‘Sweat’ is the new single from London-based DJ and producer SONIKKU. Featuring underground popstar LIZ and co-written by Little Boots, ‘Sweat’ is a Minogue-inspired banger drenched in 80’s synths and pulsating bass-lines. Set in a dystopian bathhouse, the accompanying music video see’s SONIKKU and LIZ mutate and transform into abstract liquid shapes as the bathhouse slowly consumes them.
“After producing the instrumental for ‘Sweat,’ I knew I had to enlist the help of Victoria (aka Little Boots) to help me pen the lyrics,” says Tony Donson, the London-based musician who records as SONIKKU. “With our shared love of Kylie and unapologetic pop, we wrote it after just one session. Then LIZ fell in love with the track after I played it her whilst I was on a writing trip in LA. Her Britney-esque ’tongue-in-cheek’ vocals on this track were a match made in heaven for me.”
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.