We all remember Greece 2000 of course, but who would have thought that 20 years from it’s original release on Massive Drive, founder member Erik de Koning would still be producing beautiful, uplifting melodic trance music like Sirens Of The Sea? Powered by a #138 kick, offbeat bass and crisp percussion, Sirens lands its first punch with a growling arpeggiator sequence laid out in the first third. The true beauty of a Three Drives record though reveals itself at the break, and what a heart-warming melody it is. A truly Dutch pure trance record.
Future Disciple a.k.al. Daniel James is one strange fish. Based in the Aussie wilderness but hailing from the UK, Dan’s musical genius is well known in the scene, but his musical output is sporadic – and that’s being generous. But every so often a little gem of brilliance emerges from his studio and for that we need be thankful – and what a gem Adventure To The South is. Melodically it’s cinematic and ambitious, production-wise it’s chunky and perfectly executed in the trademark FD style. Ramping up the BPM the Robert Nickson Remix has been a stalwart of Solarstone’s sets and long sought ID for well over 6 months at the time of writing, and is an example of a perfect remix; one that remains faithful to the Original’s musical statement whilst firmly planting the production stamp of the remix on its personality.
Lest you missed ‘the memo’, #deep has been the principal descriptive for Solarstone’s spring-released album cryptogram ‘. – – – – ’. Having dropped 10 minutes of instrumental brilliance with ‘A State Of Mind’ and more recently vocal rapture through the Meredith Call-sung ‘I Found You’, June sees the Pure Trance auteur turn his attentions to the album’s third single. Doubling down on that depth, ‘Leap Of Faith’ is a track that sees Solarstone at his most mesmerizing, trance-progressive best.
Expanding on its origin version, the Extended Mix of ‘Leap’ amplifies each and every one of its key themes and elements. Its pulsating bass movements, edgily frayed FX sweeps, subtly modifying mainline and contemplative vocal magnifies its hyper-hypnotic effect accordingly.
Maintaining that draw-you-in linearism, but club-enhancing its character, Solarstone’s Pure Mix bolsters ‘Leap’s bass profile, deepens the register of its kick-drums and hastens its pace, collectively bringing it an abundance of later-night traction.
New mixes here of this beautiful performance from Denmark’s finest trance songstress – Stine Grove. Italian production team Astuni & Le Saux have a string of floor-shaking euphoric remixes to their credit, and they do the business once again with their energetic Re-Lift of Against The Flow, including a neat Dub.
The Italian progressive master Gai Barone’s recent return to our sister label Pure Progressive was another slab of succulent, meaty progressive. Now Solarstone shakes Lost In Music down with one of his fiercest Pure Mixes to date, ramping the BPM up to a driving #138 and translating the melodies into a more uplifting language, with all his Pure hallmarks firmly in place. Slamming.