A main floor slammer for a new generation of trance fans.

The debut single from Solarstone & Obie Fernandez’ new project 892NOW (pronounced “Eighty-Nine to Now”), embracing faster BPMs for higher-octane trance. The 146 BPM ‘FELT’ has been road tested extensively by both Rich & Obie since being created in Mexico City at the beginning of 2023 & the combination of early 90s trance influences, a hypnotic vocal hook & sensational ‘Orc Drop’ make this a main floor slammer for a new generation of trance fans.

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A 138bpm tech-trance spin on S3000.

In 2021 Solarstone released with something rather special, named in honour of the legendary S3000 Akai Sampler which revolutionised electronic music production in the nineties. According to Solarstone “the creative use of samples in music production introduces a rich palette of sound-colour and diverse tonal elements…”. The track marked a revisitation of sample-driven Trance. Now Finland’s Peetu S (Spinnin’, Outburst, Perfecto, Borderline, High Contrast) puts a 138bpm tech-trance spin on S3000, keep its many sampled hooks (tribal congas, Star Trek ‘pings’ & vocal chants to name but 3) in place with a thunderous rhythm section, throaty bass line & the addition of a bustling star-reaching synth phrase.

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4ever (Mir Omar Remix)

New York's Mir Omar delivers an extraordinary remix of '4ever'.

Taken from Pure Progressive Vol. 3, 4ever was originally included on Solarstone’s 2008 album ‘Rain Stars Eternal’. New York’s Mir Omar (onedotsixtwo, 3rd Avenue, UV, Bonzai) has created an extraordinary remix which fuses a deep, percussive groove with the undeniably euphoric goosebump-inducing ‘4ever’ hooks making this something very special and crowd-pleasing.

Maarten de Jong adds firepower to 'Solarcoaster'

Reworking one of Solarstone’s most lauded releases, Dutch studio master Maarten de Jong adds considerable firepower to ‘Solarcoaster’. Supporting the iconic riff with pounding kick drums and high-energy acid lines, this rendition of the 2002 classic will be cracking dance floors for a long time to come.

Hope’s doves fly again with Cold Blue's rework!

Solarstone and Cold Blue have both had hot remix runs of late. Solarstone’s been on the receiving end, most recently with LostLegend’s killer ‘Shards’ remake), while Tobias has been delivering on Thrillseekers’ ‘Standing On The Edge Of Space’ for his new Cold Blue Recordings label. You’d need to rewind far further (to his rework of Solarstone’s ‘Rainbow King’) though, to find the last time their remix-paths crossed directly.

The pair have been on the lookout for another coming-together moment ever since and the ideal opportunity presented itself when Solarstone’s ‘Hope’ began lighting floor fires all the way from Amsterdam to Zhengzhou! Hatching a plan together to see ‘Hope’s doves fly again, Cold Blue’s remix is making that happen today!

Accentuated no end by its irresistible pad and chord progressions, ‘Hope’s Original had melodics, harmonics and flow at its core… It’ll no doubt delight the track’s fans to know that on his mix, Cold Blue’s done away with precisely none of that! What Tobias has done however is to tap its tempo pedal, deepen the resonance of its bass and strengthen its drum kick. Mixing just enough beast into its beauty, he edges ‘Hope’ closer to that end-of-the-night spin.

Through Cold Blue’s rework, ‘Hope’ springs eternal! Sales and streaming options can be found via all good platforms at this link.

01. Solarstone – Hope (Cold Blue Remix)
02. Solarstone – Hope (Cold Blue Extended Remix)

LostLegend's 2023 revision of Shards.

Master of the compact title, Solarstone’s been on a single word roll over the last few months, letting the music behind ‘Sovereign’, Hope and ‘Vision’ do all the necessary ‘talking’.

While ‘Shards’ continues that run of succinctness, the track’s lineage dates back less months and more years. It was originally coded into ‘. . —’, Solarstone’s 2018 artist album, where it swiftly became a tracklist-favourite amongst fans. Featuring Solarstone on both its production and vocals, the singles-spotlight never quite reached ‘Shards’ though, despite its popularity.

That is up until today …

Over the last few years, Brenden Fitzpatrick’s LostLegend alias has been picking up all the right types of buzz. The Liverpudlian producer has been rotating his own original productions with tightly curated bootlegs and some highly imaginative official remixes (for Andy Duguid, Craig Connelly and others). That ultimately brought him onto Solarstone’s radar, who saw his skilful handling of vocals as key to a 2023 revision of ‘Shards’.

That’s been fully born out as Brenden’s rhythmically thumping prog backing and strummed guitar licks create a max-impact platform for Richard’s soul-baring words and song. One for those well in touch with their emotional side, LostLegend’s remix of ‘Shards’ receives its singles stripes today. You can find it on all good sales and streaming platforms from today.

01. Solarstone – Shards (LostLegend Mix)
02. Solarstone – Shards (LostLegend Extended Mix)

EA4 has arrived!

It’s been seven years - and some long ones at that - since Solarstone last designed and constructed an ‘Electronic Architecture’. While ‘EAs’ 1 thru ‘3' maintained a regular release pulse, with each year that followed 2014, the series’ absence has been felt evermore acutely.

Aside from the pulsingly positive multi-coloured lights that emanate from within its cube, the ‘Architecture’ 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.

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.

To buy, download or stream EA4 Click here.

Celebrating the 200th release on Pure Trance with a stellar remix of 'Herald'

Celebrating the 200th release on Pure Trance (established 2014) we present this stellar remix of Solarstone’s Herald by trance talent Corin Bayley. ‘Herald is one of those tracks with a long and interesting back story behind it – once of white labels, IDS and demands from fans for more information. Solarstone has been spinning this powerful melodic uplifting remix of the emotive ‘Herald’ as an ID for almost 2 years as a live set exclusive, always to a rapturous response – but now it finally gets a full release and will bring a bit of peace to those ID hunters who have been flagging it all along. Also included is the ‘Long Lost Version’. This version of Solarstone fan-favourite ‘Herald’ was the opening track of his now legendary 2014 Trancemission set and was held back for two years being originally tabled for a 2016 album project which morphed into part one of the ‘One’ triple album series. A club mix was eventually released in 2017 along with a remix from Transwave but this sought-after version never saw a release – until now.

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Listen to Nall's blissful rendition of 'Seven Cities'

Elevating listeners toward the highest reaches of nostalgia-infused euphoria, Parisian DJ and producer Nall shows off the full extent of his production capabilities through this gorgeous remix of Solarstone’s ‘Seven Cities’. Sitting perfectly alongside Solarstone’s twenty-year-old Atlantis Mix and the recent reimagination from fan favorite Tom Staar, this blissful rendition makes for an unparalleled listening experience for everyone who needs amazing music to dream to.

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