Sonar 2017 highlights

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  1. Marie Davidson

Marie Davidson played her forthcoming album ‘Bullshit Threshold’. An emotional force live, the standout track for me was ‘Nightlife Drama’, echoing all the bullshit heard in the depths of nightlife. The album deals with relationships, gossip, hospitals and club culture, anything that can spin you into an intense isolating existentional crisis. Straightforward, blunt, honest and powerful, reflecting ourselves to ourselves by speaking over an intense cloud of electronic layers, calling out the coldness, quickness and cut throat of our times. Marie Davidson was one of the best discoveries for me!

2. Bjork DJ Set

A pre-event to the beginning of Sonar, Bjork played a four hour set inside the thick red velvety carpeted walls of Sonar hall in the Fira Montjuic by day venue. The sound was perfect, she effortlessly went from Indian tabla to Arab to Ethiopian to Rihanna to LFO to London grime to dancehall and back again. High energy and amazing taste throughout, nothing boring, resulting in a near four hour straight round of dancing and dutty wining.

3. Jlin

From Gary, Indiana, the footwork expert assaulted an audience outside at Sonar Lab with her technical finesse, flawlessly pounding out the rarest samples and screwing everyone with an album full of goodness, just watching her play was a delight, track to track to track, on point!

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4. Floorplan

Classics, good times, ecstatic, took me back to being 11, the perfect lose yourself Detroit techno spinning in Sonar Dome on Friday evening, also learnt it’s now a father daughter duo with Robert Hood and Lyric Hood, Suss!

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5. Amnesia Scanner

Queing for Sonar Complex was worth the wait, once inside a big cinematic theatre with fold down seats, I took mine centre right to witness the spectacle that was Amnesia Scanner, UFO landing visuals and flashes of red and white panned lights and hard, deconstructed abstract techno.

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6. Tommy Cash

The Estonian rapper opened up Sonar by day on Thursday at Sonar Hall with Marilyn Manson twisted perverted rap, playing standout track Surf, with visuals including a slo-mo UFC boxing match, brutal, unforgettable, disgusting and dirty, amazing!

  1. RP Boo
  2. Arca
  3. Giggs
  4. Andy Stott
  5. Yves Tumor
  6. Total Freedom
  7. Kiddy Smile

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