It’s always summer somewhere. 'island' - the single lands today!


No man is an island and no one musician is the island, but for a producer who became the near physical embodiment of Balearic Trance, Solarstone’s affinity with Ibiza is clearer than most.

This summer, 20+ years on from ‘Seven Cities’, Solarstone recorded an album, which served as a sonic storyboard for the first 24hrs of any White Isle trip. Piling poignancy on poignancy and imagery on imagery, the last single to be drawn from it in 2020 is none other than ‘island’ itself.

The soundscape-suggestion of the album’s title (and opening) track couldn’t be much clearer. It echoes the inimitable pulse and thrill of arrival over Ibizan airspace, as blue gives way to beach, sea cedes to sand and rubber greets runway.

With a percussive skip to its opening moments’ step, Solarstone underpins ‘island’s wistful guitar lines with coolly grooving – and distinctly foot-moving – bass. Flute float and other evocative string-strummed instruments give it flight, before the majesty of its mainline brings the final encapsulation of its island-arrival theme.

A timely reminder that it’s always summer somewhere, Solarstone’s perfectly expanded new version of ‘island’ lands today and is available through all good streaming and sales platforms .

Tracklist: Solarstone: Island

01. ‘island’ (Original Mix)
02. ‘island’ (Extended Mix)

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Your mornings just got a bit better!

Starting as of November 2nd, The Morning Show with Solarstone - every weekday 7AM GMT, exclusively on my Twitch channel!

Featuring the best in trance & progressive, and with features such as the Coffee Break and The Kickstarter - where subscribers can request their favourite tune to kickstart the day. So make sure to follow my channel and make your mornings just a little bit better!

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Summer Fills The Sky


Last month ‘When I Dream’ became the first single sonic to be dispatched from Solarstone’s Ibizan album/loveletter, ‘island’. Joining it today, ‘Summer Fills The Sky’ expands on ‘island’s mission to musically encapsulate the 2020 White Isle expedition most had to forgo.

‘Summer Fills The Sky’ is Solarstone’s musical backing to that first full, uncheckable moment of rapture that every island tripper experiences. When the journey’s done and – viewed from balcony or beach – the point between the ocean below & the heavens above melts into one.

For its standalone release, Solarstone frees ‘Sky’ from album runtime constraints, developing its multiple themes into an epic, nigh-on-10-minute expansion. Sunkissed timbale rhythms underpin its curled acid, while vocoders grace the vocal and the harps & arps bring it its heart. Solarstone also turns ‘Summer’ into a family affair, with son Oscar playing session guitar on the track and making his recording debut in the process.

The Original and & Extended versions of ‘Summer Fills The Sky’ arrive on all good streaming & sales platforms today at this link. ‘island’, the full 10-track evocation of the first 24 hours upon Isla Blanca is available now and can be pre-ordered here (https://solarstone.complete.me/island).

Tracklist:

Solarstone – Summer Fills The Sky (Extended Mix)
Solarstone – Summer Fills The Sky (Original Mix)

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Seven Cities Reimagined by Tom Staar.


A huge, no-holds-barred and emotionally charged remix from none other than Tom Staar, this brand-new rendition of Solarstone’s ‘Seven Cities’ celebrates the twenty-year anniversary of the unmistakably evergreen Trance anthem. From the iconic guitar-like synth soars to the pounding drums and stadium-quivering bass, this reimagination makes for quite a memorable ride on dance floors worldwide.

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The first 'island' single is here: when i dream


Initially written for his own lockdown-relieving fulfilment, this month ‘island’s music collection becomes something for everyone. An album for those who have to dream or recall, rather than first-hand-experience that place between sea and sky this year.

Prefacing its full release, its first single ‘When I Dream’ arrives today. The track – a confection of Ibizan inspirations – came to Solarstone, whilst he was mentally picturing past and future trips to the White Isle.

Closer ears will hear understated nods to Balearic classics throughout (N&K’s ‘Beachball’, Jaco’s ‘Show Some Love’ and even Solarstone’s own ‘Seven Cities’ among them). Its most clear and present influence however (a sample in fact) is paradoxically the track’s least evident.

Never envisaging a release for the production (chronologically it was the first that came into being), Solarstone took stock from ‘Virtual Reality’ by cult musical provocateur/arch avant-garde-ist Momus. As the track pile that ultimately became ‘island’ started to mount, Richard spotted a rather large hurdle ahead for ‘When I Dream’… In his 40-year career, Momus had yet to OK the use of a sample.

Never faint of heart however, Rich outreached, made contact and managed to secure ‘When I Dream’ an airing with Momus. That those samples appear unaltered in its opening minutes say all that’s necessary as to what transpired.

In title & tone ‘When I Dream’ (and indeed Momus’s ‘Virtual Reality’) embody the theme of the album at large: the imagined, recollected and mentally visualised island trip. You can find the Club & Extended versions of the single on all good streaming & sales platforms from today. Solarstone’s full 10-track evocation of the first 24 hours upon Isla Blanca is available from September 18th and can be pre-ordered here.

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island ... a love letter to Ibiza.


What did you do during the big stay-home? Solarstone wrote himself an album – an unplanned one obviously, and one – by his own acknowledgment – he wouldn’t have gotten to write in more conventional times. ‘A lockdown album’ by any other name – not the first and undoubtedly not the last.

‘island’ started with a thought, which was part of March and April’s global realisation that this summer was to be unlike any other.

The cornerstone for most in hot season revolves around a trip – often to an island and of course for many, one isle in particular. So Solarstone wrote something for those that would have to dream or recall, rather than first-hand-experience that first day on the island. The holiday literally reimagined.

Embarking with its title track, its soundscape-suggestion couldn’t be clearer. It conveys the inimitable pulse and thrill of arrival over island airspace, as blue gives way to beach, sea becomes sand and rubber greets runway. It’s followed by the heel-cool equalisation of ‘Deepblue’, whose low-tempo breaks, temperately warping synths and percussive claves muster vistas of rurally rugged between-towns roads, heat shimmer ever-hovering over the highway ahead.  

With ‘When I Dream’, the album moves from a less reclined position, drawing inspiration (and indeed a sample) from ‘Virtual Reality’ by cult musical provocateur Momus. ‘Summer Fills The Sky’ is the backing for that first full roaring moment of elation every tripper experiences. When the journey’s done and – viewed from the balcony – the point between the ocean and the heavens becomes indistinct and infinite promise beckons. Notably making his debut on a Solarstone track is Richard’s son Oscar, who played session guitar for it.

Solarstone says of the idea behind ‘island’ and its composition: “this music collection is a love letter to Ibiza, recorded between March & July when ‘the Island’ was the one place I yearned to be. Ironically, the lockdown – a unique time of rare focus for many DJ/producers – meant that I could conceive & create a record that in ‘normal’ times probably couldn’t have happened. ‘Normal’ meaning flights to catch, snatched studio time and a requisite to make ‘music to play in clubs’. These things can create studio tunnel-vision, so this is my ‘lockdown silver lining’ which represents a day and a night on ‘the island’ that so many of us miss, but will which hopefully soon return”.

Crossing into its second half, ‘Twilight’ puts a very specific time-pin in your first 24 on this ‘island’. After the initial rush, the sun consumes sea and you find yourself suspended in those magic few not-day/not-quite-night minutes. With ‘Heal My Broken Heart’ the album consummately clicks over into the dark half, its occasional drum & bass loops all that’s needed to propel it. 20 years on, Solarstone re-teams with ‘Speak In Sympathy’ singer Elizabeth Fields for a piece of music that echoes those transitions between bar, restaurant and club.

The most decidedly ‘club’ track on, unquestionably, Solarstone’s least clubby album is ‘Take Me On Your Flight’ – the orientation of which scarcely needs more explanation. In both production and vocal, pulsing, trippy and mesmeric – it’s the track that you hear from the entrance of the club that makes you wish you’d arrived ten minutes earlier.

‘Restless 4am’ – well, we’ve all been there. Solarstone captures the moment with a throbbing, bass heavy, 303 tinted number that nods to Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’, whilst seizing that dawn-on-approach mood. Blinking out into the post-club sunlight, the album concludes with two collaborative tracks with Murakami-inspired/Bristol-based electronic musician Space-Frog Saves Tokyo. ‘Frontier Pt II’ is the defiantly optimistic upbeat yang to their April-released dystopian ‘Pt.1. Setting you on the road home, ‘Tied’ meanwhile is its achingly beautiful beat-shorn companion, which wraps both the promise of rest and a brand new island day into its feel.

If you’ve not been to the island, or indeed any island in 2020, Solarstone’s 10-track evocation is the trip you should take. It departs September 18th and is available to pre-order from today.

Tracklisting:

01. island
02. deepblue
03. when i dream
04. summer fills the sky
05. twilight
06. heal my broken heart (ft. elizabeth fields)
07. take me on your flight (ft. bill mcgruddy)
08. restless 4 a.m.
09. frontier pt. II
10. tied

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One+. The company piece to the One Box Set.

One+, the company piece to the One Box Set is now available to pre-order! Released on June 19th via Black Hole Recordings, One+ features more than 60 tracks including instrumentals, all the Extended and Club mixes plus 8 or 9 previously unreleased remixes. (Digital Release only)

Solarstone – One + Tracklist:

Disc 1. Extended.
01. Leap Of Faith (Extended Mix) (7:35)
02. Eclipse (Parts I + II) (9:30)
03. Untitled Love (with Rabbii) (Extended Mix) (5:23)
04. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (Extended Club Mix) (7:33)
05. Slowmotion IV (with Orkidea) (Extended Mix) (9:21)
06. I Found You (with Meredith Call) (Extended Mix) (6:36)
07. A State Of Mind (Alternative Extended Version) (10:23)
08. Cafuné (Full Version) (8:00)
09. Midsummer Nights (Extended Mix) (8:00)
10. Shards (Full Version) (4:42)
11. Thank You (Extended Mix) (8:31)
12. I Want You Here (with Thea Riley) (Club Mix) (8:54)
13. Shield PT. II (Expanded) (9:22)
14. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn) (Epic Pure Mix) (8:42)
15. Motif (Club Mix) (8:01)
16. Without You (with Meredith Call) (Full Version) (7:55)
17. Voyager II (with Robert Nickson) (Extended Mix) (9:07)
18. Slowmotion V (with Orkidea) (Extended Mix) (7:28)
19. Rainbow King (with Julie Scott) (Full Version) (6:57)
20. Sky (Club Mix) (9:12)
21. Landmark (with Lostly) (Club Mix) (7:53)
22. Endeavour (Club Mix) (7:30)
23. Monkey Mia (with Future Disciple) (Club Mix) (7:00)
24. Spirit (with Activa) (Club Mix) (8:05)
25. Indestructible (with Betsie Larkin) (Full Version) (7:01)
26. Father (with Gai Barone) (Full Version) (5:04)

Disc 2. Instrumental.
01. Untitled Love (with Rabbii) (Instrumental) (5:24)
02. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (Instrumental) (4:33)
03. I Found You (with Meredith Call) (Instrumental) (5:18)
04. Shards (Instrumental) (4:44)
05. I Want You Here (with Thea Riley) (Instrumental) (7:39)
06. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn) (Instrumental) (5:54)
07. Without You (with Meredith Call) (Instrumental) (8:00)
08. Rainbow King (with Julie Scott) (Instrumental) (6:56)
09. Indestructible (with Betsie Larkin) (Instrumental) (6:59)

Disc 3. Remixed.
01. Leap Of Faith (Pure Mix) (8:40)
02. Untitled Love (with Rabbii) (Nude Mix) (9:09)
03. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (Eskai & SNR Extended Remix) (5:14)
04. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (Genix Extended Remix) (6:01)
05. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit) (Sneijder Remix) (7:00)
06. Slowmotion IV (with Orkidea) (F-Act Remix) (5:27)
07. I Found You (with Meredith Call) (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix) (6:51)
08. A State Of Mind (Pure Mix) (8:31)
09. A State Of Mind (Mike St. Jules Extended Interstellar Mix) (7:44)
10. Cafuné (Ambient Version) (6:05)
11. Midsummer Nights (Glynn Alan Extended Remix) (8:07)
12. Shards (Afterhours Mix) (4:33)
13. Thank You (Chillout Mix) (5:03)
14. I Want You Here (with Thea Riley) (Paul Sawyer Remix) (7:24)
15. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn) (Sheridan Grout Extended Remix) (5:49)
16. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn) (Orchestral Version) (4:31)
17. Motif (Robert Nickson Extended Remix) (7:18)
18. Without You (with Meredith Call) (Sam Mitcham Remix) (8:22)
19. Voyager II (with Robert Nickson) (Extended Club Mix) (7:59)
20. Rainbow King (with Julie Scott) (Cold Blue Extended Remix) (7:30)
21. Sky (Ciaran McAuley Extended Remix) (7:05)
22. Sky (Lostly Remix) (8:37)
23. Monkey Mia (with Future Disciple) (David Forbes Extended Remix) (6:10)
24. Father (with Gai Barone) (Gai Barone Nusa Lembongan Remix) (9:05)

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The final single from One is here!

Journey north out of Perth and you’ll find a dot on the coastal map that’s garnered something of a post-gig need-to-see rep with DJs travelling out that way. Don’t let that title fool you though, as this place delivers profound experiences of a less-simian and more dolphin-communing variety. Ones profound enough too it seems for Solarstone to tag his latest track with it.

Joining him for the ride is Future Disciple, who, not un-coincidentally is a resident of those Western Australian parts and likely the man that set Solarstone on course to Monkey Mia in the first place.

The track – well, if after that intro you’re expecting anything other than a transcendental, suck-you-in trance-trip, best think again! Halcyon circling piano notes, sub-Saharan chants, moving melodies, elegant key changes and a won’t-quit bassline combine on its new Club Mix expansion, all making for seven wholly unforgettable minutes of music.

Given all this mind-expanding epic-ness, most spinners natural inclination will be to get ‘Monkey Mia’ as late-night/main-set as possible. Solarstone’s way ahead of you though, parachuting David Forbes into the track’s remix slot. Suffice to say Hal Stucker this is not! Through a top-end tempo, bass-surge, tech-flex, acrid acid and an absolute shirt ripper of a mainline, this sonic force of nature is very much the beast to Solarstone & Future Disciple’s beauty.

Red pill or blue, it’s all here and yours for the choosing!

Tracklist

01: Solarstone & Future Disciple - Monkey Mia (Club Mix)
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Solarstone presents The Pure Mix 02

The Pure Mix is a monthly streaming-exclusive featuring the best & most recent releases from Solarstone’s Pure Trance record label arsenal, fan favourites, exclusive mash-ups plus the occasional beloved classic – all seamlessly mixed by the man himself. The 2nd instalment of The Pure Mix is now available for your listening pleasure 🙂

Tracklist:

Solarstone presents The Pure Mix 02
01. Jody Wisternoff – Andromeda [Anjunadeep]
02. Proluction – No Matter What [Intricate Records]
03. Analog Jungs – Marbella [onedotsixtwo]
04. Paul Sawyer – Terminus (Mir Omar Remix) [Krafted Music]
05. meHiLove – Internal World [Silk Music]
06. Lustral – Everytime (Sultan + Shepard Remix) [Armada]
07. Orkidea – That Feeling [VII]
08. Ferry Corsten – Tomorrow [Flashover]
09. Solarstone – Take Me On Your Flight II [Pure Trance]
10. Armin Van Buuren – In + Out Of Love (Blizzard Remix) [Armada]
11. Aerium – Horizons (Solarstone Pure Mix) [Pure Trance]
12. Tastexperience – Tantrix (Johan Gielen Remix) [Black Hole]
13. Sam Mitcham – Amarula (Club Mix) [Pure Trance]
14. Tony Anderson – Immersion (Robert Nickson Remix) [Pure Trance]
15. Somna & BLÜ EYES – More (Ferry Tayle Remix) [AVA Special]
16. Solarstone & Ian Urbina – Existence [Pure Trance]
17. Siskin – Connected (Club Mix) [Pure Trance]
18. Solarstone – 4ever (Pure Mix) [Pure Trance]
19. Craig Connelly ft. Tara Lousie – Time Machine [Black Hole]
20. Steve Dekay & Emanuele Congeddu – Origami [Regenerate Records]
21. Solarstone & Scott Bond – 3rd Earth (Rebooted Mix) [Armada]

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Solarstone & Ian Urbina - Existence (Club Mix)

Inspired by New York Times & Pulitzer Prize-wining author Ian Urbina’s best-selling book ‘The Outlaw Ocean’, ‘Existence’ was premiered by Solarstone at ASOT950 in February, and is taken from the 4-track ‘Frontier EP’, recently released as part of the multi-artist ‘Outlaw Ocean Music’ project, full information about which can be found via http://www.theoutlawoceanmusic.com

About the music: The 4 tracks featured on the ‘Frontier EP’ were written by Richard Mowatt and David Harrison (aka Super-Frog Saves Tokyo) in an early-2020 10-day studio session. The first to be offered up in extended Club Mix format is ‘Existence’ – an exhilarating, dramatic & captivating pure trance ride featuring all the glean, polish & melodic intricacy synonymous with Solarstone’s productions.

About the book: “A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see… the soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself.” (Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean). Full information can be found via theoutlawocean.com.

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