Solarstone - Motif (Robert Nickson Remix)

Robert Nickson takes Solarstone’s already ‘big of riff, bold of pace & bass’ ‘Motif’ from the critically acclaimed ‘blue’ album and then strategically applies a liberal helping of his signature uplifting production, honing in on Motif’s Eye-Q tinged lead synth and adding a power-packed pluck line to propel it up through the rafters and beyond.

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Solarstone drops a new Pure Pink Bomb.

Some records - despite their brilliance - get lost in the mists of time, that ‘Classic’ tag (prompting inclusion on countless compilations) proving elusive. Indica, released on Quad Communications back in 1995 is one of those tracks. At the time it was supported by Sasha, Digweed, Warren, Oakenfold – it’s a long list. It’s one of those tracks that makes you sit up and listen, with its simplistic production, ethereal vocal sample and rolling breaks ‘middle bit’ it locked in countless dance floors back when the trance scene was in its Zenith.

This Pure Mix by Solarstone is one of the key cuts from the forthcoming Pure Trance Vol. 7. It lovingly embraces what made Indica such a timeless record, applying just enough (but not too much) musical makeup to bring it up to date. The ‘middle bit’ from the original is firmly in place too, given a little frequency boost to make it sparkle on today’s high-end sound systems.

It's out now on Pure Trance Recordings HERE

Pure Trance is heading to seventh heaven!

Autumn… and as Pure Trance’s datebook runs, the end of its seventh year as a scene force. This, like the six before it, comes marked in the time honoured way through ‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance’.

“From within” is where the architect-absolute of the movement, Rich Solarstone believes every Pure Trance-worthy track begins. “When you’re compiling these albums, you know within the first 90 listening-seconds, he says, whether it’s a producer pushing the physical or metaphoric buttons. Or, if it’s a musician truly making music that comes from within”. It’s the acid test each of 50 tracks on ‘Pure Trance VII’ have taken and passed.

Divine intervention perhaps, but latterly, with every 365 that goes by another two new Pure Trance proponents rise to co-mixing prominence, reckoning #7 being no exception. That said, the argument could be made that Kristina Sky’s been in contention far longer. Well-established darling of the US West Coast’s trance scene, she brings 15+ years expertise to her mix. Lostly however is the ne-plus-ultra of the above. Only 12 months ago a ‘one-of-many’, through an unstinting gig & music-making stream, the last 365’s seen Andre Frauenstein’s visibility rise to compilation mixing levels.

Naturally Pure Trance lives and breathes through its ability to discover and supply you with the very finest new audio from the freshest talent. As ever then, don’t expect a run of fare from the mainstream’s usual suspects. For every BT, you’re going to find a Dark Matter, for every Matt Darey, a Vadim Zhukov, or for every Scott Bond, an Everlight, a Sam Mitcham, an Astrosphere, etc, etc. Naturally, there’ is an abundance of newness from Lostly and Solarstone’s studios too, and even the usually DJ-booth-bound Kristina has headed into the studio for the album’s gleaming.

So, strap in, sign off those safety waivers and buckle up your dancefloor-pounding boots: Pure Trance is heading to seventh heaven!!!

Out November 9th - Order Pure Trance 7 HERE

In it’s now destined manner, 2018’s ‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance’ follows the natural arc of a flawless clubbing night. Someone who’s blazed the opening set trail many times for Solarstone, Kristina Sky’s instincts couldn’t be sharper. Of her 20-strong track set, no less than 16 are drawn from the ranks of Pure Trance Recordings latest & up-comers. Frontend of that train, you’ll find producers like Mike Saint-Jules, Elfsong and Revolution 9 delivering purity in the form of ‘Parachuting’, ‘Crenshinibon’ and ‘Awakening’. Kristina’s Resurrection Mashup of BT vs. Attila Syah ‘Journey To Gravity’ marks the midpoint, while (respectively) New Ordinance, Shacada and Tim Verkruissen bring ‘calm-before-the-storm’ moments ‘Beyond Gravity’, ‘Sunset’ & ‘Radiant’. Carrying her set to its conclusion, she works in the Blizzard’s remix of ‘Like A Waterfall’, Solar Movement (aka Activa)’s newie ‘Where We Dream’ and her own latest stunner (alongside Roger Shah), ‘Ocean Flame’.

Remarking on her participation in the album, Kristina said: “I’m truly honoured to have been invited by Rich to contribute to ‘Pure Trance Vol. 7’. Solarstone’s music was a huge inspiration to me early on, well before I started DJing, and I’ve been so impressed and proud to watch him grow the Pure Trance movement over the years. He’s been a great friend and mentor, so to be able to mix this compilation with him has - hands down - been one of the biggest highlights of my career. I hope you all enjoy the music… and Vive la Trance!”

Solarstone catches the closing flow of Kristina’s disc perfectly and with his own Reconstruction mix of Vadim Zhukov’s ‘Heart Connected’ puts the release onto its main-set footing. Tracks like Dark Matter’s ‘When Faith Fades’, ‘False Memory’ from Finland’s Allende and his Pure Mix bring-back of Pink Bomb’s underground classic ‘Indica’ set the mercury rising. Neil Bamford rewire of ReOrder’s ‘Beyond Time’, Astrosphere (aka Driftmoon & Robert Nickson)’s ‘What Lies Between The Stars’, and Mr. Nickson’s remix of Solarstone’ ‘Motif’ each further its ascendance. That only leaves the likes of ‘Something Out Of Nothing’ from Bryan Kearney, Sam Mitcham’s title-apt ‘Whopper’ and Craig Connelly’s revision of Rich’s own epic ‘Jewel’ to shatter disc 2’s thermometer.

Of his co-mix picks for album #7, Rich said: “I’m delighted to have Kristina and Andre joining me this year. I first met Kristina at my Circus L.A debut some 15 years age. We remained friends ever since & I can’t overstate how much she has done for trance in the USA. I chose Andre aka Lostly for this year’s Disc 3 after he played for us in Thailand at the Unkonscious Festival. His energy blew me away, as did his exacting ‘pünktlichkeit’ during the compilation progress, which was absolute professionalism”.

“Lostly currently reigns supreme”; “better with every track and remix”; “every release finds the net”; “yet more brilliance from Lostly” - just some of the plaudits that DJ Mag alone have placed at the German’s door of late. Whilst Andre Frauenstein’s enjoys an all-times-of-the-night DJing ability, for ‘Pure Trance VII’ he’s handling ‘the final set’. He wastes zero time in weighing in with recent voltage from Simon Bostock, Everlight, Sneijder, Liam Wilson, Indecent Noise and others. A man who always has a healthy resource of his own music to work with, he intermixes his disc with his own studio fare. Katherine Amy pairing ‘Forever’, Factor B union ‘Strandloper’ and (in solo-mode) ‘Reflection’ all land early craters. Latterly meanwhile, Scott Bond & Charlie Walker collab ‘Tides’, his own ‘Distant Shores’, and Allen Watts remix’s of ‘Trans Karoo’ likewise prevail.

Having compiled and mixed his disc, Lostly commented: “I wanted to find the right balance between showcasing a number of different artists while still keeping that Lostly sound. By approaching a number of artists to do collaborations, I felt it would be a great solution in yielding as many originals for the album as possible. Not only did I find myself growing personally as an artist but I also found it interesting working with others and seeing their workflow. Alongside these collaborations are originals by other artists of which I enjoy listening to as well as solo album-exclusive originals of mine, which have become near and dear to me”.

‘Solarstone Presents Pure Trance VII’, mixed by Kristina Sky, Solarstone and Lostly is out November 9th.
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Pure Trance VII Tracklist:

Disc 1 - Mixed by Kristina Sky
01. Neptune Project featuring Christopher Lovell - Elixir of Life (3:28)
02. Mike Saint-Jules - Parachuting (3:53)
03. Paul Sawyer - Meridian (7:26)
04. Elfsong - Crenshinibon (Dub Mix) (4:04)
05. David Broaders - Tidal Force (4:32)
06. Mark Found - In the Room (4:35)
07. Nick Silvestri - One Person At A Time (3:49)
08. David Broaders - Jitter (4:01)
09. L_DG - Isle of Formentera (Ciree Remix) (3:24)
10. Revolution 9 - Awakening (4:04)
11. BT featuring JC Chasez vs. Attila Syah - Journey To Gravity (Kristina Sky’s Resurrection Mashup) (3:23)
12. New Ordinance - Beyond Gravity (3:26)
13. Shacada - Sunset (4:00)
14. Danny Stubbs vs. Kindred Spirits - The View From Apollo D'Antan (Kristina Sky & Randy Boyer's Resurrection Mix)
15. David Gradwell - Awakening (4:11)
16. Tim Verkruissen - Radiant (3:39)
17. Solarstone & JES - Like A Waterfall (The Blizzard Remix) (4:15)
18. Solar Movement - Where We Dream (3:37)
19. Alex Wright – Sueño (3:40)
20. Roger Shah & Kristina Sky - Ocean Flame (3:49)

Disc 2 - Mixed by Solarstone
01. Vadim Zhukov featuring Megan Sampson - Heart Connected (Solarstone Reconstruction) (4:04)
02. Ibizarre - Underwater World (John O’Callaghan Remix) (3:39)
03. Effen - Sinners [Aren’t We All?] (3:45)
04. Allende - False Memory (4:08)
05. Pink Bomb - Indica (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:44)
06. EDU - Turbulence (4:00)
07. Dark Matter - When Faith Fades (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:32)
08. Matt Darey featuring Jonatan Bäckelie - Step Outside (Matt Darey Trance Mix) (4:04)
09. ReOrder - Beyond Time (Neil Bamford Remix) (3:38)
10. Astrosphere - What Lies Between The Stars (3:55)
11. Solarstone - Motif (Robert Nickson Remix) (3:54)
12. ReOrder - All Comes Back To You (Solarstone Pure Mix) (3:57)
13. Bryan Kearney - Something Out Of Nothing (3:26)
14. Sam Mitcham - Whopper (Solarstone Edit) (3:47)
15. Solarstone & Clare Stagg - Jewel (Craig Connelly Remix) (3:48)
16. Solarstone - Solarstone presents Pure Trance 7 Continuous Mix 02 (1:17:40)

Disc 3 - Mixed by Lostly
01. Lostly & Katherine Amy - Forever (3:33)
02. Simon Bostock featuring Fisher - Without You (Instrumental Mix) (4:03)
03. Leroy Moreno - Paradigm Shift (4:07)
04. Factor B & Lostly - Strandloper (4:21)
05. Lostly - Reflection (4:32)
06. Everlight - Voyager (4:17)
07. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Carbon Paper (3:43)
08. Scott Bond & Charlie Walker vs. Lostly - Tides (4:45)
09. Sneijder - Back Home (4:29)
10. Liam Wilson - Remember Me (Allan Morrow Remix) (3:46)
11. Indecent Noise - One Step Back (3:57)
12. Lostly - Distant Shores (3:57)
13. Tempo Giusto pres. ToneArts - Together As One (3:23)
14. Lostly - Trans Karoo (Allen Watts Remix) (3:34)
15. Lost In Noise - Cosmic Spirit (3:52)
16. Lostly - Solarstone presents Pure Trance 7 Continuous Mix 03 (1:10:07)

Solarstone - Motif (Club Mix)

April 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. April 2018 brought (with one less dash but an extra Morse dot) the 2nd album in the series, namely . . – – -. One album became two, and with it another sizeable clue to its endgame.

There’s only one of the second album’s number that can lay claim to its most epic tag however – and that’s Motif. Big of riff, bold of pace and bass, it builds without pause over 5 minutes to deliver a drop that’ll leave clubber gasping and floor reeling. The 6/4 structure and question/answer melodic nuances of Motif summons reminiscences of EyeQ’s seminal mid-nineties releases such as Brainchild Symmetry and Cygnus X’s Orange Theme.

Get the Club Mix here

Solarstone & Thea Riley - I Want You Here

Unless you’ve been living out by the barred spiral galaxy of Cepheus, Solarstone’s astonishing ‘. . - - -‘ transmission won’t have failed to have reached you. Lead single ‘Thank You’ turned up its frequency and now - as summer hits the fast lane - ‘I Want You Here’ increases the bandwidth.

Rich has given the single an Club Mix expansion that, over nine minutes, finds yet greater still emotional reach in Thea Riley’s voice and song. Producer and singer in perfect synchronicity, ‘I Want You Here’ drops today.

Walking the tightrope between the track’s exposed lyrics and its impassioned delivery, Thea pulls off a nuanced balancing act. With its verses imploring and heartfelt, Australian singer dials into extraordinary levels of introspection, whilst reserving its most eminently touching & impossible-to-ignore moments for the chorus.

Through his Club Mix’s production, Rich mirrors each expressive arc in simpatico. Warm, break-of-dawn synths, strings and temperate chords engage with its skiff-ling percussion & tinkling sub-melodies. As the bass rolls in and its pianoforte chimes, no lyrical/vocal wrench goes unreciprocated. You can Stream/purchase ‘I Want You Here’ from Solarstone & Thea Riley here.

Pure Trance returns to Australia

This July Pure Trance returns to Australia for 3 city club tour. Kicking off the tour in Sydney on July 20th, followed by Melbourne on the 21st and Perth on the 28th of July.

My goal for this year’s tour was to bring a more progressive line up, DJs who have played rarely - or ever - in Australia - and to focus on extended sets in an intimate club setting (as opposed to 1 hour sets, massive venue, same old names!)

With Gai Barone & Robert Nickson joining me, I hope to bring you exactly that. A journey of pure, unbounded joy.

Pure Trance goes Lumi! 

Happy to invite you to the Pure Trance stage at Luminosity Beach Festival 2018! On Sunday July 1st I'll be playing alongside Factor B, Gai Barone, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Interstellar (The Noble Six & Neptune Project), Kristina Sky & Peter Steele.


Please+Thank You Vinyl

100 copies only.

Grab the limited edition 'Please' & 'Thank You' vinyl here.


. . - - - 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.


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)

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.

Available here.