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ALBUM REVIEW: Solid Stone - Introspection out on Coldharbour recordings

Montreal, Canada - the epicentre of electronic music's core afterhours, and home to a crucial foundation in the clubbing world, the cathedral of Stereo. It attracts an elite selection of DJs from further afield. However, the ambiance of Montreal's afterhours is about to undergo emission to a worldwide listening audience, thanks to a homegrown individual whose reputation increases at pace.

Coldharbour Recordings is incredibly proud to present the first artist album from one of its family members, and the honor is bestowed on one Solid Stone, with his collective piece Introspection.

The Montreal native has long been on the radar of international star Markus Schulz, thanks to his frequent visits to Quebec and a special connection with the Stereo institution. And in a setting where the groove is paramount above all else, the production palette of Elias Barouche has thrived to immense effect; attracting interest beyond his city, stretching past country borders.

Having demonstrated a rich diversity of sound over the past number of years, Solid Stone's commitment to his city's soundtrack has been impressive to say the least, most notably with his recent success in collaborating with close friend Jennifer Rene for Pushing Up. She features again on another beautiful piece for Introspection, with the tender Heart Call a frontrunner for the album favorite.

His appetite for teamwork also flourishes with admired darklords Wellenrausch, and Ursa major will find a spot in the playlists of many throughout the summer season. However, his solo compositions are also vital pieces of the jigsaw, with the likes of Wired and 606 joining the ranks of already familiar Profound and Get On My Vinyl.

And complimenting the club-driven foundations are two beautiful reflective pieces, with Back Home and title track Introspection providing the backdrop to those beautiful sunrise moments.

Through his Schulz Music Group membership, Solid Stone's album celebrations will be plentiful, over the course of solo nights and multiple Coldharbour Night appearances across the globe. Available from Monday June 27th, he proudly heralds the sound of Montreal, and presents his vision and influence through Introspection.

Pre-order Introspection on iTunes click here

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
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 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
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 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Solid Stone - Introspection[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Every human that is able to go through the process of introspection shows signs of maturity and self-knowledge that others  aspire to achieve. Solid Stone seems to be in his most mature moment in his career and it seems that is the perfect moment for him to move forward for an artist album. Many artists releasing singles every day at beatport but to release a whole album is an achievement and quite noticeable one in the case of Solid Stone. His decision to explore further the deeper moodier darker side of progressive trance proves that he starts from the very essence.  Firstly comes the ambient Introspection with incredible atmosphere and wide variety of synthy layers, relaxing smooth grooves and cinematic soundscapes perfect to indulge even deeper inside yourself. Broken is a minimal hybrid of deep prog house and trance with attention to detail and atmospheres. Long breakdown and lazy groove starts the journey perfectly as we are invited to go deeper.  Solid Stone collaborates with the beloved Wellenrausch for Ursa Major. Tribal grooves, pulsating basslines and exceptional breakdown with swirling synths while the climax continues to be steady and groovy with understated melodies underneath. Profound comes next with dark moody basslines, haunting atmosphere with natural sounds and incredibly captivating suspenseful melody that pushes things forward. When Solid Stone meets Jennifer Rene and her heartfelt performance on  Heart Call you know that is going to be magic. Smooth basslines, chunky grooves, dark lonely isolating atmosphere and incredible vocals and lyrics that will make you cry the least on the dancefloor. Great synthy themes that progress beautifully as they lead us in the big crescendo moment lost in the long and endless labyrinth of sounds and colorful melodies. Future single with remixes for sure without doubts. Genesis moves in the prog house meets prog trance direction with spoken distorted vocals in the breakdown funky rhythms and spacey melodies to please the body and awake the soul with certain Danny Tenaglia influence in it. Wired continues the dark and uncertain journey where you don't know where you heading at but the sunkissed melodies in the  breakdown offer hope that will be light and maybe the promised land at the end of this journey. Get On My Vinyl has released as single and is definitely the kind of progressive melodic techno with strong doses of haunting dark trance that make it so attractive for the ear. Amnesia is made for the clubs with big basslines, punchy grooves, organ riffs, funky basslines and great mixture of tech house and trance in one hypnotic package. 606 is truly dark, vicious and escaping with rolling drums, deep basslines and that moody threatening synthy line dominating the atmosphere. Solid Stone & Jennifer Rene collaborate for Pushing Up that has been released as a single and is simple incredible with detailed sound design and Jennifer's performance that sounds like feather in the air of the wave sounds. Immortal continues techy bouncy spacey moody and serious with distorted  vocal samples upon the foundation of throbbing basslines and bouncy grooves while on top dark industrial synths make their way. Lastly Back Home is an experimental chill out track that included breaks, melodies, warm strings and the feeling that you are back and safe where all started. What an album, what a sonic experience for the listener and the producer alike. #PureGold Love It[/content]

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