Ah, October!! Once that rubbishy no-mans-land wedged between summer’s last surge and the build-up to the festive season… Now though, for electronic music lovers, you’re hard-pressed to pick a livelier month, with 31 days of music convention/festival thrills and DJ/music poll reveals. And, come the end of the month, to cap it all off, there’s the annual ‘state-of-the-Pure-Trance-union’ mix-comp ‘address’!
Pure Trance’s has again been a rolling boulder of momentum over the last 12 months, with evermore DJs heeding the call of the PURE! The press have been kind…. MIXMAG magazine called the first compilation “highly impressive” and its second “a huge step up again”. Last month, in a key feature, DJ Mag UK cited Pure Trance as a major catalyser in “trance staging a major comeback”. The fans have been kinder yet, flocking to Pure Trance events at WMC in Miami, ADE in Amsterdam, Ibiza and dozens of other electronic music metropolises around the globe.
Now, in its third year, the evermore-established origin-trance series marshals–up for its regular end-of-Oct release spot. Following co-mix tenures by Orkidea, and last year Giuseppe Ottaviani, in 2014 it’s younger-gun Bryan Kearney who joins Solarstone at the controls. In the search of the P.T. chosen, they’ve forensically slid 1000s of tracks under the Pure microscope, finally identifying 37 of the most exclusive uncorrupted and virtuous trance tracks out there. Big name productions passing the clarity check include music from the desks of Aly & Fila, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Thrillseekers, Sied van Riel, John O’Callaghan, Arctic Moon and Ferry Tayle, as well as much from Solarstone & Bryan themselves. As is Pure Trance covenant, the album is as much about the ‘future-perfect’ producers as it is ’present day’ legends. In that, it brings music from dozens of nu-bloods: Sneijder, Will Atkinson, Adam Ellis, Standerwick, The Noble Six and Liam Wilson among them.
Puritans, your deliverance from the derivative is once again nigh! ‘Pure Trance Vol. 3’ enters the arena October 27th.
So what’s inside the third box, we hear you ask!? Well in short: masses, but more specifically, leading the mix-charge is Pure’s conceptador himself, Solarstone. Early in, he mixes up his Retouches of tracks by Liam Wilson’ and Artur (‘Set In Stone’ and ‘Rays’ respectively) with Pure Mix variations of ‘Flying’ from Silvermine and Gai Barone’s ‘Mr. Slade’. There are also outstanding sonic crossbreeds, with Winkee’s ‘Assassin’ kinetically encountering Solarstone’s ‘Dark Heart’, and further in Alex M.O.R.P.H.’s more ‘Sacred’ variety brilliantly interplayed with Sied van Riel’s ‘Gravity’. There are nods to Pure’s lineage too, with a highly respectful after-touch of Jam & Spoon’s ‘Odyssey To Anyoona’ (recently cited by both Solarstone & Armin in the UK’s DJ Mag as 1 of the 10 most important trancers of all time!) and Z2/Neptune Project’s rework of Oliver ‘Ecano’ Lieb’s immortal ‘Run’. With plenty more abound from production hounds like Thrillseekers, Driftmoon, Orkidea and Adam Ellis, the mix runs hot from first beat to last!
On a Purely personal note, Solarstone says: “The year since Vol. 2 has been a fabulous twelve months not just for the Pure Trance movement, but for the Trance scene on the whole. Bryan and I have dug deep into the record boxes and demo banks, searching for those glimmers & sparks of musical inspiration from both established and previously unknown artists, to bring you an emotive ride through the many shades of the Pure Trance sound.If you have attended any of our Pure Trance events, you will understand exactly the journey upon which this album will take you. If you have not yet had that pleasure, simply close your eyes, take a deep breath, and immerse yourself in this tapestry of melodies, grooves & emotions”.
An origin-trance dedicate, over the last three years Bryan Kearney’s DJing, together with his Kearnage imprint have propelled him to the forefront of the scene. Brilliantly distilling the sub-genre to absolute purification, his mixes play trancers from neophytes like The Noble Six, Chris Metcalfe, Alex Di Stefano and Will Atkinson off against those of more seasoned operators. The mix’s midsection it heavy with known-names, as John O’Callghan’s ‘The Saw’, Aly & Fila vs. Sneijder’s ‘Full Throttle’ (and ‘Nubia’ with Ferry Tayle) and Arctic Moon’s ‘Revolution’ all come under his laser. Its climax brings Adam Ellis’ remix of Fred Baker’s roots return tune ‘Rebirth’ and Bryan’s own, just-finished mix of the title track from US alt-rock vocalist Plumb’s ‘Need You Now’.
By way of introduction, Bryan says: “My mix is a representation of what I consider trance to be, versatile, energetic with power and passion. You will get a glimpse of the future of my own label Kearnage with nine tracks produced especially for this album. I have to once again say thank you to all the producers for providing me with such high quality music. It made the process of compiling this mix so much easier”.
STOP PRESS: Catch Pure Trance LIVE! Over the last 3 years Solarstone presents Pure Trance’s event concept has visited in excess of 40 electronic music capitals around the world. To celebrate the release of album strike #3, Solarstone, accompanied by Aly & Fila, Giuseppe Ottaviani (Live), Orkidea and Sneijder, will be making a hotly anticipated return to the Dutch capital during ADE week. You can catch them riverside at Hotel Arena, (‘s Gravesandestraat 51) for the 2014 ADE edition of Solarstone Presents Pure Trance on October 16th. Fix up dem tix through this link now! : http://bit.ly/1yBPzXb
Solarstone & Bryan Kearney – Solarstone presents Pure Trance Vol. 3
Disc 1 – Mixed by Solarstone
01. Liam Wilson – Set In Stone (Solarstone Retouch)
02. Winkee vs Solarstone – Dark Assassins Heart
03. Simon Templar – To The Stars (Pt. I)
04. Jam & Spoon – Odyssey To Anyoona
05. Silvermine – Flying (Solarstone Pure Mix)
06. Solarstone – Shield (Pt. I)
07. The Thrillseekers – Find You
08. Artur – Rays (Solarstone Retouch)
09. Gai Barone – Mr. Slade (Solarstone Pure Mix)
10. Dan Stone – Kito
11. Driftmoon – Summerstone
12. Alex M.O.R.P.H. – Sacred Heart
13. Sied van Riel featuring Alicia Madison – Gravity (Acapella)
14. Sied van Riel & Standerwick – In A Perfect World (Solarstone Pure Mix)
15. Adam Ellis – Aulus
16. Orkidea – Purity (Sneijder Remix)
17. Ecano – Run (Z2 vs. Neptune Project LSD Mix)
Disc 2 – Mixed by Bryan Kearney
01. Alex Di Stefano – Escape From the Past
02. Mark Leanings – Dropshot (Sam Jones Remix)
03. Will Atkinson – Harvester
04. Sam Jones & Rhys Thomas – The End
05. Mark Leanings – Inverter
06. John O’Callaghan – The Saw
07. Aly & Fila vs Sneijder – Full Throttle (Album Mix)
08. James Rigby – Night Owl
09. Paul Denton – Zonked
10. E-Clip vs Symbolic – Live Your Life
11. Arctic Moon featuring Noire Lee – Revolution (James Rigby Remix)
12. Darren Porter – The Oracle
13. Liam Wilson – Impression
14. The Noble Six vs. Chris Metcalfe – Ocean Avenue
15. Warren Adam – Air Punch
16. Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle – Nubia (Album Mix)
17. Sam Jones & Will Rees – Oversight
18. Bryan Kearney – The Things We Should Say
19. Fred Baker – Rebirth (Adam Ellis Remix)
20. Plumb – Need You Now (How Many Times) (Bryan Kearney Remix)