For the trance heads, Lost Language consistantly deliver the goods. With recent releases from Lustral and Accadia, Solar Stone look to continue the quality trend with their latest, ‘Solarcoaster’.
On the a-side to disc one is Midway’s Remix. From the outset Midway keep the tempo upbeat with a twisted stabbing synth. The subtle vocals filter the air as the melodic elements then take control. A breakdown features midway into the track, and with it comes a melodic line of big room proportions. A late night mix this by Midway, with a big buzz around this rework already.
On the flip is Solar Stone’s Original Mix. Not as upbeat as the Midway remix, but packs a punch nevertheless. Following a similar pattern with its 4/4 beats, followed by a layer of 2 melodies, one a subtle base like melody overridden by the more obvious guitar like melody. A solid production as shown by Midway who seemed to keep the same formula with their remix on the flip. Why change a good formula as this original mix seems to have.
On disc two, Steve Murano steps up to the plate on remix duties for side-a. Not as upbeat as the mixes on disc one, and with a more electro edge overall. Nice beats and the aforementioned electro synths open the mix as a breakdown soon dawns, equipped with some lovely strings and the guitar like melody of the original. The track then takes a turn for the twisted as acid like bleeps take control. A very interesting mix with a hint of originality.
Greg Murray’s Mix is on the flip. It’s another 4/4 incarnation with neat drums and a smooth paced trance feel to it. Use of arpeggiated melodies through the beats and a use of sweeping synths and the original melody in the breakdown make this a record that doesn’t seem to capture the originality and freshness as its brother on the flip. Interesting nonetheless.
Overall, this is a solid release from Solar Stone. One must feel that some secret ingredient to a truly great record is missing. It has quite a catchy melody, and as such, may appeal more than it has appealed to me. Worth a look.
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