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7 tracks that ruled Sonus Festival

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7 tracks that ruled Sonus

Time Warp’s Croatian brainchild, Sonus, touched down on the picturesque island of Pag from August 20-24. Its lineup displayed an otherworldly roster of underground talent, from up-and-comers like Julia Govor and SHDW & Obscure Shape, to the scene’s most respected veterans like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, and Sven Väth.

Stakes were immensely high for each performer due to the sheer amount of talent surrounding them, yet each of the event’s 70+ artists managed to bring their A-game to the table. Revelers were granted a wide array of sets to fit their fancy as a result, happily soaking up minimal, melodic, driving, and techy sounds amidst the festival’s gorgeous backdrop.

 

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Despite the immense variety among everyone’s performance, there were still a number of tracks whose impact on the dance world showed through their appearances in multiple sets. Listen on to seven such pieces we’ve assembled, which cover everything from classic track re-works, to thumping techno, and reminisce on the magic of hearing them live on the Croatian beachfront.

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Age Of Love - Age Of Love (Solomun Remix)

Solomun made waves over the summer with his rendition of Age Of Love’s iconic self-titled trance track. The Diynamic owner’s fresh take on such a memorable piece made it an instant favorite for use. “Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Mix) could be heard all around Sonus throughout its five-day duration.

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Marco V - Simulated (Bas Amro Remix)

Marco V’s “Simulated” was another trance classic to receive a modern remake this year, this time by Bas Amro. The remix completely dominated the festival, making its rounds in sets from Mano Le Tough, to SHDW & Obscure Shape.

 

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SHDW & Obscure Shape - Gesang Der Toten Dinge (Konstantin Sibold Remix)

 

SHDW & Obscure’s debut EP on their From Another Mind label came with an array of powerful remixes, one of which was by Konstantin Sibold to “Gesang Der Toten Dinge.” The record slaughtered Sonus dance-floors, hooking audiences with its tense central melody and thundering kicks.

 

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ANNA - Haze Moon

All of ANNA’s Haze Moon EP could be heard throughout festival throughout its five days, but the eponymous opening track in particular cast a spell over the crowds it touched. For instance, Monika Kruse playing it at sunset set a perfect mood for what was to come later on. Kruse can be seen putting it on in the cell phone clip below (which contains an unfortunate spelling error), at the 6 minute mark.

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Marco Faraone - Desert Crash

Marco Faraone contributed a high-charged offering to the sixth edition of Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation by the name of “Desert Crash.” Reminiscent of James Ruskins’ classic mix of “Corebox” by Marcel Dettman, the piece was picked up by multiple acts at Sonus. Chris Liebing’s live stream opens with it below, with the German veteran playing it in both his slots at the festival.

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Egbert & Secret Cinema - Maximaal

Another A-Sides record that was well-loved by Sonus artists was Egbert & Secret Cinema’s acidic collaboration, “Maximaal.” Sven Väth put on by far the most entertaining show while using it in his set, featured below at the 6:40 mark, prancing around the booth as audience members broke down in dance.

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Stephen Brown - Deep In (Len Faki Hardspace Mix)

Lastly, Sonus would have been incomplete without plenty of plays of Len Faki’s “Hardspace Mix” of Stephen Brown’s “Deep In.” The punchy, yet grooving track with its ear-grabbing vocals and tough hits of percussion was a perfect addition to both day and nighttime sets.

 

 

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