Sofia Kourtesis shares new single ‘Vajkoczy’

Sofia Kourtesis shares new single ‘Vajkoczy’




“A subtle summer heater full of shimmying percussion, radiant atmospherics and yearning vocals”
The Guardian

Listen to ‘Vajkoczy’ here:

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Sofia Kourtesis recently announced her debut album Madres (27 October on Ninja Tune) along with lead single ‘Si Te Portas Bonito‘ which went straight to the BBC 6 Music A-List. Today she has followed up with new single ‘Vajkoczy’ (“Vi-co-zee”).

Speaking of the track Kourtesis says:
“My muse, my hero, the world should have more Vajkoczy”

Vajkoczy’ is named for Peter Vajkoczy, the renowned neurosurgeon Madres is dedicated to. Having successfully operated on Kourtesis’ mother, extending her life beyond what anyone thought was possible, Vajkoczy is credited not only with saving Kourtesis’ mother’s life but also her own, bringing hope and joy back into it. The single ‘Vajkoczy’ is alive with that feeling; bright, joyful and infectious in a way that Kourtesis’ music is becoming known for doing like nobody else.

Madres is awash with warm light and brimming with “hope and the value that big love can create miracles”. It’s filled with the minutiae of life that Kourtesis didn’t have time or energy for; going out with friends, dating, dancing, eating, living. It also contains everything that has made Kourtesis so beloved already. The dual sounds of her Peruvian home and her adopted home in Berlin are present (“my heart is very Latin American, but my motor is German”), as is the activism surrounding gender equality, protection of queer people and access to safe abortions in Peru that is so close to her heart.

In the lead up to Kourtesis’ debut, a string of rapturously received EPs and singles made her one of the fastest rising stars in the electronic world and beyond. She has already graced the cover of Mixmag, released a brilliantly energetic and moving Resident Advisor ‘RA Session’, appeared on ‘End of Year’ lists from the likes of The New York TimesPitchforkDJ Mag and Spotify (#6 Best Electronic Song) and played instant sell-out early shows at London’s Lafayette and Manchester’s YES as well as standout performances at GlastonburyGreen ManWide Awake and Primavera and tours supporting Caribou and Bicep.

Pre-order Madres here:

Photo credit: Dan Medhurst

High-res images can be found here

Tour dates:

13 Sep – London @ Fabric (RY X Official Afterparty) (DJ)
2 Nov – Dublin @ The Button Factory
3 Nov – Manchester @ Canvas
4 Nov – London @ Islington Assembly Hall
8 Nov – Berlin, DE @ Funkhaus
10 Nov – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
11 Nov – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
12 Nov – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Upstairs

Tickets are available here:

Madres tracklist:

1. Madres
2. Si Te Portas Bonito
3. Vajkoczy
4. How Music Makes You Feel Better
5. Habla Con Ella
6. Funkhaus
7. Moving Houses
8. Estación Esperanza
9. Cecilia
10. El Carmen

Praise for Sofia Kourtesis:

“Bursting with life and personality”
5/5 NME

“One of the most interesting producers in house music right now”

“Somehow intimate and vast all at once, it’s like a postcard view of infinity—just waves, wind, and sparkling light as far as the eye can see”

“A quiet anthem that feels just as passionate as a rallying cry”
Resident Advisor

“Warm and fizzing creation of a musical magpie”
The Observer ‘One To Watch’

“Sofia Kourtesis has an incredible gift for world-building”
Clash ‘Track of the Day’

“[‘Madres’] feels like a deep, restorative exhalation”
The FADER ‘Song You Need’

“Pulses with the radiant and defiant sense of life that her music is becoming known for”
The Forty-Five

“Everything she releases is impeccable”
Beats Per Minute

“It is artists like Kourtesis who keep good house vibes alive”

“One of the releases we got most excited about last year. It was a beguiling release with club tunes filled with personality”
Sounds and Colours