12/07/2024SonarMix 048: Jehia - A moody, distorted set from a special talent
Recorded live on the final day of Sónar by Day, SonarMix 048 by Jehia is a reminder of just how many ways there are to warm up a crowd. After coaxing us to the front with the snake-charmer riddim of Muslimgauze’s ‘Cairopraktar’, the young Egyptian artist - now based in Barcelona - delivered a moody set of distorted bass, blown-out beats and wild bursts of percussion.  
  “I prepared something pretty dark and heavy, considering the time I was performing,” he reflects. “I gave it a lot of thought, but at the end of the day, that's what I enjoy playing, and that's the essence of Sónar, so I embraced it.” It’s a treat for all lovers of adventurous and unconventional club music, an exploration of the margins of electronic music. Radical, borderless and liberative, it also traces the artists own musical and personal geography. There’s a joyously violent blend of the Lee Gamble remix of Egyptian producer ZULI’s anthemic ‘Trigger Finger’ with Slikback’s ‘ARMOR’; a shout-out to his friends at Jokkoo Collective with an unreleased bassbin destroyer from B4MBA; and chaotic Cairo noise by 3Phaz. But the most striking moment comes from another Egyptian artist, just over halfway through. The dancefloor was stunned into stationary silence as Rozzma’s plaintive, mournful autotuned vocals cut through the noise and distortion. It’s moments like that which make Jehia such a special DJ. His ability to pace a mix with such wild shifts in tempo and texture, and create an emotional, personal narrative using such punishing material is rare, especially for such a young artist. If you didn’t get to see him at Sónar this year, one listen to SonarMix 048 should put him firmly on your watchlist.   Tracklist:Muslimgauze - Cairopraktar
Tunnidge - Eyes Of Fear
Tazo Meipariani - I Have To Remember My DreamsTadleeh - Ruba Meta
HVAD - Attention Seeker (Final Exit)
Hyph11E - Barnacles
Osheyack - Not Me (KABLAM Remix)
3Phaz - BabababababawarHyph11E - EncrustDj Raph - Chant Of The UmuharaRozzma - Seeb NafsakMaral - joonie’s jamB4MBA - ARM4G3DON (unreleased)Hyph11e - TinnitusOverlook & Karim Maas - Heart Of DarknessZULI - Trigger Finger (Lee Gamble Remix)Slikback - ARMOREvitceles - EntwinedSsaliva - Slender
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11/07/2024Relive some of the highlights from AI & Music powered by S+T+ARTS at Sónar 2024
Artificial Intelligence is changing the sound of music: how it's created, how it's performed, how we hear it, and how it reaches us.  This year, with the introduction of AI & Music powered by S+T+ARTSSónar explored how artists, performers, thinkers, and makers are using AI to shape the sound of the future This multi-dimensional programme connected genre-defying shows with thought-provoking conferences and interactive exhibits across all three days of Sónar by Day and Sónar+D Watch the recap video below, featuring extracts from interviews with digital artist and performer Myriam Bleau, sound artist and radical thinker Nicole L’Huillier, and multidisciplinary artist and musician Cibelle Cavalli Bastos  
 Want more AI & Music content? Take a look at our photo gallery. We’ll also be publishing more highlights (including from Sónar and Sónar+D) over the next weeks across our social media channels, stay tuned to @sonarfestival on Instagram and X, or follow @sonar.festival on TikTok. And if you missed out this year, don’t worry, AI & Music powered by S+T+ARTS will return at Sónar 2025!  - S+T+ARTS is a European initiative that supports transdisciplinary collaborations between science, technology and the arts in research and the creative industries.
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