Please+Thank You Vinyl

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. . - - - by Solarstone

The opening months of 2017 brought the release of Solarstone’s . - - - - album. Widely praised as a standalone item, its ultimate purpose was (and is) yet to be fully clarified. With one less dash, but an extra Morse dot, one album becomes two next month, and with it another sizeable clue to its endgame.

From shocking pink, we go into the blue: so what’s changed and what’s maintained between the albums? One constant is that ‘2’ is again made up of eight pieces of music, trading between instrumental compositions and vocal ones. As with all musical series worth their salt, continuity and balance is key. In regard to its overarching feel, ‘2’ interlocks seamlessly with ‘1’. That aspect in fact goes farther still - threads from Solarstone’s wider canon are picked up, with track arcs continued and open single loops resolved.

The mark of a true artist, Rich progresses album matters in many ways, while ring-fencing the core elements of his musical culture. And yes, the ability to surprise and catch the listener unawares is still one of them. Thematic strands are drawn from numerous time periods, influences and disciplines - both musical and otherwise. Each is woven, with differing degrees of presence into the album’s fabric. Some stand totem tall. Others become apparent only over time. Each though provides micro-clues to what is undoubtedly now an album sequence.

Tonally, the release also pushes the needle into what Rich classifies as “the second half of a Solarstone club night”. The tempo receives a kick, prog-trance elements ebb, while uplift – both vocally, musically and spiritually – flows.

The album opens on the promise of ‘Midsummer Nights’. Over nigh-on eight minutes, hovering piano notes, rich pulsating bass and reflective guitars brilliantly set the album in motion. Musically, lyrically and vocally, Rich hits an introspective note on its second track, ‘Shards’. Backed by his classical instrumentation, he reaches deep within. With its love redemption theme, it constitutes a record as personal as anyone from his quarter has ventured.

‘Please’, from 2012’s ‘Pure’ album was always projected to be one of Solarstone’s multipart track arcs. ‘Brighter days ahead’ in feel, forthright in pace and spurred by tactical, yet innate key shifts, it was composed as a final tribute to Rich’s late father. Loosely based around Handel’s ‘Largo’ – a composition with which they shared a considerable mutual appreciation, ‘Thank You’ retains all the emotion and uplift of its six-year-old counterpart. Between its vulnerable lyrics and impassioned, resolute delivery, Thea Riley walks a tightrope-like balance on ‘I Want You Here’. Emotionally laying it on the line, Rich musically reflects each twist of its song through his studio work.

As the album shifts into its second phase, another Solarstone outing receives its sequel. The second coming of ‘Shield’, Rich once again delves into his string section for ‘(Pt II)’. Finding that infinite equilibrium between acoustic guitars and other string family associates, he frames them around an initially filmic intro and latterly, surging, FX-flush trance. Jonathan Mendelsohn’s history in vocal-ling tracks from the electronic music quarter is almost as extensive as that of Solarstone’s in producing them. Together on ‘This Is Where It Starts’, the two have conspired a track so instantly memorable, it’s an instant ‘one more tune’… anthem candidate.

There’s only one of the album’s number that can lay claim to its ‘most epic’ tag though and that’s ‘Motif’. Big of riff, bold of pace & bass, it builds without pause over 5 minutes to deliver a drop that’ll leave clubber gasping and floor reeling. Extraordinarily perhaps, the album’s valedictory track has been in production development for 20 years. Beginning life many a Solar cycle ago, ‘Without You’ has gone through more honing and refinements, than even he can recall. Its critical tipping point though came through Meredith Call’s song - an exceptional tour de force deliverance that – backed by Solarstone’s breaks - is achingly painful in its beauty.

The dots are starting to get joined: one album has become two, 8 tracks, now 16 - a potential magnum opus is afoot. Released on 04/05/18, pre-order purchase . . . - - - here  or via the SolarShop here. http://shop.solarstone.co.uk/product_details.php?product_id=1020

Tracklist

01. Midsummer Nights
02. Shards
03. Thank You
04. I Want You Here (with Thea Riley)
05. Shield (Pt. II)
06. This Is Where It Starts (with Jonathan Mendelsohn)
07. Motif
08. Without You (with Meredith Call)

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Solarstone - Thank You

Please, from 2012’s Pure album was always projected to be one of Solarstone’s multipart track arcs. ‘Brighter days ahead’ in feel, forthright in pace and spurred by tactical, yet innate key shifts, it was composed as a final tribute to Rich’s late father. Loosely based around Handel’s Largo – a composition with which they shared a considerable mutual appreciation, Thank You retains all the emotion and uplift of its six-year- old counterpart.

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Be Part of the Thank You Campaign.

Our lives are so busy and complicated that we often don't get the time (or make the time) to say 'thank you' to people who matter. My Father passed away over the New Year and, like many other people, I realised too late that I had never really said 'thank you' to him for the countless things he did for me or the sacrifices he made.

So I wrote 'Thank You' (based upon one of his favourite pieces of classical music - Handel's 'Largo' - for precisely this reason. ‘Thank You’, the first single of my album entitled '. . - - - ' is released on April 27th, and I'm inviting you to be part of this message I would like to send out.

In an age where we tend to disconnect and lose ourselves in our individuality, our loved ones are sometimes taken for granted. Let's remember to say 'thank you'. Thank you - to the friend who’s always been by your side, the teacher who inspired you, the parent who’s always had your back, or anyone who deserves your gratitude.

If you wish, send me a picture of the person to whom you'd like to say thank you, and a brief story why via iinfo@puretrance.com, and it could be shared as part of my 'Thank You' campaign - via my online channels. Thank You.

Important note: Your submission might be made public, please be aware of this when submitting your picture & message.


Out Now: Pure Trance Volume VI - Mixed By Solarstone, Robert Nickson & Factor B

The Earth’s year ends December 31st. This, we know. Pure Trance’s calendar however resolves itself a couple of months earlier. The end of October is its spiritual nigh, for it was that month six years ago, that Richard Mowatt first drew up the blueprint for Pure Trance. With Volume 1, he cast the dye and placed its foundation stone; purity-absolute has been its unswerving pursuit ever since.

 

So here we are, approaching the end of another P.T. year, ready to witness a new gathering of the Pure. With five titles now under its belt, its honour roll of former mixers is already rich. Trance crusaders Giuseppe Ottaviani, Bryan Kearney, Orkidea, Gai Barone, Sneijder, and Forerunners’ mixes’ have already passed Pure’s litmus. 2017’s draft sees Netherlands based trance-master Robert Nickson and Australian fast-ascender Factor B join its illustrious roll call. Naturally Solarstone is spear-tipping this new puritan assembly, all now ready to ‘preach’ its gospel!

 

The album draws its track weapons from the current and future arsenals of Pure Trance Recordings, as well as a judicious handful of like-thinking labels (Black Hole, FSOE, Flashover and Subculture among them). From their annals music & mixes from irreproachable names like BT, System F, Armin van Buuren, Andain and Three Drives abound. For every legend though, equally there is a rising star. Lostly, Peter Steele, Basil O’Glue, Future Disciple, The Noble Six, Neptune Project and couple of dozen others all bring their latest wares to Pure’s laser.

 

It goes without saying (but we’ll do it anyway) that Robert, Factor B and Solarstone himself have stepped up to the plate with enough exclusives to make a tabloid weep. So hang on tight, its Volume VI time - Vive La Trance!

 

Having successfully established its ‘open-till-close’ format with last year’s first triple disc edition, 2017’s sixth volume arcs the same trajectory. Anglo-Norwegian producer Robert Nickson is the man tasked with PT VI’s ‘doors-open’ set, to which he delivers a masterclass in building clubfloor suspense. Over the opening course he seeds it with the prog-trancers like David Forbes’ Monolith, Slam Duck’s ‘Mercury II’ ‘Barracuda’ from Three Drives and Forerunners’ ‘Just For A While’. At the mix’s meridian he drops ‘Atoms’ - his new RNX preparation, and under his own name, in its latest stages comes the celestial ‘Somewhere In Spacetime’. In between flows all manner of trance manna, including new works from the likes of Basil O’Glue, Lostly and Gai Barone.

 

 

Of his participation in the album, Robert said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of ‘Pure Trance 6’. Sourcing the tracks from every corner and creating this mix took months of preparation and meticulous fine-tuning. The first disc is very special as it can create the flow and atmosphere that leads the entire album. It has presented an opportunity to showcase another side of me that others may not have heard yet. Enjoy!

 

Following Robert to the decks, well it’s that man Solarstone, up-ticking tempo, tickling the tone and investing an ever-greater sense of urgency into proceedings. His mix starts with the now-familiar opening strains of ‘A State Of Mind’, albeit in its new & exclusive Mike St. Jules’ Mix, which in turn cedes to Solarstone’s remix of Raz Nitzan & Moya ‘Clannad’ Brennan’s ‘Find The Sun’. Bookending an epic retell of Andain anthem ‘Summer Calling’ you’ll find ‘Renaissance’ from Peter Steele, Danny Eaton’s ‘Concentration’ and ‘Swelter’ by David Broaders. PureNRG’s remix of BT & JES’ ‘Every Other Way’ isn’t far behind, while Solarstone & Indecent Noise’s ‘Querencia’ and Elucidus’ Bootleg Remix of System F & Armin van Buuren’s ‘Exhale’ see it to its zenith.

 

 

On his modus operandi for the albums, Solarstone said: “One of my aims with each new edition of this compilation is to make the mixes a combined journey. Volume 6 is, I hope, the best example yet. Robert’s completely nailed the progressive build-up and you can’t get any more euphoric than Brendan’s mix! With mine nestled nicely in the middle, this is a proper Pure Trance soundtrack.

 

The final set of ‘the night’ is mixed to nth degree perfection by Pure Trance’s now traditional new(er)comer DJ. Brendan ‘Factor B’ Blatt may have been making waves in trancedom for just 5 years, but they’ve been peaking ever higher with each 365 that’s passed. Factor B front-loads his mix with music hot off the studio desks of Neptune Project, Activa, Cold Blue and TrancEye. His own ‘Invidius’, The Noble Six’s ‘Black Star’ and  ‘Colourways’, courtesy of Lostly all preface Brendan’s Back To The Future Remix of Solarstone & Scott Bond’s ‘Red Line Highway’. Bringing mix-matters to a head, Will Rees’ rework of Gai Barone’s ‘Lost In Music’ and Solis & Sean Truby ‘Coastal Route’ deliver PT:VI its final and most climactic moments.

 

 

On receiving his Pure Trance button, Brendan says: “mixing ‘Pure Trance 6’ was one of the most exciting, yet challenging projects of my career thus far. My love for trance began during the golden era of the ‘journey mix’-compilations, ones that still give you the same thrill when you return to them years & years down the line. To me, the Pure Trance series still captures this ethos and naturally I wanted my disc on PT6 to be of the same calibre!

 

Out October 27th  - Order Pure Trance VI here.

 

Pure Trance VI Tracklist

 

Disc 1 - Mixed by Robert Nickson:

01. David Forbes presents Hal Stucker – Monolith
02. Slam Duck - Mercury II
03. Matter - The Bends
04. Forerunners - Just For A While
05. Tencode - You’ll Never Know
06. Three Drives – Barracuda
07. RNX – Atoms
08. Gai Barone – Shiny
09. Lostly - Roam (Instrumental)
10. Andromedha - Why We Fall
11. David Broaders – Rumspringa
12. Basil O’Glue - The Promise
13. Martin LeBlanc & Nick Silvestri - Turning The Tide
14. Tim Verkruissen & Monoverse - While The City Sleeps
15. Stargazers – Arrival
16. Robert Nickson - Somewhere In Spacetime

 

Disc 2 - Mixed by Solarstone:

01. Solarstone - A State Of Mind (Mike St. Jules Interstellar Mix)
02. Outer Pulse - Vixen (Pt. I)
03. Raz Nitzan & Moya Brennan - Find The Sun (Solarstone Remix)
04. Peter Steele – Renaissance
05. Danny Eaton – Concentration
06. Andain - Summer Calling (Acapella)
07. David Broaders – Swelter
08. Eco - The Lonely Soldier (Solarstone Pure Mix)
09. Solarstone & Alex Karweit - Choosing His Angels (Club Mix)
10. Active Lab – Nuclei
11. Future Disciple - Jinka Blue (Solarstone Pure Mix)
12. Corin Bayley - Crowd Vision
13. BT & JES - Every Other Way (PureNRG Remix)
14. Vince Schuld - Altered Nature
15. Solarstone & Indecent Noise - Querencia
16. System F featuring Armin van Buuren - Exhale (Elucidus Bootleg Remix)

 

Disc 3 - Mixed by Factor B:

01. Neptune Project - Proteus (Factor B Intro Edit)
02. Activa – Meridian
03. Cold Blue - Speed Of Life
04. TrancEye – Illusion
05. Allan Morrow - When They Are Gone (Factor B’s Piano Edit)
06. Factor B – Invidius
07. The Noble Six - Black Star
08. Solarstone & Scott Bond - Red Line Highway (Factor B's Back To The Future Remix)
09. Lostly – Colourways
10. Solis & Sean Truby pres. S&ST - Coastal Route
11. Factor B - Liberator
12. Gai Barone - Lost In Music (Will Rees Remix)
13. Sholan & F.G. Noise - Broken Star
14. DJ T.H. featuring Robin Vane - Just For You (Factor B’s Piano Edit)

 

Order Pure Trance VI here.