Momus Had Never OK’ed A Sample Until Solarstone Contacted Him

Initially written for his own lockdown-relieving fulfillment, Solarstone‘s 10-song album island will soon be available to everyone.

Prefacing its full release, the first single When I Dream is now available. The track – a confection of Ibizan inspirations – came to Solarstone while he was mentally picturing past and future trips to the White Isle.

Solarstone – when i dream (cover art)

Closer ears will hear understated nods to Balearic classics throughout (N&K’s Beachball, Jaco’s Show Some Love and even Solarstone’s own Seven Cities among them). Its most clear and present influence, however (a sample in fact), is paradoxically the track’s least evident.

Never envisioning a release for the production (chronologically it was the first that came into being), Solarstone took stock from Virtual Reality by cult musical provocateur/arch avant-garde-ist Momus. As the track pile that ultimately became island started to mount, Richard spotted a rather large hurdle for When I Dream because in his 40-year career, Momus had yet to OK the use of a sample.   

Never losing faith, Rich outreached and made contact with Momus. After asking him to listen to When I Dream, it’s clear what transpired after the samples now appear unaltered in the song’s opening minutes.

In title & tone When I Dream (and indeed Momus’s Virtual Reality) embody the theme of the album at large: the imagined, recollected and mentally visualized island trip.

You can find the Club & Extended versions of the single here.  

island release date: September 18, 2020. Pre-order here.


Solarstone – When I Dream (Original Mix)
Solarstone – When I Dream (Extended Club Mix)

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