A classic packaged with a rather plain title, ‘Solid Session’ is back to shimmer and sparkle on Be Yourself Music courtesy of ace marksman Joris Voorn, bringing the sound of fellow Amsterdam great Orlando Voorn, under his Format alias, bang up to date after thirty years in waiting. Its dancing synth notes dance like a neon fountain, and backing keys provide a warm shield, rising and falling with an unassuming but all-encompassing grace: this session, with passing nods to Three Drives and CRW, leaves headphones fizzing and arenas energized. The legacy of the original is held in high regard: even at its most venomous, Joris maintains a clear head for the benefit of those seeking similar enlightenment.
Orlando was one of the first Dutch techno artists who always came with big records, and ‘Solid Session’ is probably his best known when he switched to his Format alias. Remixing this was a great challenge as many have taken it on over the years, but at the same time it was a great honour. At first I gave the track an entirely new sound, before some spontaneous studio improvisation took over for the final mix, and I also couldn’t resist bringing back some of the original’s vibes for added flavour – Joris Voorn
The Netherlands dance music jewel @jorisvoorn reimagines the classic of Format ‘Solid Session’. 💎
Joris Voorn is one of the jewels in The Netherlands’ dance music crown, celebrated for taking charge of marquee compilation sets for Fabric, Balance, Cocoon, Fuse, and his utterly unique entry in the Global Underground series. His desire to keep moving, including work as Dark Science, Third Nation, and his most recent incarnation VIRSION, has set new standards year after year. Four Joris Voorn albums, heavy on prestigious collaborations and critical acclaim, interlink with his respected Green, Rejected, and Spectrum labels, nurturing an audiovisual spectacular when performing to his adoring public; and despite his been there, done that status, Voorn’s vision remains as sharp as his early 2000s ‘Muted Trax’ debut.
Joris Voorn comes up with an oh-so-solid solution to take it back to the future for those who are unfamiliar with the Orlando Voorn original or want to escape to ’91.
‘Solid Session (Joris Voorn Remix)’ is out now on Be Yourself Music; you can listen to or download it via Be Yourself.