Simon Patterson - Solo Vol. I

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VII’s power lies in precisely that: absolute concentration on the music of just seven artists. Coming up over the last few years, its mandate has swiftly resulted in an open-tap stream of club-empowering audio from some of trance’s cooler and more underground-respected names. With spring 2019 comes the launch of the inaugural album in what – going forward – will become VII’s annual mixcomp series. It’s one that tightens the label’s focus further still, with ‘Solo Vol.1’ telescoping up closer-than-close on one of the cadre’s number.

At the top of his game for a decade +, Simon Patterson inimitable sonic ethic needs little by way of introduction. A powder keg composite of psy, tech & acid, astutely synthesized with elements of the uplifting & the vocal, its formulation has been crafted over time. It’s one that since has made him as audibly identifiable as any DJ currently spinning within the genre.

To ‘Solo Vol.1’s twin discs, Patterson brings that identity with renewed vengeance. Showcasing forty tracks (eighteen of which will only ever be available through this collection), it’s as defining as mixcomps come. Featuring masses of soundware from VII’s seven (Avalon, John Askew, Will Atkinson, Sean Tyas and Alex Di Stefano among them), there’s naturally also a wealth from Patterson, himself. Around the side you’ll find club ordinance from Astrix, Greg Downey, Sam Jones, Activa, Vertical Mode, UDM, Amir Hussain, David Forbes and others, uniting music on an album that doesn’t so much open the door to the clubbing spring, as boot it wide

Musically, Patterson will always take you up the mountain. This trip though was never going to start in the foothills. When a music comp calibrates with Astrix & Freedom Fighters’ neo-classic psy-fry ‘Burning Stones’, notice has been fully served. At head-spinning speed you’ll be staring down the barrel of Greg Downey take on Sunscreem’s ‘Perfect Motion’, Amir Hussain’s really very naughty ‘Nefarious’ and Beatman/Ludmilla’s reckoning of Dogzilla classic, ‘Your Eyes’. Crossing the midpoint, Simon ups the charge again with EverLight’s electrifying ‘Slippery Business’, some ‘Found My Silence’-type elevation from Activa and Sean Tyas’ Beatport assaulting ‘Chrome’. With ‘Shining Through’, Magnus beats the final path to disc one’s summit, before Simon plants the flag square with his and John Askew’s ‘Iridescent’. 

Between ‘Solo Vol.1’s two mixes there’s no ‘big bomb/not quite so big bomb’. That’s put into the clearest of perspectives as Simon goes headlong into its second disc with his spin on Astrix’s ‘Take A Shot’. UCast’s floor-shifting ‘Motive’ and ‘Blink’ - Patterson’s fifth outing with semi-muse Lucy Pullin are hot on its heels. Not dropping but a bar of pressure, Simon uses the mix’s median to infuse it with a judicious measure of vocal elements. Richard Durand’s forceful revision of Greg Downey & Bo Bruce’s ‘These Hands I Hold’ gets an airing, as does Will Atkinson’s chart-topping rework of JES’s ‘Imagination’. Bringing mix matters to the near vertiginous apexes are Activa & Simon Bostock’s ‘Contour’, ‘Rocket Punch’ from Jordan Suckley (rewhipped by Alex Di Stefano) and Simon’s own purpose-built & album eponymous, ‘Solo’. A dazzling compilation that showcases Simon Patterson’s exceptional ethics to the nth degree, ‘Solo Vol.1’ mainlines today! 

Track list

Disc 1

  • 01
    8:08
    Burning Stones
    By Astrix & Freedom Fighters
  • 02
    2:20
    Perfect Motion (Short Mix)
    By Greg Downey & Sunscreem
  • 03
    7:25
    I Found You (Maywave Dub Mix)
    By Denis Sender & DJ T.H. with Cari
  • 04
    3:24
    My Place
    By Peter Steele & Simon Bostock featuring Kate Miles
  • 05
    4:21
    Temple of Artemis (Rated R Remix)
    By Neptune Project
  • 06
    6:30
    Nefarious
    By Amir Hussain
  • 07
    5:42
    Crunch Driver
    By Omega Drive
  • 08
    7:34
    Dimensions
    By Zach Zlov
  • 09
    6:44
    Inception
    By Project 8
  • 10
    5:33
    Your Eyes (Beatman & Ludmilla Remix)
    By Dogzilla
  • 11
    5:29
    Crazy Lazers
    By Omega Drive
  • 12
    6:29
    Majeifa
    By UDM
  • 13
    6:30
    Odyssey (Extended Mix)
    By Adam Lindburg
  • 14
    3:45
    Summer's Gone (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
    By Aldous
  • 15
    7:21
    Slippery Business
    By EverLight
  • 16
    4:01
    Found My Silence
    By Activa
  • 17
    7:01
    Chrome (Extended Mix)
    By Sean Tyas
  • 18
    7:44
    Shining Through
    By Magnus
  • 19
    2:13
    February
    By Felsmann + Tiley
  • 20
    5:05
    Iridescent
    By Simon Patterson & John Askew
  • 21
    5:04
    Titanium (Outro)
    By AudioStorm
  • 22
    71:43
    Solo Vol. I (Continuous Mix 1)
    By Simon Patterson

Disc 2

  • 01
    7:32
    Galaxy Riders
    By Vertical Mode & Javier Bussola
  • 02
    7:13
    Take a Shot (Simon Patterson Extended Remix)
    By Astrix
  • 03
    3:45
    Motive
    By Ucast
  • 04
    8:24
    Weapon (EverLight Blackout Mix - John Askew Rework)
    By Will Rees
  • 05
    3:21
    Blink
    By Simon Patterson featuring Lucy Pullin
  • 06
    5:56
    Violent Skies
    By David Forbes
  • 07
    6:08
    Rotavator (Sam Jones Extended Remix)
    By Simon Patterson & Sam Jones
  • 08
    6:55
    Universal (Extended Mix)
    By Avalon & Azax
  • 09
    6:41
    Textures
    By Liam Wilson
  • 10
    7:06
    The Arena
    By Altered State
  • 11
    4:00
    Vulcan
    By A & Z
  • 12
    7:46
    Knockout (Extended Mix)
    By Amir Hussain & Alan Wyse
  • 13
    3:20
    These Hands I Hold (Richard Durand Remix)
    By Greg Downey & Bo Bruce
  • 14
    6:20
    Soundpiercing (Omni Remix - John Askew Rework)
    By Prototype
  • 15
    8:51
    Imagination (Will Atkinson Extended Remix)
    By JES
  • 16
    7:56
    Among Us (Extended Mix)
    By Greg Downey & Alex Di Stefano
  • 17
    8:13
    Solo (Extended Mix)
    By Simon Patterson
  • 18
    7:54
    Rocket Punch (Alex Di Stefano Extended Remix)
    By Jordan Suckley
  • 19
    4:19
    Northern Lights (UDM Remix)
    By Simon Patterson featuring Dave Wright
  • 20
    3:40
    Contour
    By Activa & Simon Bostock
  • 21
    5:10
    Luna
    By Mikas
  • 22
    77:01
    Solo Vol. I (Continuous Mix 2)
    By Simon Patterson