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    PhotekSolaris

    Label:Astralwerks – ASW 49831, Astralwerks – 7243 8 49831 2 3, Science – ASW 49831, Science – 7243 8 49831 2 3
    Format:
    CD, Album
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic
    Style:Deep House, Drum n Bass, Experimental

    Tracklist

    1Terminus5:26
    2Junk5:27
    3Glamourama5:30
    4Mine To Give
    VocalsRobert Owens
    6:41
    5Can't Come Down
    VocalsRobert Owens
    6:59
    6Infinity8:31
    7Solaris5:12
    8Aura0:47
    9Halogen4:38
    10Lost Blue Heaven
    VocalsSimone Simone
    3:13
    11Under The Palms2:37
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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

    Other Versions (5 of 16)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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    Solaris (CD, Album)Science, VirginCDQED6, 7243 8 49831 23UK & Europe2000
    Solaris (2×LP, Album)Science, VirginQEDLP6, 7243 8 49831 16UK2000
    Solaris (2×LP, Album)Astralwerks, VirginASW 49831, 7243 8 49831 16US2000
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    Solaris (CD, Album)Virgin, ScienceVJCP-68245Japan2000
    Recently Edited
    Solaris (CD, Album, Promo)ScienceCDJQED 6Europe2000

    Reviews

    Escherichia's avatar
    Escherichia
    Edited 3 years 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!
    scoundrel's avatar
    scoundrel
    Edited 2 years 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.
    evol4276's avatar
    evol4276
    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.