson & Grant Trowbridge – Cocktail
12. Solarstone ft. Lucia Holme – The Last Defeat PT II (Sam Laxton Remix)
13. Solarstone & Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Existence (Pierre Pienaar Remix)
14. John Askew – Push It (Dawn Mix)
15. Stoneface & Terminal – Lose My Need (Robert Nickson Chillout Mix, Outro Version)

Sharper eyes (and ears!) will have spotted that Pure Trance was absent from its regular autumnal release spot last year. Double-digit milestones take time to reach … but also time to perfect, hence Pure Trance took a preparatory 365 off in 2022. This allowed Richard Mowatt the latitude to plan, map and exactingly pull-off what he views as the most important instalment in the series to date.

All-good-things though, as the triumphant 10th edition of Solarstone’s Pure Trance music-manifesto / movement reaches stores and streams on November 3 …

Over its decade + crusade, the albums have been co-mixed by many a fellow puritan – Bryan Kearney, Orkidea, Activa, Sneijder, Stoneface & Terminal, Gai Barone and Giuseppe Ottaviani among them. For its epic tenth though, Richard Mowatt decided to take it entirely upon his own shoulders … PTV10 is, as you will see, is a ‘Solostone’ affair …

Talking about its landmark, Solarstone says: “The number 10 seemed like a sort of punctuation point, which is why I decided to fully take the reins of this 3-disc edition and curate, compile and mix it myself. Across its discs I wanted to echo the flow of a PT show, which moves across the span of the four Pure labels (Progressive, Breaks, Trance & NEON). So, we have the deeper sound on Disc 1 (Pure Progressive and Breaks), leading to the dreamy sound on Disc 2 (Pure Trance) and the harder sound…. well, you get the idea, I’m sure! Overall, though, it’s all about celebrating the sound of Trance music – the journey, the emotion of it. This is of course why Pure Trance exists, which is something I cannot thank you all enough for being a part of !”

Behind the scenes the releases have always been involved undertakings, but ‘10’ turns that up to 11. Allowing him to fully ‘get under their hood’ and fine tune each track to the album’s mix, Solarstone uses a process of ‘stem mixing’. This allows him to weave together isolated layers of each track to ensure each mix-movement is not just excellent … but is also a flawless, seamless transition.

As its customary “this is Pure” greeting skates across the chill of Robert Nickson’s mix of Stoneface & Terminal ‘Lose My Need’, which embarks Disc 1. The first of many unique Mowatt moments throughout, it’s followed by ‘Arpeggiator Shards’ – an elegiac gathering of Solarstone’s ‘Shards’ and his recreation of Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Arpeggiator’. ‘The Breeze’ follows, heralding the return of EVE Records legend Pablo Gargano, as well as ‘Moontribe’ – Alucard’s first from his 2024-upcoming album. As it reaches its cruising midpoint, Rich feeds Siskin’s hypnotic take on Conductor and The Cowboy classic ‘Feeling This Way’ into the mix, before Sherpa’s remake of Cass & Slide’s ‘Perception’ further swirls its atmospherics.

Marking his 16th release on a Solarstone label, Disc 2 overtures with Allende’s ‘Fading Light’. Flow established, it calls back trance purists like Temple One, with his bliss-fest ‘As The Sun Breaks’ and Greg Murray’s reformation of ‘PTV8’ highlight ‘Sun is High’ from Stoby & G Coulter. Those more forceful vibes keep rolling as Factoria elevates one of Rich’s favourite PTR outings, Bjorn Akesson’s ‘Language’.

Drizzly Music legend Wavetraxx commences Disc.3 with his latest, ‘Million Miles To Go, before Solarstone’s newest collaboratory alias 892NOW makes its debut felt … with ‘Felt’. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo returns with ‘Reactivate’ (one of his three showings on PTV.10), before Robert Nickson supplies ‘Transcend’. Inspired by the eponymous 1987 sci-fi movie, ‘Running Man’, young buck LostLegend momentarily summons some tonal shadow, before John Askew’s Dawn Mix of ‘Push It’ ramps it back up. Pure Trance Vol.10 concludes its epic 45 track, 240-minute run with a neat loop-back to its SF&T’s ‘Lose My Need’ start point.

With PTV10, it was never the ‘when’ … but the ‘how’ that mattered. A fittingly fine landmark release, you can find ‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance V10’ wherever good music is sold or streamed from Nov 3.

PURE TRANCE – HOW IT HAPPENED: By this point Pure Trance means much to many, but to Solarstone it comes down to four simple words: ‘knowing your own mind …’ When the spectre of genre’s second popification rose in 2010, he decided it was do-or-die time … and pinned his Pure Trance colours to the mast.

Originally intended as a one-off ‘test-the-waters’ show, Pure Trance resonated big … and it resonated fast. Within 12 months it’d graduated to a themed series of globetrotting shows and latterly events and festival stage hostings. Its clarion call first mixcomp inspiring the direction of new producers and DJs, while influencing many an established name to keep the faith and stay the course. The Pure Trance Recordings label (currently approaching its 300th release) expanded from one to four imprints (adding Progressive, NEON and Breaks arms) and its weekly radio show is currently heading towards its 400th episode. That along with its now 10 albums (and a decade) propelled it from one artist’s rallying cry to a fully-fledged movement.

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