Own track : Through the fields

When the sunny summer days are here,
The air hot, the nature alive,
enjoy an evening walk through the wheat, barley and corn fields as the sun slowly goes down towards the horizon. Enjoy those simple but magic moments where nature offers you and your friends the perfect scenery for some happy moments in life

Enjoy those moments of simple and happy life, far from the bling bling spirit often associated with housey music, follow me through the fields !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:44
Key : Bmin (camelot wheel coding : 10A)
BPM : 123
Extended version lasts for 7:32

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg M1 legacy, Dexed, Lounge lizard EP-4

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Own track : Dragonfly ride

It’s summer.

The heat rises. The sun shines.

Flying like X-wings through a jungle of reed and sedges growing by the shores of their home ponds, the almighty dragonflies, the ultimate air force, designed 400 million years ago and still competitive, patrols the skies of their wonderful green and wet paradise. Join their extraordinary ride by enjoying that piece of music that embodies their short but intense life.

Technical data :
Song length : 4:11
Key : F#min (camelot wheel coding : 11A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 7:43

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Real strat

Dragonfly picture shot at the Petite Camargue Alsacienne, where the green house style is born.

Own track : Sunset lounge (short radio edit)

Relax…
It’s summer…
You’re lying in a lounge in front of the pool or the sea.
There are palm trees planted all over the place, and the white sandy beach isn’t far.
The gentle marine breeze blows some delicate fresh air in the tropical heat.
You’ve got your favorite cocktail just on the table next to you.
The one you love is just here, right next to you.
Everything’s fine.
You feel like in paradise. You are in paradise…

You’re in the sunset lounge…

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:26
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 6:21

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Dexed

Cover art photography CC-by Greg Knapp

Own track : Summer storms (short radio edit)

After a long hot summer, suddenly the air fills up with moisture, turning our temperate climate into a quasi tropical one. The atmosphere gets thick, dark clouds gather in the sky, before unleashing their power in a flash of rain, lightnings and thunderstorms.

Its the atmosphere of that very short moment that this song tries to capture and to convey in the form of a progressive green house track.

The cover art is BTW a personnal shot of a summer storm that hit our town on june 6th, 2015.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 2:43
Key : Emaj (camelot wheel coding : 12B)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:08

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1

Discovery : Jimss

Let’s head towards the eastern border of France to discover that new talented producer I discovered while browsing the soundcloud goldmine. Living in Strasbourg, Jimmy Tonussi aka Jimss kicks on the electronic music scene with some great house productions filled with wonderful postive summer vibes that should meet the requirements of anyone building his/her feelgood playlist.

Among his productions, two tracks he did stand out in my opinon : The moon and Enjoy the sun.

The moon features an incredible mashed up vocal samples melodic riff that gets directly to your heart and soul, and repeats itself throughout the track, sometimes played with different instruments, including a sax (I guess this must me the Korg M1 sax, as I hear several other M1 sounds, like the famous organ 2 throughout that track). A track that definitely shows the real power of a killer melody. The light beat behind it, with some nice percussion, adds the necessary rhythm to make this track a fantastic summer and good feel anthem. A pure audio gem for our sunthirsty ears. Congrats, Jimmy !

Enjoy the sun opens up with some nice warm synth stabs (that sound definitely like some sylenth1 stuff). Then a nice tropical house vibes kicks in, with some cool percussion elements and a light kick drum and again that M1 organ 2 patch that comes back in fashion nowadays. A nice track that carries a cool laid back feel, the kind of stuff you need when you want to enjoy the sun on a tropical beach, spiced up here and there by some nice melodic vocal samples. Maybe not as perfect as The moon – Jimss’s instant classic – Enjoy the sun is still an excellent follow up to this producer’s masterpiece.

Let me know if you enjoy Jimss’s music as I do…

…and promised, next time, I’m gonna take you somewhere out of France on my talentscouting journey πŸ˜‰

Discovery : Dune

Back to Paris for that new discovery. This time we’re heading towards the sandy universe of Dune (not the german happy hardcore act from the 90s!), a yet little known Deep / tropical house producer I like very much. Definitely one of the upcoming talents to watch.

Along a tropical house remix of Tim Berg (Avicii)’s Seek Bromance, Dune uploaded two great tropical house tracks featuring always excellent tropical mallet alike pizz sounds, a light but effective beat that takes you away, under the palms of a tropical beach.

While Dune might – maybe – need a vocalist to take it’s works on a further level (vocals play a more important role in tropical house than in more classic deep house I think), his productions (Nautilus and Curuba) are excellent both on the technical and artistical level as everything is in place and that the tracks really make you feel being on a beach on some distant island, a cocktail in one hand, your girl/boyfriend next to you, watching the waves break while the sunset paints the sky in fire. And that’s what makes this kind of music so great πŸ™‚

Definitely a producer worth following, as he might turn out to be France’s big surprises in the next few months.

Discovery : Delta

Another gem coming from France hits this blog. This time, 2 hours south of Paris, let’s take a trip to Lyon, one of France’s major cities to discover Delta, a nice producer (group of producers ?)Β  providing great music to our ears.

My personnal favorite is a track called Ain’t Nobody (feat Patricia Edwards) that features a nice blend of acoustic guitar, female vocals and a light but effective house beat. Unlike my two previous discoveries (16 bit lolitas and Croquet club), this producer (band ?) seems to work both with electronic / programmed and live stuff, blending the best of those two worlds together to create a nice, warm and organic sound, definitely radio ready.

A very interesting – but very secret – producer / band / whatever – that will for sure be the source of many great tracks in the months and years to come, making it definitely worth keeping an eye on him / them.

Again, Delta, if you want to be interviewed for this blog, just drop me a line about it πŸ™‚

(This invitation is valid for any artist in the deep / progressive / green house style, and in electronic music in general)

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Discovery : Croquet club

Very little is known about that quite secret french producer. Actually except the real name of the man behind that project – Jeremy Villecourt – and the city he lives in – Paris, nothing is to be found about him online… except for his music. And what music !

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Croquet club is one of the most interesting projects to follow in the current deep house scene. Signed to Anjunadeep (again!), this french audiogenius provided me – and hopefully soon you too – with some of the best tunes I heard in the last years.

Careless love is as simple and magic as it’s cover artwork. Slow paced, it starts with some minimalistic plucks, then builds into a light beat supported by pads and then some delightfully loungy vocals kick in, just before a nice rhodes piano alike sound fills up the soundscape. A lovely soft atmosphere merging the best of the wonderful 70s music and its contemporary avatar. An ideal song for a cozy, yet modern atmosphere.

But Jeremy’s masterpiece – to my ears atleast – is his amazing Only you can tell release, which is one of the greatest tracks I heard in the last years, the kind of music that makes you literally feel like being in paradise. Starting off with some heavily sidechained pads that play throughout the track, a light beat then comes in, a delightfully haunting vocal line and some nice muted guitars that play a kind of arpeggio throughout a track that builds up more and more, breaking once again the boundaries of the genre and setting us free from the chains our daily life put on us. 4 minutes and 31 seconds of pure audiopleasure I’m glad to share with you :

Enjoy that club, folks !

P.S. : I searched and searched the internet for an interview of Croquet Club but found none. If some of you know one, please let me know. And if none is available, Jeremy is always welcome to contact me and we’ll find a way to arrange you that interview that will be made available here πŸ™‚

Own track : Monsoon heat

All arount the globe, in the tropical latitudes, the long and hot dry season ends up in a flash of lightning and thunder, announcing the return of the wet season.

That particular moment, when everything gets lush and green again thanks to the warm monsoon rain, is what I tried to catch in that typical green house track called Monsoon heat.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 4:03
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:25

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1

Hello, world !

Of the zillions blogs and other more or less social media, there had to be another.

Mine.
The blog of the Solstize project.

Solstize

Coming out of the depth of the deep south of northeastern France, right on the German border, Solstize came to life with one and only goal : make summer, a very short season up here, last for ever, atleast in your ears, through the magic of green house, my music style.

Why green house ? Of course because of the greenhouse effect, that regulates – or not ! – the climate of our planet, but also because I love that color that is the symbol of a healthy, lush nature, and thus became the symbol of those who care for mother nature.

So much for the green… for the house part, just listen to the 4 on the floor bassdrum that kicks in in almost every track.

As you can imagine, my music is inspired by the luxuriant tropical (or elsewhere summertimes) nature. While EDM’s roots are urban, it’s now time for that music to get an interpretation more closely tied with the beauties mother nature offers us at it’s best, in summer !

But this blog is not only about shameless self promotion. It’s also there to discuss everything around Green / deep / tropical house, other genres of electronic music, music in general, but also music marketing in the social media age and everything that is somewhat linked to those topics.

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It’s also a blog dedicated to discoveries, a place where I’ll share with you the gems I’ll find online, via the dedicated page and various articles about artists and tracks I really like.

In other words, it’s a blog about passion πŸ™‚ And that’s what should drive us all when making music.

Enjoy the summer
Enjoy the nature
Enjoy… Solstize !