A week after Primavera Sound revealed the line-up for its 2015 edition (read it here), it is now the turn of Sónar’s disclosure of this year’s edition. A good assortment of interesting and effective proposals with dance music as the common denominator represented by some of world’s leading electronic music artists, including The Chemical Brothers, Autechre, Laurent Garnier, Henrik Schwarz, Flying Lotus, as well as more mainstream bands such asArca, Vessel, SpecialRequest and local artists Niño, Headbirds and Mans O.
The new additions includes names like The Chemical Brothers, Autechre, Laurent Garnier, Flying Lotus, Arca, Skrillex, Jamie xx, Die Antewood or Henrik Schwarz among many others
One more time, we are left wanting for more from one of the two festival with people like Prince, Jamiroquai, Giorgio Moroder or Daft Punk, to name a few, but the truth is that it’s not about being too fussy about it. Both Primavera Sound and Sónar are in possession of the winning formula that will make us buy the tickets and enjoy the festivals as if it were the first time.
While waiting for some more names, we have made our own list with what we think are the most outstanding artists this year.
Jamie xx. The young boy from The xx is becoming older and is no longer just one more name in the bill. With two magnificent Eps on Young Turks, he has performed around the world. His mix of uk garage and the poppiest side of house have turned them into today’s most talked-about Djs.
Kindness. His previous album World, you need a change of mind was one of the best pop albums in recent years. He’s just released Otherness and we are looking forward to listening to it live.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Following a poorly productive 2014 (just one Ep), we have a lot of expectations about British Orlando Tobias’ house indie and tropical show.
Siriusmodeselektor. Electro bass, techno, euro crunk, acid rap and electronic psychedelai is what you will see at Siriusmo’s and Modeselektor’s joint show.
Roisin Murphy. What we saw at Armani’s party left us wanting more, so we will try it again. We are looking forward to her staging and spectable.
Arca. This young Venezuelan has produced artists such as Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke and FKA Twigs, among others, is set to revolutionize the world’s bass producers’ scene.
Vessel. Following the release on the prestigious label Tri Angle Records, he has become one of the most exciting artists of crude and industrial techno. We’ll see how his proposal fits in Sónar.
Flying Lotus. It is always exciting to see how the youngest in the nest take to flying. We’ve been following him since1986 and we love seeing him among the festival’s big names. We believe in him and in his discourse from his debut album to the highly acclaimed Until The Quiet Comes.
Die Antwood. This is the third visit to the festival of South African Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. They broke into the electronic music scene in 2010 with a sound and a universo hard to classify. Superlative irreverence.
The Chemical Brothers. A must see for fans of electronic music and good visual effects because this legendary British duo take care of every little detail.
Niño. Ignacio Valbuena is Niño, an excellent local beatmaker who has been creating synth funk and electronic hip hop tracks for years. It was high time a big festival recognized his talent!
Headbirds. Now at the forefront of the national electronic scene following a release on El Segell del Primavera, Headbirds will present his upcoming tracks to be released this year. High expectations to see how his music has evolved.
Hot Chip. No one knows better than Joe Goddard how to throw a party. Hot Chip’s live shows are always a turning point and we won’t miss it. Fun is guaranteed!
Mans O. Disboot’s golden child will present Macaya Ep live, as well as some of his upcoming tracks. Learn more about him in this interview.
The 2 Bears. Few people know that the two bears in question are Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell (1965 Records). Once revealed—though still hidden behind their beards—this is one of the festival’s musts. We saw them at #lode2manydjs in Razzmatazz. Easy and danceable house with disco touches.
Daniel Avery. Being responsible for an album such as Drone Logic is enough to have them with our favourite Sonar shows this year. Elegant, acid and subtle music yet very energetic.
Special Request. Paul Woolford’s most famous alias is Special Request, a name under which he releases house and techno tracks infected by the most acid and broken rave. His album Soul Music was one of the nicest surprises in the techno scene in 2013.