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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 08:42 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

Barcelona's Sonar is regarded as the world's finest electronic music festival. With a By Day and a By Night element, some go to one or the other, the hardcore to both. It attracts the big names (Dizzee, LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers) and the cutting edge, with Joy Orbison, Flying Lotus and Plastikman taking to the Barcelona stage.

Last year, BBC Introducing went to Sonar for the first time, following in the footsteps of Radio 1's Rob da Bank, Mary Anne Hobbs's now legendary forward-thinking electronic showcase, and John Peel, who adored the Sonar vibes and ethos. In 2009, we took Young Fathers, La Roux and Bass Clef to showcase their music to the world. They went down a storm, of course.

This weekend, we're taking another two bands, who'll get a chance to play on the main stage. Shake Aletti come from Sheffield and make bouncy, jump up electro that will get Sonar skanking. Here's how they sound:


While I was on the decks at Sonar last year, Nedry gave me their demo. A year later they've just released their debut album on Monotreme records and we've asked them back to play Sonar. Their post-shoegaze dubstep magic sounds awesome live. Here they are with Squid Cat Battle:


We'll record both bands' performances at Sonar for broadcast on my show next week, and will be bringing you more blog updates direct from the festival over the next day or two, so stay tuned!


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