Silvermine are South African producer Chris Querido and California-based vocalist, Betsie Larkin. While we’re all familiar with Betsie’s solo EDM outings, Silvermine is an altogether different project that fuses Querido’s multi-instrumental abilities, intricate production skills and love of New Wave with Betsie’s evocative lyrics and indie-rock spirit. Their collaboration across the web – a veritable bridge of souls from the United States to Cape Town – resulted in ‘Flying’. Solarstone’s ‘Pure Mix’ was recorded after Richard fell in love with this previously unreleased song after hearing it courtesy of Betsie. Handling the original stems with care, Solarstone built upon the foundation of Querido’s beautiful musical elements with his signature ‘Pure Trance’ sound, resulting in a lush backdrop for Larkin’s plaintive love song.
White Crystal is regarded by many as an overlooked classic and now is re-released brilliant new remixes from two of the scene’s hottest new acts. Allen & Envy’s remix is a to-the-point modern #138 shake-down, fans of the duo will be familiar with their clean and polished peak-time trance sound. Dreamy’s Banging Mix is extremely mixable and packed with adreneline-releasing keychanges, floor-smashing synthstabs and dramatic twists and turns. Huge.
A little something from Pure Trance Vol. 3, this debut single from Russia’s Artur (or Arthur Albertovich to his friends) is a perfect example of the pure side of trance. Masterfully Retouched by Solarstone, the beauty is in its simplicity. Poignant chords which embrace and envelop topped by a lead synth that raises the hair on the back of the neck of the listener. Pure and simple.
Adam Ellis is one of the nu-breed of trance talent, as a Dj he rocks clubs worldwide on a weekly basis and his releases on labels like Subculture, Kearnage & Monster have been smashing dancefloors throughout the past 12 months. Taken from Solarstone’s ‘Pure Trance Vol. III’ compilation comes ‘Aulus’, a straight-for-the-jugular 138bpm Pure Trance gem. All the necessary ingredients are present & correct for peak-time mayhem.
Taken from Solarstone’s Pure Trance Vol. III compilation comes this re-visioning of Sied van Riel & Ian Standerwick’s bar-raising collaboration In A Perfect World, which was unleashed via Subculture in late September this year. Solarstone’s ‘Pure Mix’ was borne following a conversation between Rich Solarstone and Sied, where the former praised the latter’s back-to-basics approach to the track, pleading the opportunity to give it the Solarstone once-over. Sied & Standerwick gave their blessing, and the resulting Pure Mix gets a resounding thumbs-up all round!