My god, it's full of stars!

The title track of Solarstone’s 2008 album is remixed for a new decade by Robert Nickson under his deep progressive alias RNX. All the original’s evocative melodies are in place, enhanced by a widescreen production featuring some burbling & squelchy 303 action, a driving percussion track and sweeping pads.

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A little update.

‪A little update regarding my upcoming shows (& that which shall not be named).‬

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Solarstone - Sky (Ciaran McAuley Remix)

As premiered by Solarstone at A State Of Trance 950 in Utrecht;
a masterpiece remix by the Irish talent Ciaran McAuley.

Tracklist

01: Solarstone – ‘Sky’ (Ciaran McAuley Remix)’
02: Solarstone – ‘Sky’ (Ciaran McAuley Extended Remix)’

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Relive Solarstone's magical #ASOT950 set!

Relive Solarstone's magical set from A State of Trance 950!

The full set is now available on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and iTunes via Pure Trance Radio #225 - or watch the full set via Solarstone's channel on Youtube here:


Boundary pushing in nature, outright epic in feel. Solarstone & Orkidea’s fifth ‘Slowmotion’ arrives today!

Your next singles engagement with ‘3’ - Solarstone’s most recent longplayer – comes (title-wise at least) in an agreeably familiar form. Brothers-in-musical-arms Solarstone & Orkidea today deliver an exceptional fifth entry to ‘Slowmotion’, their episodic co-production canon. A decade since the first, ‘V’ again represents the perfect dichotomy between the two artists’ respective sonics.

The fifth ‘Slowmotion’ is an exercise in sonic texture and contrast, albeit an Olympic scale. Matching one atypically ear-catching element against another, the duo assemble a musical tapestry that once heard will never be forgotten.

To this end Richard and Tapio play strikingly Deep Dish-y stabs off against lighter-touch synths, while its ass-shakin’ space-bass bounces atop its prog-cruise pace. Its build is measured, but once locked into its groove is unstoppable. When the pair finally lift the curtain on its esoteric, beamed-from-the-heavens lead line, ‘Slowmotion V’ summons atmospheres like no other.

Boundary pushing in nature, outright epic in feel, with Solarstone & Orkidea’s fifth ‘Slowmotion’ arrives today

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The ‘Voyager’ you need to launch the new decade is here!

Solarstone’s first for 2020 also served as the overture for ‘3’ – the Pure Trance sentinel’s most recent longplayer. Given a musical affinity manifest to most, this surprisingly is also the first time Solarstone and Robert Nickson have worked directly together. Reaching out, Richard envisioned a ‘part 2’ to his ‘Pure’-album housed ‘Voyager’ track. ‘Voyager II’ is the result of their first studio union… and a “result” is precisely what it is!

Over its course, the track covers a swathe of trance terrain. With its heaven-sent vocal harmonies and high-end piano keys chiming off its opening synth swells, it sets out its melodic case. Richard & Robert then engage ‘Voyager II’s drive chain, gear-shifting it with driven kicks, hi-hat hiss, bass freight, acidic curl and finally its unstoppably surging, ultimately sky-touching mainline.

Says DJ Mag in their first issue of 2020: “As ‘Voyager II’ is to Solarstone’s ‘3’ LP, the sole purpose of an album’s intro track is to settle you in. No whitecaps or waves, ‘Voyager II’s proggy, piano-pondering cruise is exactly as you’d anticipate it. Right up until the break, anyway. There, out go the conventions and it's swept up into the most momentously carrying leadline Richard and Robert could get away with. A Money Shot in any other month – 9/10” (DJ Mag)

The ‘Voyager’ you need to launch the new decade is here - Solarstone and Robert Nickson’s shared opus makes for the stars today.

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A love conquers all message that couldn't be clearer.

In the most meaningful of musical ways, Solarstone today signs off on a truly epic career year.

Having previously found collaboration alchemy with Betsie Larkin through ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ and ‘Breathe You In’, a reteaming for the pair has become an evermore-requested one. One also long anticipated as ‘Indestructible’ – their new co-creation - marks the pair’s first rematch in six studio years.

Placing a momentary pause on the abiding uplift and floor elevation of Solarstone’s ‘3’ album, the track served a meditative midpoint oasis for his latest longplayer. Introspective of lyric and expressive of song, through it Betsie rhapsodically contemplates love’s indomitable side. Never less than poignant, its love-conquers-all message couldn’t be clearer.



Solarstone’s supporting production is a study in majestic slo-mo, with Richard fashioning nothing less than a tapestry through its soaring guitars, atmospherically charged piano and imaginative percussion arrangements.

Ahead of a Club Mix treatment in the New Year, ‘Indestructible’s devastating Original arrives on all good download stores and streaming platforms today


Christmas ‘Spirit’ reimagined!

How does Solarstone follow
the month that saw the release of his landmark ‘3’ album, the ‘One’ LP boxset and ‘Pure Trance Vol. 8’!? Well, no more
aptly or fitting a way than through the singling out of his first co-production
union with ‘Pure Trance Vol. 8’s co-mixer, Activa!

‘Spirit’ receives its Club Mix stripes this week and along with it comes a masterclass in the true art of trance from two of the scene’s most resolute. A track clubfloors will remember long after 2019’s dance is done, Solarstone & Activa’s shared ‘Spirit’ flows your way today.



Brilliantly walking the thematic line, ‘Spirit’ balances equal degrees heart and heat. By turns, over its eight straight minutes, the English producers’ feed progressive percs, acidic curl, blissed out vocals and rapacious lift into its system. Rich bass, coursing sub-melodies and a cultured mainline all assemble around an ether-soaked drop delivering a track that’ll leave no chest un-swelled! Christmas ‘Spirit’ reimagined, start getting seasonal through all good download stores and streaming outlets today!


Great at eight, Pure Trance Vol. 8 is out now!

It’s come a long way, baby! When the first ‘Pure Trance’ album was released in November of 2012, the genre’s landscape was a remarkably different. Nefarious hands had again been at work - cynically drip-feeding poppy-pollutants into trance’s system. Inorganic quick-hit sugar highs that threatened its otherwise rich ecosystem, someone had to stand up, blow the whistle and become the countermeasure.

Eight years on and while that peril’s not passed, it advance has been blunted, with many of its chancers moving on in search of something else to commercialise. As such the movement - forged and spearheaded by Solarstone, and having long since matured to include global club events, a much-loved weekly radio show and a triple-record label arsenal has, almost imperceptibly, transitioned. Vindicated – a battle largely won, it’s become less ‘mission’ and even more focussed on the music itself.

Fresh from the release of his ‘3’ and ‘One’ albums, our Pure Trance sentinel Solarstone delivers his eighth annual, bringing another fitting close to this P.T. year. Joining him for 2019’s edition is a DJ & producer whose re-emergence is – essentially - a living, breathing result of the movement itself. After almost a decade away, Activa’s reactivation is as sure a sign as any of the scene’s brighter days renaissance. He commits an astonishing second disc of energized trance elevations to complement Solarstone’s assured-as-ever selection of the purest.

On his eighth Pure Trance compilation voyage, Solarstone says: "I'm delighted to present this years Pure Trance edition! I decided to focus on the lower BPMs this time, and bring in one of my favourite producers - Activa - for the higher tempo side of things, and the quality of tunage is really outstanding, full of innovation and creativity. I hereby invite you to join us on a wonderful journey focusing on melodic, emotive progressive & driving, uplifting pure trance music."

Solarstone’s mix initially lies in the hypnotically languid, super-tranquil waters of ‘Beautiful Surface’ by Super-Frog Saves Tokyo. Taking its time to make those cool overtures, it features Solarstone’s own Retouches of Allende’s newie ‘Essence’, ‘This Side of Paradise’ from Romania’s Claudiu Adam and Oliver Imseng’s entrancing ‘New Dawns’.

The bassy throb of ‘Take Me On Your Flight Pt II’ from Solarstone and the Orkidea/Dinny Ward link-up ‘Forward Forever, Out Of The Screws’ start to establish a more floor-seeking heat for it - one that’s further amped by Sam Mitcham’s ‘Amarula’ and gardenstate’s ‘Bloom’. Bringing disc 1 to a head are RNX’s endlessly thrilling rework of Solarstone classic ‘Rain Stars Eternal’, The Blizzard’s gripping ‘Blue Hour’ and the Stripped Mix of Solarstone & Future Disciple’s marvellous ‘Monkey Mia’.

https://youtu.be/qf2ipExPppQ

While not missing the chance for a scene-setting sign-in (courtesy of Tony Anderson tellingly-titled ‘Immersion’), Activa’s commences Pure Trance operations further up the tempo & tone dial. He strikes quickly with Solar Movement’s exceptional 4/4 drive of Way Out West’s classic ‘Mindcircus’, as well as S.M.’s own ‘Pure Soul’ and Activa’s killer ‘Midnight’. ‘Journey To The Deep’ from Robert Nickson turns the thermostat up again, while Activa precision places New Ordinance’s ‘Beyond Gravity’ (Factor B’s rework), ‘Novo’ from Dan Stone and others, to ensure that mercury keeps rising. Rob stacks the mix’s third act with much of his own studio fare. Among them is ‘Spirit’ - the new single alongside Solarstone, as well as a retouch of Jaron Inc’s update of G&M Project’s ‘Sunday Afternoon’ and ‘When The Mask Falls’ - his on-approach teaming with Julie Thompson.

On his participation in ‘Pure Trance Vol.8’, Activa said: “Pure Trance; the label, the club nights and the compilations are well established and have a strong and loyal following, so to be asked to mix a disc for the 8th instalment was an honour, but a task that I knew I had to do right. I wanted to ensure that my mix was part of a bigger ‘whole’ and provide not just a journey on that disc, but a continuation of the journey from Rich’s mix while still keeping its own identity and sound."

‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance 8’, mixed by Solarstone and Activa hits stores & streams November 29th. No collection complete without it, you can stake your claim here! https://pure.complete.me/ptvol8

Pure Trance Volume 8 Tracklist:

Disc 1 - Mixed by Solarstone

01. Super-Frog Saves Tokyo - Beautiful Surfaces (Solarstone Ambient Intro Version)
02. Stoby & Coulter featuring Liz Cirelli - Sun is High (Solarstone Dubby Retouch)
03. New Ordinance & Gozzi - Aho (Vocal Version - Solarstone Retouch)
04. Allende - Essence (Solarstone Retouch)
05. Claudiu Adam - This Side of Paradise (Solarstone Retouch)
06. Oliver Imseng - New Dawns (Solarstone Retouch)
07. Solarstone - Take Me On Your Flight PT II
08. Orkidea vs. Dinny Ward - Forward Forever Out of the Screws (Solarstone Edit)
09. Men-D - Sarmale (Pure Trance 8 Version)
10. gardenstate - Bloom (Solarstone Retouch)
11. Obie Fernandez - Todo Para Mi (Pure Trance 8 Version)
12. Sam Mitcham - Amarula (Pure Trance 8 Version)
13. Solarstone - Rain Stars Eternal (Robert Nickson’s RNX Remix)
14. Ehren Stowers vs. Elizabeth Fields - Mandela Effect Speak in Sympathy (Solarstone Edit)
15. The Blizzard - Blue Hour (Solarstone Retouch)
16. Solarstone & Future Disciple - Monkey Mia (Stripped Mix)

Disc 2 - Mixed by Activa

01. Tony Anderson - Immersion (Intro Version)
02. Activa – Midnight
03. Way Out West - Mindcircus (Solar Movement Remix)
04. Stephens & Green - Lexicon
05. Sector7 - Cherry Blossom (Stephens & Green Rework)
06. Solar Movement - Pure Soul (Dark Mix)
07. Robert Nickson - Journey To The Deep
08. Jamieson & Lamb - Frost
09. Starpicker - The Traveller II
10. Dan Stone - Novo
11. New Ordinance - Beyond Gravity (Factor B Remix)
12. James Kitcher & Adam Taylor - Utopia at Midnight
13. Solarstone & Activa - Spirit
14. Simon McLeod – Recall
15. Factoria - Enlivened Frequencies
16. Sector7 & Niko Zografos - Efforia
17. G&M Project - Sunday Afternoon (Jaron Inc. Remix - Activa Rework)
18. Activa & Julie Thompson - When The Mask Falls


. . . - - completes Solarstone - One: A limited edition Box Set.

So here we are… and here it is. The culmination of a project that now comprises 27 pieces of music, delivered over a 3-album/4-year arc – all heralded by many a meaningful dot and dash.

In the instant-hit world of today, its cyphered titles have been a premeditated move to provide an album bomb with a longer fuse. A project assured enough in time & scope to draw the listener in, rather than hustle for short-lived attention in a consume/forget manner. The reason: well, several. Chief among them though is if you cross paths with but one Solarstone longplayer in your life, better it’s his most considered, expansive & honed ‘One’.

It’s also though provided its creator Richard Mowatt with both the opportunity and – crucially – time to fully flex a second artistic muscle. That specifically was Pop Art in nature – a form that captivated him as a child, motivated him as a teenager and one he’s immersed himself in as a man. It was only with a project that had the magnitude of ‘1’, ‘2’ & ‘3’ though that he felt he could make his own worthy addition to it.

On the subject Solarstone says: “my love of Pop Art began in the 80’s with Frankie Goes To Hollywood & ZTT’s work and Peter Saville’s Pet Shop Boys partnership. Imagery is an integral part of my branding and marketing and the ‘One’ project is, I guess, my own little contribution to an art form that fascinates me.

Today Solarstone releases not just the third and concluding longplayer in the series . . . - - but also the album works as they were always intended, united together as ‘One’ .

With ten compositions making up ‘3’s runtime (increased from the eight of its preceding two albums) Solarstone’s final action has a fan-thrilling weight about it. With the first two longplayers respectively marked as ‘deep’ and ‘uplifting’, it was clear at its earliest production stage that this would be the ‘collaboratory’ one. That’s born out by its extensive list of co-producers, writers and singer/songwriters. The album features team-ups with fellow studio-heads including Robert Nickson, Orkidea, Lostly, Future Disciple, Gabriel & Dresden, Activa, and Gai Barone. Further it’s afforded Richard the opportunity to reteam with Julie Scott and Betsie Larkin - two of the voices behind some of his most applauded contemporary work.   

As the overall project itself, this album is as inherently ‘Solarstone’ as they come - the very embodiment some might say (not least Solarstone himself). It a compression of downtempo pieces which give contrast to its club-connected, higher altitude numbers. Elsewhere there are soul-touch vocals and endlessly interpretable lyrics - each with their own unique nature. There are tracks like ‘Sky’ that will cheer the long-term fan and ones like ‘Slowmotion V’ (his fifth collaboration with Orkidea) that anchor it to ‘1’ & ‘2’. It also features works that affect like ‘Father’, those that lyrically intrigue (‘Rainbow King’), innovate (no better example than the G&D co-written ‘Endeavour’) and uplift -  ‘Monkey Mia’ and ‘Spirit’ to point to just two.

Dropping November 01, the album will naturally be available to stream or download. Additionally it will also arrived as single CD, or a triple-album set (both in boxset form) complete with an eminently collectable/frameable set of art cards and 3 wristbands. All formats are available to pre-order here from today.

This though is an album that has nothing if not time. Having produced it, Solarstone is content for those who discover to do so today, tomorrow, next month, next year or in a half dozen from now. After all, ‘One’s here now and music of this quality isn’t disappearing anywhere anytime soon.

This item includes the limited edition Box, the 3rd album in the series . . . – – (or ‘yellow album) plus 6 beautiful Art Cards and 3 wristbands (neon pink, blue & yellow). Get your signed copy exclusively via the Solarshop HERE

If you already own . – – – – and . . – – – (Pink and Blue albums, respectively) they will fit neatly into the box to complete the ‘One’ set. If you don’t already own the Pink and Blue albums, there is a full box set available too.

Pre - save / Pre - order the limited edition box set for 'Solarstone - One' today.

. . . – – (the Yellow Album)

Tracklist
1. Voyager II (with Robert Nickson)
2. Slowmotion V (with Orkidea)
3. Rainbow King (with Julie Scott)
4. Sky
5. Landmark (with Lostly)
6. Endeavour (with Gabriel & Dresden)
7. Monkey Mia (with Future Disciple)
8. Spirit (with Activa)
9. Indestructible (with Betsie Larkin)
10. Father (with Gai Barone)

. .  – – – (the Blue Album)

Tracklist
1. Midsummer Nights
2. Shards
3. Thank You
4. I Want You Here (with Thea Riley)
5. Shield (Pt. II)
6. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn)
7. Motif
8. Without You (with Meredith Call)

. – – – – (the Pink Album)

Tracklist
1. Leap Of Faith
2. Eclipse
3. Untitled Love (with Rabbii)
4. Choosing His Angels (with Alex Karweit)
5. Slowmotion IV (with Orkidea)
6. I Found You (with Meredith Call)
7. A State Of Mind
8. Cafuné