SonarMix 012: Selectya Glossy - A moodboard of south-to-south connections 


“It’s a kind of moodboard,” says Selectya Glossy of SonarMix 012. For the first episode of a new season of the series, the Barcelona-based artist assembled her favourite moments from recent sets, and then set about recreating them: a sort of megamix, or a DJ highlight reel. 

The result is what her appearance at Sónar by Day 2023 might resemble, “A journey that connects the most danceable rhythms of the global south like reggaeton, dancehall, amapiano, gqom, and kuduro with more experimental sounds from electronic music.”

The south-to-south connections of the opening 5 minutes alone set the tone. A Blade Runner sample hovers briefly over Peruvian artist QOQEQA’s shimmering Andean pyschedelia, which gets spliced with gruff dancehall from Munga Honorable, before DJ Adi & DJ Picante’s ‘Cavalo Maluco’ gets mashed into airy reggaeton by Plan B feat. Yailemm & Clandestino. It’s physical dance music that makes no distinction between mind and body, from scenes and genres that remain on the margins of most European dancefloors. “Inhabiting the periphery is something that I identify with because that's where I come from” she adds, “Recognising the beauty that grows in the margins is something I’ve learnt over time.” 

For Selectya Glossy, Sónar is often where she’s found that beauty. When she takes to the stage at SonarVillage by Estrella Damm on Friday 16th June, she’ll be thinking of watching amapiano superstar Kamo Mphela there last year. “She included in her live show a track by Griffit Vigo, ‘Ree’s Vive’, which is probably my favourite gqom track by one of my favourite producers, it was a really cathartic moment for me. In the mix you'll find an unreleased track of his,” she lets slip. It’s one of a few unreleased exclusives dotted throughout, alongside an even darker slice of gqom from Menzi, and a bouncing amapiano riddim from Citykingrsa ft Drummertee924.

Aside from her own set at Sónar 2023, she recommends Manuka Honey and Nick León, two DJs who explore latinx club styles, as well as Merca Bae’s ‘2048’ live show. Beyond that, it’s about discovery. “Sónar is where you go to enjoy what you know but also to experience other sounds that you are not used to.” As her SonarMix shows, that spirit is an essential part of her artistry.

Munga Honorable - Supm Afi Gwaan
DJ Adi & DJ Picante - Cavalo Maluco
Plan B - ¿Dónde los consigo? (feat. Yailemm & Clandestino)
Citykingrsa Ft Drummertee924 - Unreleased
Hector El Father - Tú Quieres Duro
Mapara A Jazz & Makhadzi - Too Much (Feat. Rude Kid Venda)
DJ Nickie Cartel, Maestro & Limuel - Asa
ZVRI - Medusa (Feat. Sona & Griffit Vigo)
Blak Ryno - She Like That
Debit - Encounters
Noriega - Si Te Vas (Feat. Kartiel)
Mbulelo - Play The Beat
Griffit Vigo - Unreleased
Heavy-K - As’buyeli (Feat. Drumetic Boyz & Malumnator)
Jaijiu - Besos En El Toto (Feat. DJ Tao)
Siete Catorce - Cheve
Burning Kry - Shell (Feat. Latonya Style)
Arurmukha - Beirut Bei Tag
Wisin & Yandel - Besos Mojados
Limbololo Soundsystem - Kokolimbo
Nadsat & Fatal Walima - Interscope
Wisin & Yandel & Hector El Father - La Barría
Menzi - Unreleased
Kapella Don - Top Shotta
NKC - Ghost Mode
Zion & Lennox - Pierdo La Cabeza
Scratcha DVA - Ang Laga De (Scratcha DVA DJ Tool)
F38 - Nada Se Pá - Dj Firmeza
Pvssy & Entrañas - Calor (Puzzy Stack Remix)
Scratcha DVA - Ammo (Feat. Citizen Boy)
Rkm & Ken-Y - Quiero Conocerte
Nuno Beats - IH
DJ Cora - Yeye Beat (Feat. Odunlade)
DJ Xandy Oliveira - Sr. Carlos
Lao & DJ Fucci - Guacamaya
Tommy Lee Sparta - Mek You Say
Verraco - Ronaldinho Hace La Elástica
T5UMUT5UMU - Desert
Vybz Kartel - Watch Over Us [Explicit]
Glass - Skin Transfer (Live Version)
Raeazy - 6.5 Natti Natasha x Farina x Cazzu x La Duraca
Pondus - Fragmento Cuatro