Revered UK label, tastemaker and authority Renaissance, the label that has not only been at the forefront of the electronic DJ scene but documented its navigation into popular culture have honored a landmark 25 years by inviting Hamburg based DJ and super producer Solomun to rework a timeless classic – one of a number of tracks that shaped the labels early years.
A constant innovator, Solomun; whom himself has played an equally major role in redefining European house music spoke of the challenge when faced with the prestigious role of reworking one of the most influential tracks in electronic music, for a new generation.
“Its a big challenge to remix such an iconic trance classic, because the Jam & Spoon remix was so good”
He continued detailing both the influence and accessibility of a track that in 1990 established the early sound of trance, captured not least with its inclusion in the hugely successful film based on the UK club scene, Human Traffic.
”Age of Love is one of the very few tracks from that era that I actually play occasionally in my sets, so it was already a timeless piece of music for me. That’s why I said yes to the remix!
“For the remix, I wanted to keep the essence of the track but with another groove. It’s like a trip, until the salvation at the very end.”
Solomun’s enormous and poignant remix has already been a key track for selected DJ’s over the last few months including Tale of Us, Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Sasha and Pete Tong whom made it last weeks coveted Essential New Tune.
‘Renaissance The ReMix Collection’. Is a concept focused on introducing new ears to seminal tracks that have remained significant and iconic to Renaissance for over two decades. True to form Renaissance highly collectable vinyl products will be beautifully packaged and presented in box set form and available as limited editions.
The series celebrates Renaissance’s musical legacy and firmly establishes its future place in the electronic music landscape.
Age of Love – ‘The Age of Love’ (Solomun Renaissance Remix) will be released through Renaissance July 21st.
Vinyl also includes “Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix” as the B-side.
Melodic house pioneer and Diynamic figurehead Solomun is back with his latest release, a compilation of some of his best-loved remixes from over the past 7 years. Comprised of 24 tracks spread across two CDs, the collection is due for release in June this year, and is split into a vocal and non-vocal disc. Both the CD and vinyl versions come with customisable cover artwork and a pack of crayons, reflecting the “remix” concept.
The first disc displays Solomun’s skill for crafting intelligent yet crossover-ready reworks of both well-known and underground songs. Amongst these are some of the producer’s most iconic tracks to date; the Solomun Vox Mix of Noir & Haze’s ‘Around’ – Resident Advisor’s no1 remix and Groove Magazine’s no2 remix of 2011 – as well as his remix of ‘Let’s Go Back’ by Kraak & Smaak, which was also Groove Magazine’s no3 remix of the same year. His remix of Foals – ‘Late Night’ from 2013 also features, which, alongside ‘Around’, has racked up over 30 million views on Youtube to date. Other offerings range from atmospheric takes on the likes of Lana Del Rey and Roisin Murphy, to the more recent, deep and downbeat remix of Whilk & Misky’s ‘Clap Your Hands’.
The largely vocal-less remixes on CD2 allow Solomun’s unique production style to shine through. The dark beats of his remix of Stimming’s ‘Una Pena’ feat. Paulo Olarte makes for an attention-grabbing start to the disc, whereas his dub mix of ‘A Love Bizarre’ by So Phat! and Claude VonStroke’s ‘The Clapping Track’ shows his funkier side. Older remixes like that of ‘Magnetic North’ by Palm Skin Productions and Marbert Rocel’s ‘Cornflake Boy’ prove Solomun’s credentials with a traditional jacking house groove, underlined by those same distinctive lush basslines and melodic elements. Tiga & Audion’s famous ’Let’s Go Dancing’ draws the compilation to a close, demonstrating Solomon’s skill for bringing an entirely new dimension to an already very well-known track.
Solomun’s ‘Selected Remixes 2009 – 2015’ is a great overview of the multiple facets of Solomun’s unique yet ever evolving production style. His seminal label Diynamic reaches its 10th anniversary this year, marking the perfect time for this retrospective release.
Selected Remixes tracklist:
01 Broken Bells – Holding On For Life (Solomun Remix)
02 Noir & Haze – Around (Solomun Vox Mix)
03 Ron Carroll & Superfunk – Lucky Star (Solomun Remix)
04 Tiefschwarz – Corporate Butcher feat. Mama (Solomun Remix)
05 Kraak & Smaak – Let’s Go Back feat. Romanthony (Solomun Remix)
06 Editors – Our Love (Solomun Remix)
07 Foals – Late Night (Solomun Remix)
08 Lana Del Rey – West Coast (Solomun Remix)
09 Paul Kalkbrenner – Cloud Rider (Solomun Remix)
10 Liu Bei – Atlas World (Solomun Day Remix)
11 Luca C & Brigante – Flash Of Light feat. Roisin Murphy (Solomun Mix)
12 Whilk & Misky – Clap Your Hands (Solomun Remix)
13 Josef Salvat – Hustler (Solomun Remix)
01 Stimming – Una Pena feat. Paulo Olarte (Solomun Vocal Mix)
02 Edu Imbernon & Los Suruba – Punset (Solomun Remix)
03 So Phat! – A Love Bizarre (Solomun Dub Remix)
04 Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Blutsbrüder (Solomun Remix)
05 Elekfantz – Diggin’ On You (Solomun Remix)
06 Palm Skin Productions – Magnetic North (Solomun Remix)
07 Claude VonStroke – The Clapping Track (Solomun Remix)
08 Marbert Rocel – Cornflake Boy (Solomun Dub Remix)
09 Tiger Stripes – Hooked (Solomun Remix)
10 Tiga & Audien – Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)
11 Gunnar Stiller – Tiagos Destiny (Solomun Remix)
Hugely respected DJ, producer and Diynamic label boss Solomun has just revealed his latest remix, this time for popular NYC rock band Interpol. Forthcoming on 2DIY on the 29th April, the release also includes an extended ‘Solomun Stripped Remix’ without vocals and a slower build.
Taken from Interpol’s latest album ‘El Pintor’, ‘Everything Is Wrong’ has been given a dancefloor-ready makeover from Solomun. His remix preserves the gritty guitar line, adding a subtle but deep bassline and echoey percussion. The vocals are slightly tweaked, their electronic twang reminiscent of 80s bands. As Solomon’s strings slowly grow throughout the track, the vocals seem to take on a new sense of urgency, particularly in the two dramatic beatless breakdowns towards the end. True to form, Solomun’s remix of ‘Everything Is Wrong’ preserves the mood and melody of the original, yet is a clearly recognisable production of his own; with so many iconic remixes under his belt, Solomun has become known for his masterfully emotive, slow-building takes on all manner of tracks.
As it’s released at the end of April, ‘Everything Is Wrong’ comes out just as Solomun kicks off his hectic global touring schedule for the 2016 summer season, including the return of his famed ‘Solomun + 1’ residency at Pacha Ibiza.
After his Lana Del Rey remixes, Solomun has been remixing again, this time tackling tracks by Liu Bei, and they come out on Diynamic’s sister label 2DIY4.
Of course, this summer he will return to take up his throne at Pacha Ibiza with his own Solomon + 1 night, which will see the likes of Dixon, Ame, Pete Tong, HOSH and many more all play on Sunday nights. Before that though is this new EP, which features two very different remixes of the same track, “Atlas World” by Liu Bei.
The first is an electronica version that will no doubt get plenty of daytime plays this summer. Patient and slow burning, it has sombre piano chords and blissfully, subtly uplifting synths all making for a magical and musical experience, especially once the Balearic vocals come in.
The second is much more tech house aligned and is a perfect cut for night time. Here the bass is much darker the beats are more purposeful and there is a real sense of tension. It doesn’t take much to imagine this one completely owning dance floors in the weeks and months ahead. This is another big release from Solomun that sets the tone for his busy summer ahead.