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Sonar by Night, from Chic to Richie Hawtin passing thru Todd Terje

This year, the festival welcomes several artists with a faultless career and an acknowledged hosts ability to bring any dance floor to the boil. Of course, house and its many mutations will be lighting up the four Sónar by Night stages in their own right with some of their most important representatives. The Martinez Brothers have become the most consolidated performers in New York house, and are continuing a tradition in which that American city has always been one of the main epicenters. Meanwhile, from Norway, Todd Terje has already achieved massive success with his excellent cosmic disco gems, like the ones on the recent It’s Album Time. Disco and house are two of the self-confessed passions of the great James Murphy, a specialist in uncovering the genre’s hidden gems in bewitching sessions pure distinction.

Class and elegance are words that are also a perfect fit for the legendary Leeds label 2020 Vision, which celebrates its 20th anniversary with a showcase at SonarLab on Saturday night, featuring performances by Debukas, Paul Woolford with a house set and its founder, Ralph Lawson, one of the finest British djs of all time. The house and dance delegation from the United Kingdom also has three other distinguished representatives: on one hand, Daphni who is Dan Snaith of Caribou and James Holden, who will form an unprecedented and highly stimulating duo on the decks; and on the other, Monki, a dj and star presenter at BBC Radio 1, whose very sensitive ear identifies the best in bass music, new forms of techno and contemporary house.

A special mention is warranted for two of the biggest names at Sónar 2014, who also have dance in their sights: Richie Hawtin, probably the world’s most acclaimed dj, who is always one step ahead of the pack with his high-voltage technological sets; and of course, Chic, The legendary band led by Nile Rodgers, whose contribution to funk and the disco tradition is essential for understanding and enjoying the music of many of the artists mentioned above.

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