Jeff Mills, Erol Alkan presents Disco 3000, Moderat (Modeselektor & Apparat (live)), Roland Olbeter + Tim Exile + Jon Hopkins, Mary Anne Hobbs, Pinch, Ikonika, Bullion, Paul White, Internet2, Angel Molina
A Taste of Sónar
Jeff Mills "The Trip" (Axis/US)
A great lover of science fiction and experimental film from days gone by, as well as (of course) a techno pioneer and international star, for this “A Taste of Sónar” event Jeff Mills presents a special (and spatial!) show, featuring live mixing of a vast amount of scenes from science fiction films from the twenties to the seventies, with the same philosophy and approach he applies to his work at the mixing desk. It is an exciting journey across parallel galaxies and expanding universes. This show has only been performed previously in Paris, as part of the end of the French presidency of the European Union.
Erol Alkan presents Disco 3000 (UK)
On his Disco 3000 podcast, Erol Alkan sets his sights on the disco music of yesterday, today and forever, brings it up to date and lets it shine anew under the mirror ball. The merit lies not only in the selection, but also in Erol’s tweaks to the tunes, which take disco to his own dimension and the concept of the mix a step further. It’s a wholesome and very intelligent piece of archaeology, which will captivate the more demanding ear in this exclusive live version.
Moderat answers to the simple equation of Modeselektor plus Apparat plus Pfadfinderei. In their LP debut for Bpitchcontrol, Sebastian Szary, Gernot Bronsert and Sascha Ring bring together the best from the private domain of each, in order to make their analogue equipment shine and create a new time bomb armed with electro, IDM, electronica, a serious commitment to having fun and astonishing visuals by Pfadfinderei.
Roland Olbeter + Tim Exile + Jon Hopkins
Roland Olbeter is a German stage designer and multidisciplinary artist based in Barcelona since 1986. He is the creator of Soundclusters, an unprecedented and unusual orchestra consisting of 5 robot instruments (two violins, a viola, a cello and percussion) which follow orders from a midi controller. Exile and Hopkins, highly regarded musicians and adventurous spirits, join Olbeter in writing the music that will be performed by the unusual mechanical band, in a unique and unrepeatable experience of live co-operation between man and machine(s).
Mary Anne Hobbs presents
Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1/UK)
Each week, on her acclaimed "Experimental Shows" on Radio 1, Hobbs unearths new club electronica talent – from the latest in international techno to the new breed of hip-hop, and anything else that sounds fresh and innovative. The contents of her case reflect this daredevil attitude, which is always apparent when the "godmother of dubstep" hits the decks.
Rob Ellis is one of the busiest men in the British dubstep galaxy. He's also one of the most widely respected. From his home in Bristol, this lover of dub heads the prestigious Tectonic label and produces deep dubstep tracks on an unmistakable Jamaican tip, like the double pack tracks (one instrumental version, the other vocal) on his "Underwater Dancehall" debut LP. And he still has time for DJ sessions wherever the mood takes him and to release maxis on labels like Planet Mu and Soul Jazz.
Ikonika has quickly gained the attention of the press and public with just a few references to call on. But what references: two tremendous maxis for Hyperdub, a track on the "Steppa's Delight" compilation for Soul Jazz records and a remix of Dj Mujuva's hit "Township Funk" for Warp. Pay close attention to what this new star of the wonky-dubstep scene has to offer in the future.
The powerful beats that are the backbone of his debut single, the acclaimed "Get Familiar", have placed him in the eye of the media storm in record time. Eclectic but always effective, his live shows, sets and remixes are always crammed with syncopated melodies, beats with a capital B and rhythms that you just can't ignore.
Paul White (One-Handed/UK)
New blood for beats in the British school. London's Paul White, who used to compose symphonies for the BBC and Channel 4, is part of the (as yet) limited but (already) exciting One-Handed Catalogue (which is also home to Bullion). He has released two maxis which mix up abstract hip-hop, dubstep, psychedelia and vocal samples taken from who knows where, and which have already received plaudits from luminaries including Gilles Peterson, Benji B and of course, Mary Anne Hobbs.
A sworn enemy of convention, the man hiding behind the Internet 2 moniker mixes comedy, drama and classical music filtered electronically with a corrosive sense of humour and an absolutely hilarious spirit. He is something like an unlikely combination of Wendy Carlos and Momus on acid. This is all seasoned with a stage show that oozes irony and leaves nobody unmoved. One in a million.
Angel Molina (Sónar Music/ES)
Angel Molina needs no introduction - his name and artistic career (as a DJ and as a producer) speak for themselves. A respected figure in Spain and internationally, an absolute treat in any booth, he is preparing a special set for this event with the most highly-prized rarities and records from his collection. A purist and eclectic, with a massive knowledge of music.