It's the news we've been waiting to deliver for the last 6 months... In April Solarstone will once again re-draft the dance music map with the release of the first chapter in his new compilation series.
Lifted from the veritable arsenal of forthcoming Solaris Recordings material, the 2XCD release will paint the definitive picture of Solarstone, the DJ. Standing out in the crowded compilation field, really rising head and shoulders above the rest has required a herculean 6-month A&Ring mission. Matched with its super-immersive, multi-level mixing, that is exactly what Rich is about to bring with 'Electronic Architecture'. See the press release
Such is the expanse of debut artists that the first look at 'E.A.'s track listing, well, you might be forgiven for a brain-freeze. Bear in mind, this is a concentrated attempt to bring you new artists and new music. Bot Cyprian, David Horne, Filigro, Jahawi, Cormac Murphy, Souls in Motion, Jox & LTN (who won Trance.nu's 'Solarstone's Next Big Thing' Competition); these are the next generation of progressive, breaks and trance names - acts that Richard has unearthed after sifting through thousands of submitted 'EA' demos. As your eyes adjust though some marginally more familiar ones will start to appear... Katcha, Haylon, & Saints + Sinners - underground anthems, taken from the archives and rewired by remixers like Breakfast, Alucard, Observer & Heatcliff and Solarstone himself - solely for the purposes of the album.
'E.A' subscribes firmly to the 'journeyman' compilation theory. Weaving with absolute fluidity between the subterranean layers of deep house & soft-tech, up through breaks and progressive, and then onto the melodic plains of balearically-blooded trance with which Solarstone originally made his name.
Conceived as a boundary-crossing release, both the 'Electronic Architecture' CD and tour aspects will be backed up by stunning design visuals.
Solarstone's love of sleeve artwork has run hot through LPs like 'Exhibition', 'Destinations' & 'RainStarsEternal'. On 'Electronic Architecture' he has taken this up several levels'. EA is music & art combined.
Rich goes on to explain: "For me, the visual aspect of this project was essential from the outset. To have such a rich new musical tapestry and not represent it with equally beautiful visuals would have been a huge missed opportunity. This album represents exactly what I stand for as an artist, producer & DJ. This is the music I love to listen to. It is inspirational in its inventiveness, musically ambitious and never formulaic or predictable. This is an album that I want your finger to pause upon whilst browsing dusty CD shelves in ten years time, for both its aesthetic and auditory qualities"
As is becoming the norm, with each major Solarstone project we like to commemorate it with a competition that's, well, a bit of a bar raiser! 'Electronic Architecture' is no exception. Printed by The Art Group (the people who handle reproductions for the Tate Gallery), one lucky winner will receive a massive, beautifully-printed and framed A2 reproduction of the 'Electronic Architecture' artwork to hang on their wall. In addition they'll also get a signed, authenticated first ever copy-off-the-presses of album and a special E.A. T-shirt to go along with it.
What you need to do is to think music and THINK its accompanying art! We want you to gather together your top 5 record sleeves of all time, as .jpegs, and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to mark your entry 'Electronic Architecture' in the subject bar. We are displaying in a special online gallery at www.electronicarchitecture.co.uk a selection of Richard's favourite record sleeve artwork. On April the 9th, entirely at random, we will pick a winner (this is entirely subjective - your choices have nothing to do with winning or losing) who'll become the recipient of this fantastic, one-of-a-kind, toast-of-all-your-EDM-buddies prize! Jump on the internet and start making your selections. We're looking forward to recieving your entries!
Over the coming months Rich will be embarking on a tour that, through the power of its combined elements will deliver a unique, cross-creative experience. Club audiences will see stunningly beautiful graphical superstructures built on video screens above their heads. Art constructed and deconstructed before their eyes - all sound-tracked by the music of E.A. That music is to all the important intents and purposes exclusive to Solarstone. Across the aforementioned span of styles it will form an entirely unique in-club soundscape for the tour nights that Richard plays at.
Something only a handful of DJs in the world today can lay claim to.
'Electronic Architecture' will of course be available through all the usual channels. There is however one way to absolutely guarantee that you get a hold of it Day One. The Solarstone website shop is now busily taking pre-orders for the release and copies purchased through it will be shipped for delivery on release day, the 6th of April 2009. Also available from this website (£ ).
'EA' is just Solarstone's first step down the line in 2009. At SolarHQ a slew of collaborations, side projects and album outings are being tweaked, torqued, pimped and primped for your audio consumption! Make sure that you check back on the Solarstone, Solaris Recordings & Solaris International webspaces to get the blow-by-blow and ensure that you don't miss a thing. It's the only way to a brighter day!