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Photek - Solaris album mp3

Photek - Solaris album mp3

Performer: Photek
Title: Solaris
Country: UK
Released: 2000
Style: Deep House, Drum n Bass, Experimental
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 709
Other formats: MOD MIDI RA WAV MP3 MMF DXD

Solaris (Photek album). Studio album by Photek. Solaris is the third album by British drum and bass artist Photek. It was released on 19 September 2000 on the Virgin Records sublabel Science in Europe and on Astralwerks in the US. Track listing. Mine to Give" – 6:41.

Album · 2000 · 11 Songs. See All. Need for Speed (EA Games Soundtrack).

Style: pop. Album year: 2000. Photek - Solaris 05:12. Photek - Infinity 08:31. Photek - Lost Blue Heaven 03:13. Photek - Halogen 04:38.

Solaris is like no Photek album you've ever heard before: It's an album that celebrates both dance and relaxation, touching on deep house, trip-hop, and ambient, with (gasp) only one drum-and-bass track (the typically spare "Infinity"). Sentimentality for his musical roots and the desire to create music with a warmer, more human feel drive Photek on these 11 disparate tracks, and the outcome is mixed. 20. Solaris is an anthem for Eurotrash everywhere. Its sins are ultimately sloth and indifference.

In 2000, Photek released his Solaris album, turning his attention from drum and bass to Chicago house and minimal techno  . Additional production work on the Nine Inch Nails album With Teeth led to his remix of their track 'The Hand That Feeds' which got him KROQ daytime rotation.

Solaris (Photek album). Solaris. Studio album by. Photek.

Solaris is the third album by British drum and bass artist Photek. MetaCritic has ranked Solaris 95th Best Album of 2000. featuring Robert Owens (vocals). Can't Come Down" – 6:59.

Tracklist Hide Credits

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

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Virgin Records Ltd.
  • Published By – Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Published By – Musical Directions
  • Published By – Westbury Music Ltd.
  • Mastered At – Metropolis Studios
  • Pressed By – EMI Uden
  • Glass Mastered At – EMI Uden


  • Mastered By – Stuart Hawkes
  • Mixed By – G. Ashton* (tracks: 1, 6), R. Parkes*
  • Photography By [Airport Images] – Rob Schröder
  • Photography By [Black & White Portrait], Art Direction – Miriam Kruishoop
  • Photography By [Front Cover & Palm Trees] – Cookie Kinkead
  • Producer – R Parkes*
  • Written-By – Owens* (tracks: 4, 5), R Parkes*


All tracks published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd, except tracks 4 & 5 published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Musical Directions/Westbury Music Ltd.

Vocals of track 3 taken from the film "Vedette" courtesy of Poison Ivy Productions. Samples courtesy of Spectrasonics "Distorted Reality 2"

℗ & © 2000 Virgin Records Limited

Made in EU.

Issued in a transparent jewel case with 8-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24384 98312 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): EMI UDEN 8498312 @ 2 2-3-1-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): EMI UDEN 8498312 @ 2 2-1-5-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): EMI UDEN 8498312 @ 2 2-1-3-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): EMI UDEN 8498312 @ 2 2-1-1-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): EMI UDEN 8498312 @2 2-3-5-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 to 5): IFPI L046
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 1521
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 15D7
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 15CF
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): ifpi 152E
  • Rights Society: bel/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 03098

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 Photek Solaris ‎(2xLP, Album) Science, Virgin QEDLP 6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 UK 2000
ASW 49831-1 Photek Solaris ‎(2xLP, Album) Astralwerks ASW 49831-1 US 2000
QEDLP6, QEDLPDJ6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 Photek Solaris ‎(2xLP, Album) Science, Science, Virgin QEDLP6, QEDLPDJ6, 7243 8 49831 1 6 UK 2000
none Photek Solaris ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Astralwerks none US 2000
CDQED6, 7243 8 48831 23, 7243 8 49831 23 Photek Solaris ‎(CD, Album, Unofficial) Virgin , Virgin , Virgin CDQED6, 7243 8 48831 23, 7243 8 49831 23 Russia 2000

Reviews (16)
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

Freaky Hook
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'...

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.

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.

fair response if your just into drum and bass, but i dont understand what you mean by you dont know where his style is going this album is 11 years old it pre-dates work he's done on metalheadz and hospital which have both been d'n'b.

Little Devil
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.

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?

this is a unique masterpiece, absolutely stunning tribute - if considered as one - to the work of stanislav lem. probably the best music illustration to his novels i've ever heard. of course this is a very subjective assumption (to consider this album as a tribute), as the real intentions of rupert parkes are beyond my knowledge, however - deep, dark scientific feeling of "solaris" makes it one of the most interesting propositions in its breed. check "terminus" for instance - run it as an audio background for lecture of "terminus" novel, a disturbing experience, believe it or not. yesterday s. lem has passed away. if i was asked to prepare a tribute album, i wouldn't hesitate to choose photek's productions from "solaris". not only because of the album title itself.

If there is a track to remember on this versatile album, no doubt it is "Infinity". Listening to it with headphones is a snare... Its power catches you and it's impossible to escape from the haunting and dramatic atmosphere till the end while you suddenly find yourself jumping like a loony... Nearly six years later, my head still shakes on this... Faultless d'n'b production hitting your body with punch bass and hard drums, twisting your soul with short loop of obsessive female voice, up and down arpeggio of hypnotic celestial tone, majestic yet freezing sustained chord in the low register and smashing fx noises. A monster of a track, overtaking PHOTEK's greatest masterpieces. Lethal.

The problem I have with this album isnt the fact that its got more than drum & bass on it. I like downtempo and house music too. The thing is that the various styles of music here (apart from the d&b tracks) are all fairly crap. 'Mine To Give' is a boring house track and 'Can't Come Down' isnt great either. A lot of the tracks are short and pointless. Overall its quite a disappointing album

In fact, I can understand why Photek fans dislike this album - they were expecting more drum & bass, more 'classic' Photek, so to speak, but they didn't get what they wanted. "Solaris" is the proof, that Photek is much more than just a drum & bass producer. It proves that he's truly talented. His house works blow my socks off every time I hear them. Not to mention the amazing "Terminus" and "Junk" - genius tracks. Personally, I think "Solaris" is Photek's best album to date. It's more than just a bunch of songs on 1 CD - it's really an ALBUM. It flows nicely and all the songs are 'connected' together. Truly fantastic, from the beginning until the end.

A quite unique album, different from what I first heard of Photek (during his The Seven Samurai/Ni Ten Ichi Ryu stage). When I used to think of Photek, the first thing that came to my mind was "mysterious, aggressive japanese-flavored drum 'n' bass" thus I found Solaris a bit disappointing. True, you gotta have an open mind to fully appreciate this album, however there are a few outstanding tracks like Halogen which, in my opinion, are well worth a listen.

I thought this album was stunning. Really. To avoid this ridiculous drum 'n' bass feud, I thought it was a masterpiece from beginning to end. "Terminus" is totally unique, those huge dubbed-out beats are some real heavy shit, and the breaks over the top with the bleepy line really scramble your brain. And then you have the planes flying overhead and all manner of stange noises going on. And that's just the first track. You really need an open mind to appreciate fully. He's definitely done things here that have never been done before, and has added new perspectives on more common sounds. And "Infinity", the one piece of drum 'n' bass on the album, is a right dirty roller. I love me drum 'n' bass, but i'd much rather hear this type of electronic limit-pushing than Rupert's trademark deep darkness. And he's still knocking out the d&b as Special Forces, so give the man a break.

Don't know why Photek leaves his DnB stuff. there are 2 tracks that sound like Richard H.Kirk at a strong industrial level, and a lot of house tracks with a soul feeling (singer Owens is overdoing his thing), and finally ends up in slowly beating triphop. old Photek-fans might be disapointed, but when you look without the predecessors on it, there's a good album that follows a virtual line from noise to calmness, from raw energy to powerless unconsciousness, and this seems interesting to me.

Like everyone keeps saying - this album is nothing compared to 'Modus Operandi' or 'Form & Function'. The house tracks on this are totally new territory for Photek and he really isnt good at it, before i really got into drum n bass i used to listen to a bit of house, but even then i would have though his house tracks were shit!! After saying that, some of these tracks shouldnt sound to different to diehard Photek fans - if u listen to some of his remixes then alot of the downtempo tracks will be familiar.

lets go baby
Absolutely terrible record from Rupert Parkes, one of drum 'n bass' most talented figures. I have no problem with folks trying to expand their horizon - far from it, but Parkes just sucks at making housy tunes. Ok, I lied a bit there, I DO have a problem with it at times, though only when it happens intentionally abrupt, but when the quality is there, I can put myself over it. That much i know. Alas, the quality is NOT here. Uurgh, to make matters even worse, he entitled the record 'Solaris' after Andrei Tarkovsky's brilliant cult space-epos 'Solyaris' (or just 'Solaris'). I saw the record sleeve and my mouth ran full with drool instantly. (beautiful sleeve by the way) This was gonna blow 'Modus Operandi' to the other side of the galaxy. No doubt at that. Alas, no such luck... as in the film, Parkes seems to get more and more dilusional, believing now that he's good at producing chicago acid house. ... well, you get the picture by now: just get 'Modus Operandi' and 'Form and Function' instead (however limited in scope those records may be (never leaving the 'dark' side of d&b), what's there is good, real good). And now we wait until he shows his skills again. This record did give him the chance to go beyond the 'dark side' and perhaps that in itself was a good thing. No point in making alienated sounding d&b by the truckload after you've just released some of the genre's highlights anyway. He's got a ton of ambition and talent and something good is bound to come out. Either that or i should be dilusional myself.

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