SONIKKU today reveals SOPHIE’s remix of their latest single ‘Sweat’ featuring underground popstar LIZ. The remix is taken from a forthcoming EP of ‘Sweat’ remixes, which also includes a BALTRA re-work, and is due for release 13 December via Bella Union.
SOPHIE distorts SONIKKU’s latest single ‘Sweat’ into an alien euro-dance affair inspired by sweaty escapades at the infamous Berlin club, Berghain. “When SOPHIE and I met, we played each other our favourite disco music, and I think we view pop music in a very similar way,” SONIKKU, aka London-based producer Tony Donson, explains. “A mutual friend played ‘Sweat’ to her, and she connected with it instantly. To collaborate with an artist whose music I admire feels unreal, I could listen to ‘Nothing More To Say’ (by SOPHIE) on repeat endlessly. I feel the same hypersonic energy of that track was brought to the ‘Sweat’ remix.”
Having moved from Derby to London at the age of 18, Donson worked as an intern (at MTV, Dazed & Confused, SHOWstudio) then turned to DJing (from London to Tokyo, Paris and Berlin) after he was signed to London label Lobster Theremin. Though he continues to DJ regularly at Tottenham’s LGBTQ rave-up Adonis, he has extra ambitions in mind: “I love DJing but I’m more looking forward to developing a live show.”
A recent signee to Cocteau-Twins-founded label Bella Union, SONIKKU is set to release several more singles (featuring guest vocals from Chester Lockhart, Little Boots, Douglas Dare and more) alongside a full-length LP slated for spring 2020.
SOPHIE is an English electronic producer, songwriter, and DJ based in Los Angeles. Traversing disparate musical spheres from underground dance music to major label pop by, taking the helm for the likes of Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Charli XCX, SOPHIE’s singular sound shirks convention and pushes familiar musical styles to their furthest extremes. At once uncannily familiar and boldly experimental, and across solo releases and production work for other artists, her music has developed a devoted following and made her in demand in recording studios and on dance floors alike.
SOPHIE’s remix of ‘Sweat’ featuring LIZ is available now via Bella Union. “Sweat Remixes” EP is due for release 13 December via Bella Union.