Rediscover Remixed.

Formed by producer Richard Mowatt as an outlet for projects outside his best-known-for, from Young Parisians’ debut single the act swiftly accrued a cult following.

Adding to that no end was their catalogue, which – over the course of 20 years – held at a tightly curated three releases. It wasn’t the quantity that counted though, with at least two of them (‘U Write The Rules’ and ‘Jump The Next Train’) growing to become minor electronic music classics.

In the summer of 2021, almost out of nowhere, the Young Parisians recorded and released again, adding a fourth to the discography. Featuring the highly accomplished vocals of Katherine Amy, and 14 years after their last, they re-materialized with (the perhaps appropriately titled) ‘Rediscover’.

That track has now passed into the remix hands Norman Doray and Dsnt Matter, who’ve taken an already highly original release in some stunning new directions.

For his part, Norman Doray catches the more uplifting and openhearted aspects of Katherine’s song and runs with them. Riding on rolling drums, a temperately grooving bass and equally warm & embracing note arrangements, his mix highlights the new beginnings/second chances aspects to her song.

On his mix, newcomer Dsnt Matter kicks the tempo up a notch and allows some moodier tones to enter its fold. He zeroes in on some of the underlying uncertainties inherent in Katherine’s tale, applying more of a Progressive House filter to the track.

With its feet equally placed in two dancefloor schools of thought, Young Parisians’ ‘Rediscover’ – The Remixes is out now.

Tracklist:

01. Young Parisians & Katherine Amy – Rediscover (Norman Doray Remix)
02. Young Parisians & Katherine Amy – Rediscover (Dsnt Matter Remix)

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One of Solarstone's personal favourites gets the Pure Mix treatment!

‘Love U More’s a track with quite the tale to tell, and one as underdog-compelling as any of its era. Its path to the anthem status it finally enjoyed was – to say the least – uphill, and with enough challenging circumstances to sink any track today.

Released three decades ago, and straight into the headwind of the UK’s rave scene, ‘Love U More’ was proto-trance in instinct, housey in remix-realisation and six short months ahead of its time. That was just enough to see it miss its zeitgeist moment but was only the start of the hurdles it had to clear. The subject of a quiet boycott by radio stations (due to the environmentally leaning lyrics (“let the redwoods die, as the wells run dry”, and others), audience awareness was staggered. To add to its woes, it was then quickly eclipsed by the flash success of the band’s follow up, ‘Perfect Motion’.

That really should have been that for ‘Love U More’, however thanks to one fortuitous and highly prominent TV spot, it still reached Top 40s on both sides of the Atlantic. To some then (and Solarstone being very much one of them), ‘Love U More’ was embedded as the first and the finest of Sunscreem’s canon. Three decades on, he still cites it as one of his all-time-top-5 tracks and (until the summer of 2021 anyway) it rode high on his remix bucket-list.

As has been the case for Solarstone and ‘Love U More’, it can sometimes take a generation for track & remixer to align. Richard finally managed to obtain the necessary nods to work on it, aided in no small part by his previous connection with lead singer Lucia Holm (who sang on the ‘Touchstone’ LP’s ‘The Last Defeat’). What he has ultimately arrived with though is something less a traditional remix and more a rephrasing of the song’s meaning.

With his Pure Mix, he’s upped the tempo and energy, drawing out (and adding extra spotlight to) the halcyon vocals in the break. With rare access to Sunscreem’s original stems, through intricate studio layering, he’s managed to subtly shift Lucia’s points of lyrical emphasis. Levelling out the lament and upping – just a touch – the optimism of its chorus, the result is a song you know, but topically refreshed in the most hopeful of fashions.

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RCRDSHP Limited Edition: Solarstone - Pale Blue Dot (Expanded)

Originally featured in an edited and faster form on ‘Electronic Architecture 4’, this Expanded version of ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is Solarstone’s original vision of the track. Constructed from a sample palette and studio hardware, this is a progressive journey with an uplifting backbone.

Solarstone – Pale Blue Dot (Expanded) is exclusively available via RCRDSHP

Limited edition of 300 copies.

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Solarstone joined by Stoneface & Terminal for another year-crowning celebration of Pure Trance.

If ever there was a moment for Pure Trance to take a year off, it has to have been the least dancefloor-friendly one of the last century. By the same token though, if there was a 365 for it to return (and with a vengeance, we might add)… well you can probably see where we’re going with this!

So it is then that – on the cusp of hitting double-digits – the mix-comp series spawned by Solarstone (Richard Mowatt)’s grassroots movement returns in 2021. The good news keeps getting better too, as (in a manner of speaking) Rich brings you two ‘Stones’ for your hard earned. ‘V9’ sees Solarstone joined by Stoneface & Terminal for another year-crowning celebration of the very purest of the ‘Pure’.

Over the last decade, the albums’ make-up has crystallised around several core paradigms. Feeding into the genre’s future, the discovery and elevation of new talents (of which the ninth volume features many) remains central. As does Richard’s mission to return some much-missed names to its fore, ensuring that the classic feel of genre is baked in. It also affords Rich the opportunity to – where innate – introduce and trancify some music from outside electronic music’s sphere. Further, both Richard and Stoneface & Terminal (Henri Nix & Matthi Gierth) have taken the opportunity to (exclusively for the album) remix some tracks from the genre’s dawn.

Featuring music from everyone from M.I.K.E. Push, Lost Witness, Basil O’Glue, Robert NIckson & Lostly (V6 & V7’s co-mixers incidentally), to Lustral, Cosmic Baby, Sunscreem and beyond, that arch defender of the Pure returns, November 12.

If you’re seeing even more of Solarstone’s own on his latest Pure Trance testament, it’s not hard to imagine why. With double the prep-time to hand, it’s allowed Rich to inject even more of that Solar essence into his mix.
Adding the most personal of touches, ‘V9’ is the first in the series where every track featured has either been co-produced, engineered, remixed or Retouched by the man himself.

Through Foxhill’s balm-some ‘Beach’ and Misja Helsloot’s ‘Bashed’ (via his new Hel:sløwed alias), Rich’s introductory minutes bring the album cruise appeal. Holding its own memorable moment for Solarstone this summer (having opened his first post-lockdown set with it), Akkima’s ‘Moments’ follows. One of his “all-time top 5 tracks” meanwhile, Sunscreem’s ‘Love U More’ has been on his remix wish list for over twenty years. In a rework that may yet prove to be his finest, through studio mastery he manages to add yet greater emotional weight to ‘Love U More’s song. At the culmination of his mix – through Robert Nickson’s latest, Solarstone goes all-in on the galactic. A reinterpretation of the Bulgarian folk song that featured on The Golden Record, sent on the 1977 Voyager space missions), ‘Delyo’s Voyage’ delivers an (inter!) stellar end to the mix.

Talking about ‘V9’ and its deferred release, Richard says: “Pure Trance Vol. 9 was a great joy to work on. The pandemic forced me to postpone it in 2020, as we were unable to bring it that essential live experience element. It did give Stoneface & Terminal and myself the luxury of more time to source brilliant material and work on exclusive remixes and edits though. Matthi & Henri put their heart & soul into making it a true heads-down, club-focused journey, and in that, I thank them most sincerely. The album is a mix of wonderful music from both established producers and exciting new names. I love giving upcoming artists a platform (and occasionally ‘a first break’) for their work on these comps. Whilst searching for the music, I came across some amazing talent, which is something more rewarding than words can convey.”

At the outset of their disc, Stoneface & Terminal also get to scratch a big remix itch. Under their Gundamea guise, they dazzlingly rework Cosmic Baby’s proto-trance classic ‘Loops Of Infinity’, initially setting the mix-tone trench-deep. Through successive tracks including Basil O’Glue’s ’San Giljan’ and Pico Boulevard’s ‘Another Time’, its vibe holds at the spaceier end of the spectrum. From Paul Denton’s ‘Ricochet’ and M.I.K.E. Push & Trintro’s Endless Balance’ on however, its cooler feel thaws, and indeed takes on a propellant quality. Killer collabs with Robert Nickson on ‘From The Sun’ and Solarstone with (the Irish folk song-based) ‘Mist on the Mountain’ continue to raise its trajectory. The German duo round out their mix with ‘Lateott’, the latest from Lost Witness and SF&T’s own new creation for ‘Pure Trance 9’, ‘Frontlines’.

Speaking ahead of its release, Matthi & Henri said: “When Rich invited us to mix the second disc of ‘Pure Trance V9’, we felt honoured, yet uncertain if we could completely deliver. After making a plan, reaching out to some of our favourite acts and producing some exclusive original tracks, remixes and collaborations, we are very happy with the result! This mix is a reflection of who we are and what we like when it comes to melodic & driving music. We think it’s a great complement to Solarstone’s mix.”

‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance V9’, mixed by Solarstone & Stoneface & Terminal is out November 12. Make it happen here!

Pure Trance Volume 9 Tracklist:

Disc 1 – Mixed by Solarstone
01. Adam Nickey – Reflections
02. ZOYA – Nostalgia (Solarstone Retouch)
03. Foxhill – Waiting on the Beach (DJ Mix)
04. Hoopoe – Matahari (Balearic Mix – Solarstone Retouch)
05. Hel:sløwed – Bashed
06. EverLight – The Long Road Home (Sinful Biz Remix – Solarstone Edit)
07. Lostly – Violet (Solarstone Edit)
08. Aerium – Something More (Solarstone Retouch)
09. Solarstone – S3000 (island version)
10. Lustral – Everytime (Danny Stubbs Remix – Solarstone Edit)
11. Akkima – Moments (Solarstone Retouch)
12. Paul Ryan – Stars
13. Sunscreem – Love U More (Solarstone Pure Mix)
14. Robert Nickson – Delyo’s Voyage (Solarstone Edit)

Disc 2 – Mixed by Stoneface & Terminal
01. Cosmic Baby – Loops of Infinity (Gundamea Rework – Intro Version)
02. Basil O’Glue & Nomas – San Giljan
03. Pico Boulevard – Another Time
04. Stoneface & Terminal & SinSonic – Spaceglide
05. Martin LeBlanc – Lagom (Activa Rework)
06. Paul Denton – Ricochet (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
07. M.I.K.E. Push vs Trinitro – Endless Balance (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
08. Corin Bayley presents R3B0RN3 – My Kaleidoscope
09. Stoneface & Terminal with Robert Nickson – From the Sun
10. Solarstone with Stoneface & Terminal – Mist on the Hill (Stoneface & Terminal Mix)
11. Lost Witness – Lateott
12. Sam Laxton – Life in Trance
13. Stoneface & Terminal – Frontlines (Book Series Version)

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Solarstone’s collaboration with modular synth wizard 'Dreams of Wires'

Drawn from the arsenal of Electronic Architecture Vol. 4, this is Solarstone’s collaboration with modular synth wizard Wayne Taylor. Created from a modular synth demonstration by Dreams of Wires. Kicked off with Electro breaks and murky synths, ‘Equilibrium’ drives home an evolving and hypnotizing motif with rolling bass, spring reverb splashes, retro 606 percussion, swelling pads & acidic undertones.

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Electronic Architecture 4 Deconstructed

1. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Lament (EA4 Version) 03:28
2. Nick Silvestri – Little Things (Solarstone Reconstruction) 05:12
3. Vincent Lewis – Pulse Train 06:04
4. Xabiso – Children of the Night (Solarstone Reconstruction) 08:39
5. Dan-Andrei Zinca – Wildflower (Extended Mix) 05:43
6. V-Ti – Space Dogs (Solarstone Reconstruction) 06:19
7. Passive Progressive – Fluke (Solarstone Reconstruction) 05:52
8. Forerunners – Sunreturn 07:51
9. When I Dream (Kryder Remix EA4 Version) 06:32
10. Basil O’Glue – Take Me on Your Flight 07:48
11. DISCO19 – Sea of Stars (Solarstone Reconstruction) 06:25
12. Pale Blue Dot (EA4 Version) 05:56
13. Lostly – We’re Descending (EA4 Version) 06:11
14. Solarstone & Orkidea – Slowmotion VI (EA4 Version) 08:07
15. Coredata – 94 (EA4 Version) 10:05
16. MK8 – Breathe (Extended Mix) 05:06
17. Men-D – Dropped by The Gods vs Stowers & Coopers – Shattered Skies (Acapella) 06:22
18. Alucard – Midway 04:39
19. Gary Afterlife – Wavering Light (Solarstone Reconstruction) 05:11
20. ZOYA – Bright Star (Solarstone Reconstruction) 06:27
21. Shadow Realm – Other Side of the Sky (EA4 Version) 08:05
22. Martin LeBlanc – Lagom (EA4 Version) 07:59
23. Glynn Alan – Limitless (Extended Mix) 08:26
24. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Kyoto (Solarstone Reconstruction) 08:22
25. Macker – Lost in Space (Simon Bostock Remix EA4 Version) 07:35
26. Stoneface & Terminal – Lose My Need (Solarstone Reconstruction) 11:04
27. Solarstone & Dreams of Wires – Equilibrium (EA4 Version) 07:32
28. Alucard – Phoenix 03:48

The Deconstructed edition of Electronic Architecture Vol. 4 is released today, featuring full, unedited / extended mixes of all tracks.

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'Rediscover' the new Young Parisians single.

Young Parisians is a side project I last used 14 years ago. I decided to resurrect it as a home for this low bpm progressive, melodic groove featuring this fabulous vocal from the wonderful Katherine Amy. It’s a defiantly optimistic record, best served with sunshine.

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The second remix package of Solarstone’s evergreen classic.

Complementing the earlier remixes of Chris Schweizer and Ferry Tayle, the second remix package of Solarstone’s evergreen classic rocks today’s music culture with an irresistible sense of nostalgia. Celebrating its twenty-year anniversary a second time through Alex Di Stefano’s supercharged rendition, Kristina Sky’s mellow Pacific Coast Remix and a club-tailored edit from Factor B under his Highlandr alias, this three-track selection pushes fans back into the days of old whilst simultaneously charming its way into the hearts of the newer generations.

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Not quite a remix, but more than an edit.

The acclaimed Electronic Architecture 4 compilation features 12 of Solarstone’s ‘Reconstructions’. Not quite a remix, but more than an edit – the ‘deep mixing’ of the EA series involves layering of individual stems from component tracks, often resulting in something quite different from the Artists’ original vision of the piece – a standalone revision. This EP features two – a tempo & energy raising of Super-Frog Saves Tokyo’s momentous modular crafted ‘Kyoto’ and a re-carving of the sumptuously melodic & airy ‘Bright Star’ from ZOYA.

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Dreamtime is but a click away - Kryder’s killer ‘When I Dream’ remix arrives today.

Fast into the single slipstream of Solarstone’s ‘island’ album last year fell the positively cyanic ‘When I Dream’. As summer summoning as they come, its glide into the blue was a tonic for all those starved of a trip to the Isle itself.

As hot-season dawns once again – by proxy of an astonishingly fine remix from man of the moment Kryder, Solarstone makes a timely return to the track.

After Jam El Mar’s beefing up ‘island’s ‘Restless 4.a.m.’ last month, Kryder’s swung the remix needle in the other direction. He’s dropped ‘When I Dream’ into an even deeper REM state, and one where its carry-you-away Balearic visions can become even more vivid and pulsing.

Tempo lowered, Kryder hardwires rolling bass undulation into its looping, engaging ever-evolving main melody. Hovering its detuned pianoforte evocatively in the midrange, through hypnotic tom-tom percussion he brings greater yet focus to its groove. Spilling the mix over from trance into progressive, his weave of beach ether, bass throb, FX drift and heat-hazed piano all meet on one sensationally moment-capturing remix.

Kryder’s killer ‘When I Dream’ remix arrives today – dreamtime is but a click away

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