With his Vangelis homage ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ doing well in end-of-year polls, Solarstone’s next single excursion sees the Pure Trance guardian dip back into his latest album. Moving from ‘Love’ to ‘Lovers’, he’s teamed up with cult New York-based synth-pop outfit Lemon.
Across its original versions, ‘Lovers’ is a knowing glance back by Solarstone at his formative musical years. Its production and vocals draw affectionate inspiration from a wide artistic palette, with Erasure, Depeche Mode, Roxy Music and Joy Division being just some of its many touchstone influences. Featuring introspective and deeply personal lyrics and vocals from Lemon’s frontman Roger D. Smith, ‘Lovers’ lays and layers them against crisp percussion, atmospheric analogue synths and drum rolls. Bridging the decades Solarstone’s new Pure Mix version kick offs ‘Lovers’ remix collection. Throughout their intros they utilise high-impact kick-drums, echoing harmonics and the Pure Mixes’ leitmotif running basslines. Building potent levels of tension, the vocal affects a controlled burn on the drop before Solarstone hooks the swirling atmosphere and up-surging synths back in. It’s out 9 December on Black Hole Recordings.