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“I love songs that make you want to cry and dance at the same time,” says TonyDonson, the London-based musician who records as SONIKKU. That sense of unfettered release and liberation drives his debut album, JoyfulDeath, set to release through Bella Union on April 17th 2020. A fluent, fertile and full-colour hybrid of vibrant Italo-house, liquid synth-pop, righteous disco and French philosophical asides, it’s an album that signals the emergence proper of SONIKKU – a fully formed dancefloor artist. It’s also a farewell of sorts, perhaps, but with an emphatic rebirth at its heart. “This album feels like a transformation in the sense that I’m creating the music I’ve always wanted to make. A fully realised, coherent pop record that showcases my craft as a song-writer and producer.”