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Electronic music

Kate Tempest at Sónar Festival 2016

2013 recipient of the prestigious Award, granted each year to a new work in the realm of English poetry, KATE TEMPEST began using her prodigious talent for word play by taking the record market by storm with her first disk on Big Dada, the baby brother of hip-hop label, Ninja Tune. The album’s production was entrusted to the expert hands of Dan Carey - a collaborator of, amongst others, M.A.I and Kylie Minogue - and also one of the four members of the band that backs TEMPEST during her live performances. Born in South-East London in 1985, TEMPEST began as an amateur MC and Slam performer on the circuit she now knows like the back of her hand. She then...

Kiasmos at Sónar Festival 2016

Kiasmos is a duo consisting of Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. One is famous for his blend of piano and electronic, the other for being part of the electro-pop band, Bloodgroup. They pool their talents in Kiasmos to explore minimalism and the experimental. Kiasmos is the meeting of Icelander, Olafur Arnalds, known for his piano compositions mixed with electronic and Feroien Janus Rasmussen, a member of the electro-pop band, Bloodgroup. Founded in 2014, their collaboration was sealed with the release of a first, eponymous album in the same year. Kiasmos puts a premium on minimalism and experimental compositions with the objective of exploring electronic...

Howling at Sónar Festival 2016

Behind the code name, “Howling”, is the duo consisting of Ry X and Frank Wiedermann. The feature of most of their compositions is the voice of Ry X, an expressive and charismatic singer whose considerably radical style reflects the name of the group. At his side, Wiedermann develops delicate rhythms and simple melodic structures. The result: an enveloping and majestic sound that reminds one of artists such as Kiasmos, Tourist, Bob Moses or Junior Boys. The duo has recently made it to the prestigious and influential Resident Advisor list of the best live performances of 2015. Their concert at the Sónar Hall will be presented with a spectacular lighting...

Nicola Cruz at Sónar Festival 2016

The work of Nicola Cruz follows a clear line, deriving its inspiration from his native land: the Andes Cordillera (Crus lives and works in Quito). He takes nourishment from the landscapes, the folklore and characteristic sounds of the Cordillera and the Amazon Forest, which he has skillfully incorporated into seductive electronic sounds in his first album Prendar el Alma, presented on stage at the Sónar Hall. Crus began his career as a percussionist before quickly succumbing to a passion for electronic music. His music is an original mix of traditions and technologies, which inspire both the exploration of wide open spaces and intimate, personal...

Roots Manuva at Sónar Festival 2016

Universally admired and considered to be one of the foremost hip-hop rappers of our day, Roots Manuva has just created his sixth studio album Bleeds. The singer from Stockwell in South London worked on his new opus with the young English producer, Fred, as well as musical giants like Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and Switch. Together they have put together an album of sharp and complete compositions, which exude a certain wisdom and obvious mastery of his own language. Manuva takes inspiration from extremely personal soul beats (with samples by Barry White), dub, jazz-funk, and occasionally techno to add spice to his hip-hop. His presence, solo, on the stage of...