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Welcome to our house: a house music tour through Sónar by Night

21.05.2015

Since its origins in Chicago and New York, the classic and quintessential dance music genre has passed through many phases, where its influence has been a determining factor in shaping the international scene. Following the domination of minimal techno in Germany and dubstep in the United Kingdom, in recent years house has made a full comeback showing the strength that has always defined its core. House's contagious hedonistic spirit continues to influence music lovers around the world, from London to South Africa, from Barcelona to New York, from Buenos Aires to Berlin.

Sónar, who's very DNA is marked by House music, will capture this powerful genre resurgence, presenting several of its best artists across the two nights of the festival.


Friday

The tour begins on Friday in the hands of three Spanish DJs: veteran Galician selector Viktor Flores, a Chicago house expert who will open the SonarPub stage, and Barcelona duo Render b2b Veski, members of the MK Ultra collective, who will make SonarLab their own with an audiovisual set. Shortly after midnight, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will take control of the SonarPub booth with their cherokee feathers and pumping house, while at SonarCar the spotlight will fall on the hands of the Paranoid London, duo, dedicated followers of the genre's underground and acid tradition.

The UK sound will once again be magnificently represented by two of its young masters: Jamie xx, who will present his long-awaited first album "In Colour" at SonarPub, and Maya Jane Coles, a Sónar regular in recent years, selecting the finest house gems at SonarLab. Later in the night two names stand out for their hedonistic spirit and innate rhythmic feel: London duo The 2 Bears, who will thoroughly explore the disco-house realm which also forms part of the Hot Chip sound (Joe Godard is in both groups); and versatile Italian selector and deep house lover in all its guises Dj Tennis, also founder of the excellent label Life & Death.

Two DJs with a wealth of musical experience behind them will close the night's proceedings: Ralph Lawson, consummate master of the genre since his early days at the legendary Leeds club Back To Basics, and also the man behind the benchmark UK house label 2020Vision; and Seth Troxler, one of the most popular and foremost figures in today's electronica dance scene, a connoisseur of the genre who regularly features house in his vibrant sessions.


Saturday

The second day of Sónar by Night will open with a set by Baldo at SonarLab, and the new live show by Pional, one of the most prominent representatives of the Spanish scene's house-pop sound, who will perform songs from his long awaited debut album.

Over at SonarPub, house will play a key role in the sonic palette of Annie Mac, a dj who is able to forecast future musical movements via her exquisite taste and her iconic BBC Radio1 program. As her set finishes we return to the SonarLab stage to see Black Coffee, one of South Africa's most important dance music artists, who specialises in combining African rhythms with elegant deep house.

To close the festival, the bar will be raised to the very top with two key dance floor figures: Jamie Jones, house music royalty who will play one of his highly technical melodic sets; and the illustrious Laurent Garnier, a dj's dj who always includes classic house tracks and hidden gems in his sessions, and will offer the best possible end to the party by closing Sónar 2015.

Maya Jane Cole
  • Maya Jane Cole

    Maya Jane Cole

  • Jamie Jones

    Jamie Jones

  • Seth Troxler

    Seth Troxler

  • Laurent Garnier

    Laurent Garnier

  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

  • DJ Tennis

    DJ Tennis

  • Jamie xx

    Jamie xx

  • Ralph Lawson

    Ralph Lawson

  • Annie Mac

    Annie Mac

  • Black Coffee

    Black Coffee

  • Pional

    Pional

  • The 2 Bears

    The 2 Bears

  • Viktor Flores

    Viktor Flores

  • Baldo

    Baldo

  • Render b2b Veski

    Render b2b Veski

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