Robert Nickson, Solarstone & Factor B - Solarstone presents Pure Trance 6

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The Earth’s year ends December 31st. This, we know. Pure Trance’s calendar however resolves itself a couple of months earlier. The end of October is its spiritual nigh, for it was that month six years ago, that Richard Mowatt first drew up the blueprint for Pure Trance. With Volume 1, he cast the dye and placed its foundation stone; purity-absolute has been its unswerving pursuit ever since.

So here we are, approaching the end of another P.T. year, ready to witness a new gathering of the Pure. With five titles now under its belt, its honour roll of former mixers is already rich. Trance crusaders Giuseppe Ottaviani, Bryan Kearney, Orkidea, Gai Barone, Sneijder, and Forerunners’ mixes’ have already passed Pure’s litmus. 2017’s draft sees Netherlands based trance-master Robert Nickson and Australian fast-ascender Factor B join its illustrious roll call. Naturally Solarstone is spear-tipping this new puritan assembly, all now ready to ‘preach’ its gospel!   

The album draws its track weapons from the current and future arsenals of Pure Trance Recordings, as well as a judicious handful of like-thinking labels (Black Hole, FSOE, Flashover and Subculture among them). From their annals music & mixes from irreproachable names like BT, System F, Armin van Buuren, Andain and Three Drives abound. For every legend though, equally there is a rising star. Lostly, Peter Steele, Basil O’Glue, Future Disciple, The Noble Six, Neptune Project and couple of dozen others all bring their latest wares to Pure’s laser. 

It goes without saying (but we’ll do it anyway) that Robert, Factor B and Solarstone himself have stepped up to the plate with enough exclusives to make a tabloid weep. So hang on tight, its Volume VI time - Vive La Trance!

Having successfully established its ‘open-till-close’ format with last year’s first triple disc edition, 2017’s sixth volume arcs the same trajectory. Anglo-Norwegian producer Robert Nickson is the man tasked with PT VI’s ‘doors-open’ set, to which he delivers a masterclass in building clubfloor suspense. Over the opening course he seeds it with the prog-trancers like David Forbes’ Monolith, Slam Duck’s ‘Mercury II’ ‘Barracuda’ from Three Drives and Forerunners’ ‘Just For A While’. At the mix’s meridian he drops ‘Atoms’ - his new RNX preparation, and under his own name, in its latest stages comes the celestial ‘Somewhere In Spacetime’. In between flows all manner of trance manna, including new works from the likes of Basil O’Glue, Lostly and Gai Barone.

Of his participation in the album, Robert said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of ‘Pure Trance 6’. Sourcing the tracks from every corner and creating this mix took months of preparation and meticulous fine-tuning. The first disc is very special as it can create the flow and atmosphere that leads the entire album. It has presented an opportunity to showcase another side of me that others may not have heard yet. Enjoy!”

Following Robert to the decks, well it’s that man Solarstone, up-ticking tempo, tickling the tone and investing an ever-greater sense of urgency into proceedings. His mix starts with the now-familiar opening strains of ‘A State Of Mind’, albeit in its new & exclusive Mike St. Jules’ Mix, which in turn cedes to Solarstone’s remix of Raz Nitzan & Moya ‘Clannad’ Brennan’s ‘Find The Sun’. Bookending an epic retell of Andain anthem ‘Summer Calling’ you’ll find ‘Renaissance’ from Peter Steele, Danny Eaton’s ‘Concentration’ and ‘Swelter’ by David Broaders. PureNRG’s remix of BT & JES’ ‘Every Other Way’ isn’t far behind, while Solarstone & Indecent Noise’s ‘Querencia’ and Elucidus’ Bootleg Remix of System F & Armin van Buuren’s ‘Exhale’ see it to its zenith. 

On his modus operandi for the albums, Solarstone said: “One of my aims with each new edition of this compilation is to make the mixes a combined journey. Volume 6 is, I hope, the best example yet. Robert’s completely nailed the progressive build-up and you can’t get any more euphoric than Brendan’s mix! With mine nestled nicely in the middle, this is a proper Pure Trance soundtrack.”

The final set of ‘the night’ is mixed to nth degree perfection by Pure Trance’s now traditional new(er)comer DJ. Brendan ‘Factor B’ Blatt may have been making waves in trancedom for just 5 years, but they’ve been peaking ever higher with each 365 that’s passed. Factor B front-loads his mix with music hot off the studio desks of Neptune Project, Activa, Cold Blue and TrancEye. His own ‘Invidius’, The Noble Six’s ‘Black Star’ and  ‘Colourways’, courtesy of Lostly all preface Brendan’s Back To The Future Remix of Solarstone & Scott Bond’s ‘Red Line Highway’. Bringing mix-matters to a head, Will Rees’ rework of Gai Barone’s ‘Lost In Music’ and Solis & Sean Truby ‘Coastal Route’ deliver PT:VI its final and most climactic moments.

On receiving his Pure Trance button, Brendan says: “mixing ‘Pure Trance 6’ was one of the most exciting, yet challenging projects of my career thus far. My love for trance began during the golden era of the ‘journey mix’-compilations, ones that still give you the same thrill when you return to them years & years down the line. To me, the Pure Trance series still captures this ethos and naturally I wanted my disc on PT6 to be of the same calibre!”

Track list

  • 01
    4:30
    Monolith
    By David Forbes presents Hal Stucker
  • 02
    4:45
    Mercury II
    By Slam Duck
  • 03
    4:17
    The Bends
    By Matter
  • 04
    3:55
    Just for a While
    By Forerunners
  • 05
    3:13
    You'll Never Know
    By Tencode
  • 06
    4:07
    Barracuda
    By Three Drives
  • 07
    3:33
    Atoms
    By RNX
  • 08
    4:29
    Shiny
    By Gai Barone
  • 09
    4:13
    Roam (Instrumental Mix)
    By Lostly
  • 10
    4:05
    Why We Fall
    By Andromedha
  • 11
    3:41
    Rumspringa
    By David Broaders
  • 12
    4:01
    The Promise
    By Basil O’Glue
  • 13
    3:11
    Turning the Tide
    By Martin LeBlanc & Nick Silvestri
  • 14
    4:11
    While the City Sleeps
    By Tim Verkruissen & Monoverse
  • 15
    3:42
    Arrival
    By Stargazers
  • 16
    4:34
    Somewhere in Spacetime
    By Robert Nickson
  • 17
    3:49
    A State of Mind (Mike Saint-Jules Interstellar Mix)
    By Solarstone
  • 18
    4:36
    Vixen (Pt. I)
    By Outer Pulse
  • 19
    4:14
    Find the Sun (Solarstone Remix)
    By Raz Nitzan & Moya Brennan
  • 20
    4:05
    Renaissance
    By Peter Steele
  • 21
    4:05
    Concentration vs. Summer Calling
    By Danny Eaton, Andain
  • 22
    3:43
    Swelter
    By David Broaders
  • 23
    3:38
    The Lonely Soldier (Solarstone Pure Mix)
    By Eco
  • 24
    3:56
    Choosing His Angels (Club Mix)
    By Solarstone & Alex Karweit
  • 25
    3:58
    Nuclei
    By Active Lab
  • 26
    5:15
    Jinka Blue (Solarstone Pure Mix)
    By Future Disciple
  • 27
    4:20
    Crowd Vision
    By Corin Bayley
  • 28
    3:38
    Every Other Way (PureNRG Remix)
    By BT & JES
  • 29
    3:25
    Altered Nature
    By Vince Schuld
  • 30
    4:37
    Querencia
    By Solarstone & Indecent Noise
  • 31
    3:53
    Exhale (Elucidus Bootleg Remix)
    By System F featuring Armin van Buuren
  • 32
    4:00
    Proteus
    By Neptune Project
  • 33
    3:09
    Meridian
    By Activa
  • 34
    4:01
    Speed of Life
    By Cold Blue
  • 35
    4:11
    Illusion
    By TrancEye
  • 36
    4:00
    When They Are Gone
    By Allan Morrow
  • 37
    4:05
    Invidius
    By Factor B
  • 38
    4:29
    Black Star
    By The Noble Six
  • 39
    4:12
    Red Line Highway (Factor B's Back To The Future Remix)
    By Solarstone & Scott Bond
  • 40
    4:01
    Colourways
    By Lostly
  • 41
    3:47
    Coastal Route
    By Solis & Sean Truby present S&ST
  • 42
    4:13
    Liberator
    By Factor B
  • 43
    3:59
    Lost in Music (Will Rees Remix)
    By Gai Barone
  • 44
    4:15
    Broken Star
    By Sholan & F.G. Noise
  • 45
    3:24
    Just for You
    By DJ T.H. featuring Robin Vane
  • 46
    77:30
    Solarstone presents Pure Trance 6 Continuous Mix 01
    By Robert Nickson
  • 47
    77:02
    Solarstone presents Pure Trance 6 Continuous Mix 02
    By Solarstone
  • 48
    75:01
    Solarstone presents Pure Trance 6 Continuous Mix 03
    By Factor B