Sonar Festival Copenhagen, Jon Hopkins

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Sónar festival makes successful Danish debut

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here.

Copenhagen was treated to a taste of Barcelona this weekend as the first installment of the renowned Sónar brand came to town.

Located at the pristine concert hall at DR Byen, Sónar’s debut on Danish soil gathered over 30 acts within the electronic music spectrum for two days of innovative festivity.

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Comparisons with the larger, more-established Sónar festival in Barcelona are premature but it is clear that the potential to stage marquee electronic music events in Copenhagen is substantial.

The Local was on hand to capture some of the best moments of the marquee event.

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Sónar festival ready for Copenhagen debut

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here.

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Barcelona’s renowned Sónar festival has thrilled millions over the years since its inception in 1994. Billed as an international festival of advanced music and new media art, the brand has grown to become synonymous with Spain’s second city, showcasing acts as diverse as experimentalist Four Tet to more well-known musicians such as electronic deity Richie Hawtin.
Sónar veers towards the avant-garde and the experimental, as the varied palette of international musicians it hosts reflects. The Sónar brand has also held events in cities such as London, New York and Buenos Aires, exporting its philosophies to various unique venues in these locations.
The latest installment on a growing portfolio of international Sónar venues is none other than Sónar Copenhagen, which will take place at DR’s hallowed concert house this weekend. A two-day ticket pass will set you back a cool 850kroner whilst one day tickets go for 475 DKK.
The Local will be on hand to cover the first installment of the event, which features over 30 different artists on three state-of-the art scenes. Here are our picks for who to see:
Trentemøller: This is a no brainer as Andreas Trentemøller is probably the best Danish DJ alive. As a live act, he has played in venues as diverse as Roskilde Festival’s expansive and revered Orange Stage to small house parties in his Vesterbro neighbourhood.
Djuna Barnes: The founder of Vesterbro’s epic Jolene bar and a woman with so much passion for music and life, Maria Gerhardt is also a writer and activist. Her music is heavily autobiographical and anchored in a plethora of influences.
Jon Hopkins: Jon Hopkins rocketed to popularity with his 2013 album Immunity, one of the seminal works of this generation of electronic music. Hopkins’ sound veers towards the more progressive echelons of the spectrum; a luring lull of centrifugal genius at the outer confines of space.
Metronomy: Now somewhat an erstwhile fixture in electronic circles, Britain’s Metronomy are at the crossroads of good indie and quirky electronica that’s heavy on the instrumentation (they are a class live act).
Âme: Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann are a pair of the more seasoned acts on the billing this weekend. Together, they constitute some of the old guard of electronic music and are known for having re-interpreted countless pieces of music from house and techno over the years.
Kvame Liv: An upcoming musician in the Lana Del Rey meets Santigold mould, Kwame Liv’s EP Lost The Girl is a passport to what is undoubtedly a destiny riddled with fortune for this aspiring talent.
Sekuoia: Another upcoming local talent, Patrick Alexander Bech Madsen’s music is a blend of the ethereal and the evanescent; dream-weaving in technicolour that’ll leave you spellbound with its smatterings of ambient, dubstep and other textured influences.

The year in review: Best acts of 2013, International

 

  1. London Grammar, If you Wait

The vocals of Hannah Reid are possibly the best of any British artist out there. Cast on a backdrop of minimalist, sparsely spread pop that triggers vague memories of bands like the X.X, make no mistake, London Grammar are the next big band . ‘Wasting my young years’ is the cream of the crop, easily the best song i’ve heard this year

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(leedsstudent.org)

 

  1. Disclosure , Settle

Myspace starlights, Disclosure are two brothers from Surrey who’ve gone all the way to the top and beyond with their debut album. Theirs is a pop-esque, synth-rich universe that evokes dense euphoric landscapes that’ll be the soundtrack of some of the best times of your life if you let them. Epic showings at Roskilde and Vega this year are a testament to this.

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(thelineofbestfit.com)

  1. Cut Copy, Free your mind

Australian band Cut Copy are the cool kids of disco these days, fusing a wonderfully vintage disco inclination with nomadic vocals and a lingering synth-kick that runs riot in ones mind. Their previous albums were equally overwhelming, albeit less libertine than ‘Free your mind,’ whose title speaks for itself.

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(glidemagazine.com)

  1. Agnes Obel, Aventine

Denmark is the land of Kim Larsen, Aqua and Agnes Obel. Of the aforementioned, Obel is by far the most skilled singer and the most emblematic of the three. Dark, minimalist and meandering, ‘Aventine’ features the characteristic compelling piano arrangements alongside petal soft vocals that have come to define Obel’s sound.

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(telegraph.co.uk)

 

  1. Janelle Monae, The electric lady

Janelle Monae is sheer class and her second album is everything her last one was not. Spontaneous, elegant and diverse, Monae’s sound follows a typical r & b vocal trajectory spread over a varied, gentle backdrop of beats that give her the space to sing loud and clear. Collaborations with Prince and Erykah Badu strengthen the mould of a solid album.

 

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(npr.org)

 

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