Photek ‎– Solaris

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 49831, Astralwerks ‎– 7243 8 49831 2 3, Science ‎– ASW 49831, Science ‎– 7243 8 49831 2 3
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1 Terminus 5:26
2 Junk 5:27
3 Glamourama
Vocals – Marie-José Jongerius
4 Mine To Give
Vocals – Robert Owens
5 Can't Come Down
Vocals – Robert Owens
6 Infinity 8:31
7 Solaris 5:12
8 Aura 0:47
9 Halogen 4:38
10 Lost Blue Heaven
Vocals – Simone Simone
11 Under The Palms 2:37

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All tracks published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd except tracks 4 & 5 published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd / Musical Directions / Westbury Music Ltd.
Vocals track 3 taken from the film "Vedette", courtesy of Poison Ivy Productions. Samples courtesy of Spectrasonics "Distorted Reality 2".
Airport images courtesy of Rob Schröder.

℗ & © 2000 Virgin Records Ltd. Under exclusive license to Astralwerks.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24384 98312 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724384983123
  • Matrix / Runout: ASW69958
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): MASTERED BY EMI MFG.
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored): IFPI L044
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 1639
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 1684

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QEDLP6, 7243 8 49831 16 Photek Solaris(2xLP, Album) Science, Virgin QEDLP6, 7243 8 49831 16 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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September 28, 2018
edited about 1 year ago

Overall I find this album to be pretty impressive, and I'm glad to see so many positive comments below. So much has been said already about it that I won't retread, other than to say that I put off listening to it for years because of all the controversy -- it just turned me off. It really is a unique album, though, and to me should be seen as a stand-alone effort, rather than a follow-up to his d'n'b output as Photek. It could have been released under a different alias, for that matter, and I bet it wouldn't have garnered the same backlash. It's a very well produced atmospheric slice of electronica with nods to all ends of the spectrum, and is well worth owning. I'm glad I finally caught up to it!


March 16, 2013
edited 6 months ago

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 Italian-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.


May 31, 2003

Not really what I would thought I would hear from Photek. This release is more or less towards the Housey side, lacking the drum n bass flavor that he has been known for. It's an okay release, but I have heard better.