10 artists you have to see at sónar 2016

Next month, Barcelona becomes a meeting point for lovers of electronic music, digital creativity and technology, for the 21st edition of Sónar. If you're lost in its sprawling line-up, we have you covered. Here are the artists that can't be missed.

by Marc Muñoz
18 May 2016, 2:35pm

Born in Haití and raised in Montreal, Kaytranada stands out as one of the most acclaimed beatmakers right now. With experience in several genres: R&B, electro, hip-hop, house, tropicalism and bossa nova, its sounds is characterised by a sophisticated production of compelling soulful melodies under a cover of pronounced and catchy beats.

Behind this alias Lafawndah we find Yasmin Dubois: a globetrotter who captures the cultures which run through her veins through her music. In her mixer of influences and beats find anything from pop, r&b to dancehall and music from the Middle East. A mix which has seduced prestigious label Warp, through which she published her new EP Tan at the beginning of the year.

Danny L. Harle
Far from the gloomy prediction which saw it as an ephemeral trend, PC Music continues providing names to line-ups as influential as Sónar whilst climbing positions in the charts. This year's ambassador for A. G. Cook's sugary, playful, electronic label will be Danny L. Harle.

Like Lafawndah, Sevdaliza's music is influenced by a mixture of cultures. Born in Tehran and raised in the Netherlands, expect soft melodies supported by silky and sensual voice, taking you on a journey made of heavy bass and experimental interferences, too. If you're a fan of FKA Twigs, Sevdaliza could be for you.

Mura Masa
Despite only having a year of experience as a producer, Mura Masa has already captured the attention of the music world with a debut EP filled with slick vocal collaborations. With a style infused with R&B and hints of UK dance, as well as seductive and heavy bass, shelve next to AlunaGeorge and Disclosure.

Section Boyz
Hailing from South London, Section Boyz's fresh grime sound has earned them fans not just both sides of the Thames, but both sides of the Atlantic, too. With Drake supporting their mixtape Don't Panic and a MOBO for Best Newcomer under their belt, expect big things from the Lewisham lads. 

Lady Leshurr
Racking up millions of views on YouTube with her series of Queen's Speech freestyles, Melesha O'Garro AKA Lady Leshurr is the UK rapper who earned her high fashion stripes when the fourth in the series soundtracked an Alexander Wang show. Watch out for this Birmingham MC as she brings her unique sound to Barcelona. 

Galician Noaipre is the DJ and producer with an insatiable appetite for mixing and remixing any genre. Expect hints of footwork, carioca, hip-hop, grime and almost any other underground sound in his productions and sessions.

Red Axes
This duo from Tel Aviv craft low-beat house, with layers of deformity that add a stimulating pulse to their rhythmic base. After their start as a rock band under the name Red Cotton, the pair decided to embrace a more electronic sound with this new alias, whilst still taking advantage of their experience working with more conventional instruments. 

This Los Angeles duo comprises of Ry Cuming AKA RY X, lead singer of The Acid, and Frank Wiedemann, one half of Âme. The two musicians come together to create sleek, electronic pop that'll massage your mind.


Text Marc Muñoz
Image via sonar.com

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