Don’t miss these 5 underrated talents at Sonus
Don't miss these 5 underrated talents at Sonus
Sonus’ fifth birthday celebration commences on August 20 — less than a week away. The Time Warp-organized gathering looks to have many years ahead due to its impeccable curation and picturesque location on the Croatian island of Pag. All the stops have been pulled out for the lineup this year, including a surprise debut by Carl Cox and the return of other artists such as Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, and Adam Beyer.
While some of the underground’s most prolific names grab one’s attention, Sonus has also booked quite an array of avant-garde talent whose names might not normally make headlines. We’ve picked a small selection of five artists that fit this bill who are guaranteed to bring a whole new dimension to Sonus as its milestone edition unfolds.
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Those familiar with Sven Väth’s Cocoon brand have most likely heard of Dorian Paic. The Frankfurt veteran is a regular at their parties, and has been a prime fixture in Germany’s underground scene since the 90s. Paic is expert at controlling his crowds, throwing together engaging house and techno sets that fit perfectly to whatever setting he plays in. He’ll be joining Väth once more at Sonus this year when the two colleagues take over the Movement-hosted stage on day five. This will be Paic’s 4th appearance at the festival.
Julia Govor’s story is nothing short of intriguing. Having started out as a singer for a Russian military band, Govor’s insatiable appetite for club-ready music led her to New York. Shortly thereafter, she was taken under Jeff Mills’ wing — the rest is history. In addition to being a beloved figure of the contemporary New York and Russian underground, Govor is also an accomplished producer. Her records have been signed to the likes of Get Physical and Second State, among others, further speaking to her grasp over the grittier side of electronica.
SHDW & Obscure Shape
When Stuttgart natives SHDW and Obscure Shape unite, they become an unstoppable force. The two have run their From Another Mind parties since 2014, and have rapidly been building acclaim for their commanding techno sets and hypnotic productions. More recently, they’ve manifested their own label of the same name, with their third release attracting remixes from Tale Of Us & Mind Against, Shomo, Rødhåd, and more. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have in store during their daytime in slot at Sonus come August 24.
Japan native Hito is known for her exquisite taste in sake and also for knowing her way around a set of vinyl decks. Cutting her teeth in the Berlin techno scene since 1999, Hito now has been working closely with Richie Hawtin as a beloved member of the ENTER. family since 2012. Her vinyl-only sets often include plenty of minimal, yet impactful cuts which keep her crowds fixated on her every move — a methodology she will most definitely be bringing along with her to Sonus this year.
The ever-enigmatic Vril is just beginning to etch out his niche within the technosphere, and based on his accomplishments thus far, looks to be having a fruitful tenure ahead. He specializes in brooding, pounding techno that never fails at turning listeners’ brains into puddles while listening — his brilliance in this arena has since led to him working alongside plenty of prolific brands including Dystopian, and being invited to play Berghain a good many times. Fans will be in for a treat as they get to see him bring his live setup beachside.