Review: The later half of 2012 has seen trance legend Solarstone really pick up the pace again. Pushing things forward with his label group, releasing some of his finest singles in recent times, and now this brilliant compilation to round things off perfectly. Compiled by the man himself with two discs (one mixed by Orkidea), 'Pure Trance' does what it says on the box, showcasing all corners of the genre. Highlights across the 30 tracks include; Temple One 'In Her Eyes', Ronski Speeds mix of 'Euphonia', and Michael Cassette's remix of Orkidea 'Sun Dow'. There is of course plenty of showings from Solarstone himself.. You need this in your life!
Review: Bass = Win equals guaranteed funky house delight and this time it's a right showdown with a full remix EP of the "Baby" track by Orkidea, Rico Tubbs and Heavyweight, three label regulars who know all about body-rocking goodness. Jayceooh, Rare Candy, Desto and Daddy Flix all turn in the goods, ranging from housier to more half-step territories, but our favourite has to be Desto's neo-jungle reinterpretation, a cut which glides between footwork and d&b with pure ease and utter grace. Tight little bag, this one!
Review: Anthem Alert!! There aren't many who have done as much for the trance scene as Solarstone, and his go to guy Orkidea has been around just as long (recently joining him mixing the 'Pure Trance' compilation). Where 'Liberation' really triumphs is on the Something Good Vocal mix, a tune that takes you back to the glory days of trance, rays of sunshine come from the arpeggiated catchy lead lines, and the nostalgic vocal sample is a delight. We have had this on repeat since first listen, one of our favourite tunes of the year!!
Review: It's been great to see a somewhat resurgence in what Solarstone himself has penned as "Pure" trance, with his recent compilation and signings across his labels pushing good ol fashion trance music. The equally pioneering, and his right hand man for many years, is Orkidea and for the latest single they dust of 'Pacifique' from the collection, a wonderfully warm and glistening showcase to the sound they are continuing to love and champion. It now comes with a fine selection of fresh takes, all from Finland and as part of his upcoming '20 Remixed' compilation. Although it's tempting to look no further than the brilliant 128 original, some great remixes are on offer with more pace and floor appeal, whilst keeping all the emotion and more importantly purity. For us Beetseekers smash it out the park, that said Antti Rasi, and Chantola's cuts are also worth checking!