Photek ‎– Solaris

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Tracklist

Terminus
Junk
Glamourama
Mine To Give
Can't Come Down
Infinity
Solaris
Halogen
Lost Blue Heaven
Under The Palms

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 Photek Solaris(2xLP, Album) Science, Virgin QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ASW 49831-1 Photek Solaris(2xLP, Album) Astralwerks ASW 49831-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
QEDLPDJ6 Photek Solaris(2xLP, Album, Promo) Science QEDLPDJ6 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Science, Virgin CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
CDQED6, 8498312 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Science, Virgin CDQED6, 8498312 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Science, Virgin CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23 UK 2000 Sell This Version
VJCP-68245 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Virgin VJCP-68245 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
7243 8 49831 23 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Astralwerks, Virgin Music Canada 7243 8 49831 23 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
ASW 49831, 7243 8 49831 2 3 Photek Solaris(CD, Album) Astralwerks, Astralwerks ASW 49831, 7243 8 49831 2 3 US 2000 Sell This Version
CDJQED 6 Photek Solaris(CD, Album, Promo) Science CDJQED 6 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
ASW 69958-2 Photek Solaris(CD, Album, Promo) Astralwerks, Science ASW 69958-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
none Photek Solaris(CDr, Album, Promo) Astralwerks none US 2000 Sell This Version

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OCCIDENTAL

OCCIDENTAL

November 20, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Solaris, 2xLP, Album, ASW 49831-1

Confusing the masses who were expecting another jungle album, Rupert Parkes instead dropped this masterpiece. And honestly, I enjoy it more now than I had before.
"Glamourama" is my jam. HOT.
nthome

nthome

October 9, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23

very good album. sure, not really dnb outside Infinity, more of an Electronica/Deep House album, but with songs as good as Mine to Give is, i won't argue lol
scoundrel

scoundrel

March 16, 2013
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, ASW 49831, 7243 8 49831 2 3

Photek shocked almost everyone with his second album, SOLARIS, by moving away from this drum & bass work and into house territory. The paranoia that infused his earlier work still remains, however, as one can hear from the deep bass hits of "Terminus" or the herky-jerky acid of "Junk." But "Glamourama" gets us into the house in a big way, with a sensuous Spanish-language spoken word, and a deepness that swirls around a dark core. "Mine to Give" features the inimitable Robert Owens in a more poppy track ("Can't Come Down" is also poppy, but offers some breaks in the place of a 4/4). But fear not drum & bassheads, "Infinity" gets back to the blistering breaks for a spell before the title track returns to deep, icy house, certainly suited for Tarkovsky's film. "Halogen" and "Lost Blue Heaven" opt for a slower rhythms, resonating and filling the space with sound. A dark and fascinating journey.
TrondC

TrondC

March 7, 2013
referencing Solaris, 2xLP, Album, QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6
Coming from the amazing Modus Operandi album, I instantly hated this. Then I hated it some more, and then even more. But with each listen something happened. I started enjoying this album, one track at a time. Slowly, it grew on me, and today I consider this not only the best album from Photek, but a huge classic on level with such albums as Leftism and Fat of the Land. I love how Photek goes though so many sub-generes within one album. From the dirty, 'made this in mah bedroom' breakbeats in the start, to the sexy, stripped down Glamourama, the oh-so cheezy but lush Mine to Give, the odd but incredible Can't Come Down, to the darkness of Infinity, Solaris and the dim outtro, this is a real musical statement and a journey I just love to take again and again. Yes, his complex DnB of earlier s more technically impressive, but this album is just brick solid, and one of the few albums from that era I just never grow tired of!
Nick_G

Nick_G

February 9, 2013
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23
I have to agree with several others that I think this album annoyed a lot of Photek's dnb purists. However he manages to infuse some of his house instrumentals with the same chilly paranoia that characterises his drum & bass tracks which is a unique combination. I don't think anyone else has managed this and with the diversity of styles this is a classic album IMO. If only he could come up with more tracks like 'Glamourama' and 'Lost Blue Heaven'...
stuarte

stuarte

July 20, 2012
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23
Quite simply you have to take your hat off to Photek for displaying his CinemaScope vision on Solaris. Sure the d&b purists didn't get it, suffering from beat xenophobia but that's the case with any electronic subgenre...with some much good music why just not broaden your mind...
Back to Solaris, it's a compelling listen because Photek didn't give a damn and basically wore his heart on his sleeve nodding to Detroit, Berlin & Chicago and of course d&b and downtempo. Stylistically and sonically this album is BANG ON THE MONEY, period. I'm sure that a few critics have comeback to this album and admit that they were wrong, oh so very wrong.
So if your mind is broad, don't like to be pigeonholed in one style and have REALLY good taste in music don't hesitate on this one. CLASS. Period.
BROOKLYNBOY303

BROOKLYNBOY303

August 20, 2011
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23

Im sorry, but photek is knowing for very technical beats & sounds then to move back 80s acid house style with robert owen, there progress, fuck we mite as well stick to 4/4 time and call this techical album. not. I dont no where photek going with his style but he can do better the way he is going style of music. this album is shock to the sytstem if you expecting same style music before.
sorenfissure

sorenfissure

January 12, 2008
referencing Solaris, 2xLP, Album, QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6
Dissapointing, don't get me wrong i listen to more electronica hip hop and dusted beats than d&b so i have no d&b purist hang ups but this sounds like a ending of contract album or even more a label / artist trying to appeal to a broader base ie america, comparable to leftisms boring corporate baby brother.
No depth, bad cover, owens vocals don't sit well, obvious chords straight forward arrangments linear drum programing in fact is it even photek.

the_electrician

the_electrician

October 11, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23

I really like this album, it stands apart from Parkes' earlier works and it's really interesting to hear what he does with more stripped back musical forms, and not much in the way of his usual chopped up fare. It really hits me in that place I discovered within myself when I travelled to the Society Islands. The vocals really hit me there too. Must admit I'm not House music fan... maybe that's why I like the "House" tracks on this album so much.
Ridiculoid

Ridiculoid

June 24, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Solaris, CD, Album, CDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23
emerging at the other side of the black hole mustn't be an easy experience, and the proof is that with "Solaris" we arrive at a much more cold, mechanical universe. Where "Modus Operandi" evocated the coldness of a travel through the voids of cosmos and black holes, this album, even with its more soul/house oriented numbers, goes even deeper presenting a cold world, far away from the void and immensity of space. which maybe explains why it seems so distant even when it's aiming to the dance floor. the reference to Stanislav Lem and his portrait of the cultural clash between the old and the new (wether they're separated from atime and/or space) seems very accurate to me. i still haven't decided if i like "Solaris" better than "Modus Operanmdi", but be aware that richard parks, contrary to his fans desires, keeps his production work in motion and looking forward. and that can't be bad, right?