Tomorrow morning Best Fit will decamp to Barcelona for this year’s Sonar.
The annual ‘Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art’ has long been renowned for its adventurous programming. Now in its 19th year, Sonar remains the go-to destination for exploratory electronic music of the present and the past.
Daunted by Sonar’s impressive lineup? We’ve put together a recommended itinerary to help you plan your weekend.
Thursday By DayFlying Lotus
Continuing the Coltrane legacy, the Brainfeeder head is well on his way to becoming an elder statesman of experimental hip-hop. Amongst the festival’s biggest draws.
Daedelus with Archimedes
This weekend the remarkably dapper Monome enthusiast appears alongside Archimedes – a Heath Robinson-esque lighting construction full of swinging mirrors.DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad
Chicago duo lead the charge as the rest of the world catches up with the Windy City’s ankle-fatiguing juke scene.Lapalux
Brainfeeder-signed Londoner brings a set chock full of bulbous bootlegs, along with his own lolloping productions.Om Unit
The Red Bull Music Academy graduate and British Tinnitus Association ambassador returns with his genre-hopping melodicism.
Friday By DayPeaking Lights
Perhaps the coolest parents on the planet, husband and wife duo Peaking Lights make smoky explorations of the outer limits of dub.John Talabot
Supporting one of the surprise hits of the year, Talabot’s sunbleached deep house will sit particularly well in Barcelona’s 26 degree heat.Daniel Miller
He started Mute. He was practically a member of Depeche Mode. One of relatively few genuine legends of electronic music.Raisa K
In her solo work and as one third of Micachu & The Shapes, the keyboardist and remixer takes gloriously distorted pops at pop. Catch the artist (another RBMA graduate) playing her solo set this weekend.
Friday By NightRichie Hawtin
Tech pioneer and minimal don, the multi-monikered British-Canadian producer is another of the festival’s main attractions.Amon Tobin
With his extraordinary ISAM project, which sees Tobin suspended in a series of boxes onto which are projected constantly shifting images, the producer looks set to bring the most visually arresting set of the weekend.James Murphy
He’s James Murphy. He’s the most charming man in music. He’s also a very good DJ.Squarepusher
The Warp-signed English producer has recently released an album of new material – which he will be performing on Friday, alongside specially designed LED-based visual accompaniment.