From the first kick of SonarMix 026, it’s clear that AINES didn’t come to Sónar 2023 to play just any set. The Catalan selector was the first DJ to take to the stage at SonarVillage by Estrella Damm on the afternoon of Saturday 17th June, two days and one night into the festival.
For her debut at the festival, she drew from “ the various emotions I’ve felt over the past year, cycling through as many genres as moods,” as she tells us a month and half on. Said cocktail of emotions made for an “intense hour of music” which took the audience at Sónar’s 30th anniversary “from dark and rebellious breakbeat to empowered hip-hop, moving through groove-filled melodies and rhythms before ending with uplifting jungle.”
And so SonarMix 026 starts with Porter Brook’s “Fwd” and ends a jungle remix of Roy Ayers’ classic “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, courtesy of Kotu. Along the way, AINES takes diversions through Pelada’s feminist discourse, a pop-tinged track from Pangaea, a typically percussive joint from Ahadadream (who’d follow her later that day on the same stage), metallic-voiced latinx club from Nicola Cruz, and a warm groover from Roza Terenzi (who’d closed the previous night back-to-back with ISAbella). And of course, she includes a few as-yet unreleased homemade weapons: a remix of Adelaida’s “El Crit” de Adelaida (an unexpected, yet welcome, dose of Catalan lyricism) and “cute nenas love groovin’”, co-produced with Spanish DJ and producer ALVVA.
In short, an hour of music that kicked off Saturday at Sónar by Day with a bang, now available as part of our SonarMix series for everyone to hear.
Porter Brook - Fwd
Tom Blip - Kickdrums!!!
K-LONE - Zissou
Ben Hauke - Dep First Draft
Pelada - A Mí Me Juzgan Por Ser Mujer
Regal86 - Bumper
Adelaida - El Crit (AINES Remix) (unreleased)
Hodge - Sub 100
Leikeli47 - Bad Gyal Flex
ALVVA, AINES - cute nenas love groovin’ (unreleased)
Greedy G - Expression
Pangaea - Installabon
Chico Blanco - Cadillac (Yenk + CB Re-Edit)
The Prodigy - Weather Experience (Top Buzz Remix)
Ahadadream - Melty
Tarquin, TSVI, Luru, Jammz - Come To The Dance
Nicola Cruz - Se Pone Caliente
Roza Terenzi - Stylish Tantrum
MCR-T & Miss Bashful - Sad Slut (Sped Up)
Tim Reaper - Bulletproof
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Kotu Remix)