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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Solarstone and Orkidea’s latest ‘Slowmotion’ strike receives its singles pin today.

Serializing singles have been a part of the electronic music landscape since Dave Clarke’s started adding numbers to his legendary ‘Red’ releases. There’s never been a sequence quite as enduringly and era-reflecting as Solarstone and Orkidea’s ‘Slowmotion’ series though. Essentially a musical testament to an evolving relationship between the two artists, it has waymarked their shared (and now decade-long) musical unity.

May sees the arrival of not just their latest coming-together, but also one of the most pivotal moments in Solarstone’s just-released 4th ‘Electronic Architecture’.

Naturally each ‘Slowmotion’ is its own entity, but the series is bound together – not just by numerals – but also an overarching tone and feel. That’s something that Richard & Tapio again lock into the earliest moments of ‘Slowmotion’s sixth, and never stop developing throughout.
Using a midtempo pace, they power it with a bass-led progressive roll, generating a Morodor-like neo-disco groove for the track. Firing cinematically spacey 80s FX through a modern day prism, the duo reinterpret them retro-futuristically, building the track up to its epically galactic conclusion.

Solarstone and Orkidea’s latest ‘Slowmotion’ strike receives its singles pin today. Find it through all good sales and streaming platforms now.

Tracklist:

01. Solarstone & Orkidea – Slowmotion VI (Extended Mix)
02. Solarstone & Orkidea – Slowmotion VI (Original Mix)


Solarstone 'Nails' it with his remix for Hybrid.

Second single from electronic heavy hitters Hybrid’s forthcoming (sixth) studio album, and ‘Nails’ see’s the duo stray into propulsive 4/4 territory.

Charlotte Truman’s seemingly effortless delivery of an arena sized song is matched by co partner Mike’s steady unfurling of sonic pyrotechnics throughout as ‘Nails’ builds to a pounding, but never overstated climax, full of melody, scale and ambition.

On the remix front, Solarstone keeps the song structure in place, and melodies to the fore, but adds precision engineered rhythms and swelling builds for maximum summer dancefloor impact.

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Seven Cities (Remixes Pt. 1)

Revisiting Solarstone’s Balearic Trance anthem, Armada Music unveils ‘Seven Cities’ Remixes Part. 1. Picking up the tempo with a driving rendition, Argentinian rocketing producer Chris Schweizer takes the original to an alternative dimension. Keeping the pedal to the metal, French Trance Titan Ferry Tayle delivers a stunning interpretation, taking listeners on a journey across euphoric soundscapes. The penultimate track is Solarstone’s globally adored ‘Atlantis Mix’, followed by the captivating ‘Pure Mix’.

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Solarstone - Restless 4 a.m. (Parametrik Mix)

You may wonder who is behind the ‘Parametrik Mix’ of ‘Restless 4 A.M.’ … well it’s actually me… it’s not a new alias by the way – but I wanted to do a deeper, & more forceful / club-friendly version of the track which explored the ‘techno’ vibe of the original further, and the name ‘Parametrik’ just kind of popped into my head.

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Electronic Architecture is back with Volume 4.

Whilst never down to one factor, Pure Trance’s capturing of the scene’s zeitgeist, and the unchecked success that followed played no small part. Like ‘island’ (last year’s out-of-nowhere Solarstone LP), its return though is down to something far more appreciable. The last twelve months have brought a step change in electronic music needs and with ‘Pure Trance’ receiving a well-earned mix-sabbatical last autumn, it’s allowed the cultural time, space and climate for something many had consigned to Solarstone legacy.

Aside from the pulsingly positive multi-coloured lights that emanate from within its cube, the ‘Arthitecture’ of the fourth ‘Architecture’ is visibly more brutalist & current-day resonant than its predecessors. Its musical remit though remains timelessly unchanged. Tonally & thematically, ‘EA4’ owns the equidistant middleground between the ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Renaissance’ albums. Never seeing the electronica-extremes of the former, nor quite as floor-intense as the latter, their progressivism hits the perfect median between.

Despite being offered as a physical item (how could something this beautiful not!), digitally ‘Electronic Architecture 4’ has been devised as a start-through-finish listening experience. The new nonpareil of the kick-back-‘n-musically-trip encounter, its soundscape has few – if any – modern parallels.

As ever the musical backbone of this new release is made up of creatives who’ve cut their teeth on previous Solarstone projects and new talent, freshly recruited to its ranks. In regard to the former, new music resounds from the likes of Lostly, Basil O’Glue, Stoneface & Terminal, Super-Frog Saves Tokyo, Forerunners, Nick Silvestri and others. To its new-talent-latter meanwhile, Solarstone has gone further than ever before in uncovering it. As well as welcoming an influx of new music through the front door, he scoured the Internet’s forum-highways & Bandcamp-byways in search of promise. When he found it – even in its most embryonic form, no effort was spared to cultivate it for ‘EA4’. Case in point, ‘Equilibrium’ – the album’s penultimate track. Nominally a one-minute software demo from technologist Dreams Of Wires, Solarstone worked with just the briefest of melody ideas to bring Dreams his first fully realised production.

Whilst on its comeback-track, ‘Electronic Architecture’ experienced more than its fair share of stars-aligning moments. Halfway into production, regular Solarstone collaborator Alucard announced the end of his retirement by dropping an album’s worth of material into ‘EA’s demo box – several of which found their way into its mix. Richard also stumbled across a twelve-year-old ‘lost-tape’ track from Vincent Lewis (who – fact-fans – went on to direct Solarstone’s ‘Electric Love’ video!). In essence a musical time capsule dating back to ‘EA’s most embryonic times, ‘Pulse Train’ became part of the album’s opening stages. ‘We’re Descending’ – Lostly’s stunning latest – arrived within hours of Rich needing something to further a moodier tranche, whilst opening track ‘Lament’ by Super-Frog Saves Tokyo’s landed a day after the project commenced. In timely fashion the album also hosts new Solarstone production ‘Pale Blue Dot’, his & Orkidea’s sixth ‘Slowmotion’ and Kryder’s desk-hot remix of ‘island’s ‘When I Dream’.

Key as ever to ‘Electronic Architecture’s constitution are Solarstone’s own Reconstructions – eleven of which feature over the duration. Not remixes, re-edits or re-imaginings exactly, they are versions that bring incredible tracks into line with the series’ sonic ethic, as Richard does everything from tweak to wholesale reconfigure them to fit.

Timelessly picking up exactly where ‘EA3’ left off – whilst also giving us a highly desirable musical anchor to the last decade, the fourth epic ‘Electronic Architecture’ walks among us from May 14. Is the greatest mix-album of the year here already!? May just be… but there’s only one way to truly find out…

‘Electronic Architecture 4’ Tracklist:

01. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Lament
02. Nick Silvestri – Little Things
03. Vincent Lewis – Pulse Train
04. Xabiso – Children of the Night (Reconstruction)
05. Andrei Zinca – Wildflower (Reconstruction)
06. V-Ti – Space Dogs (Reconstruction)
07. Passive Progressive ft. Sentient Mullet – Fluke (Reconstruction)
08. Forerunners – Sunreturn
09. Solarstone – When I Dream (Kryder Remix)
10. Basil O’Glue & Nomas – Untold
11. Solarstone & Bill McGruddy – Take Me On Your Flight (Acapella)
12. DISCO19 – Sea of Stars (Reconstruction)
13. Solarstone – Pale Blue Dot
14. Lostly – We’re Descending (Reconstruction)
15. Solarstone & Orkidea – Slowmotion VI
16. Coredata – 94 (Reconstruction)
17. MK8 – Breathe
18. Men-D – Dropped By The Gods (Reconstruction)
19. Stowers & Cooper ft Brooke Woods – Shattered Skies (Acapella)
20. Alucard – Midway
21. Gary Afterlife – Wavering Light (Reconstruction)
22. ZOYA – Bright Star (Reconstruction)
23. Shadow Realm – Other Side of the Sky
24. Martin LeBlanc – Lagom
25. Glynn Alan – Limitless
26. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo – Kyoto (Reconstruction)
27. Macker – Lost In Space (Simon Bostock Remix)
28. Stoneface & Terminal – Lose My Need (Reconstruction)
29. Solarstone & Dreams of Wires – Equilibrium
30. Alucard – Phoenix


Jam El Mar taking up ‘Restless 4. a.m.’s remix-reins.

On his musical imagining of your first 24 hours on Ibiza, Solarstone used the ‘island’ album’s ‘Restless 4.a.m.’ to encapsulate that exact time of the clubbing night. A moody, pensive bass-heavy piece, with a portentous nod to ‘Tubular Bells’, it was a transitional tune that – in a ‘less-equals-more’ manner – brought the floor down a gear ahead of dawn’s big conclusion.

As the track reaches its single release, one electronic music legend delivers a baton pass to another, with Jam El Mar taking up ‘Restless 4. a.m.’s remix-reins.

Jam ports Solarstone’s dynamics to the same time of the night, but swaps its club environment. Whilst the original bridged the divide between progressive & trance, Jam’s recalibrates it for more techno-oriented floors. He ups the drum pound and shades them with doomy didgeridoos & middle-distant melodies, before finally letting those ominous bells toll & its bass fully thunder.

‘Restless, 4.a.m.’ – we’ve all been there… and soon will again, as Jam El Mar’s remix hits stores and streaming platforms today.

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You're so cool...

Retro & summer vibes all over. Check out the official video of Solarcoaster (Marsh Remix) on Youtube.

https://youtu.be/kLL6kmJzDcc


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Pure bliss from Marsh.


Almost two decades after its original release, Solarstone’s classic ‘Solarcoaster’ now gets to embrace the unique production capabilities of U.K. creator Tom Marshall (Marsh). Infused with nothing but pure bliss through the gentle rhythms and tender sounds, this remix only heightens the broad appeal of a record that can only be deemed evergreen.

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Sample-driven trance with Solarstone's S3000.




For his first release of the new year, Solarstone brings in 2021 with something rather special. Bursting with more hooks than a fisherman’s net, the aptly titled S3000 (named in honour of the legendary Akai Sampler which revolutionised electronic music production in the nineties) marks a revisitation of sample-driven Trance. According to Solarstone “the creative use of samples in music production introduces a rich palette of sound-colour and diverse tonal elements which could be considered lacking in today’s VST preset culture”. The music speaks for itself.


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