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Sofia Kourtesis’ new single ‘Estación Esperanza’ lands on Ninja Tune

The Peruvian producer says the latest track is “all about hope”

  • Words: Gemma Ross | Photo: Christopher Bouchard
  • 18 January 2022
Sofia Kourtesis’ new single ‘Estación Esperanza’ lands on Ninja Tune

Peruvian-born, Berlin-based producer Sofia Kourtesis is back with a follow-up to her last year-released debut EP, ‘Fresia Magdalena’.

Her latest track, titled ‘Estación Esperanza’, is out today via Ninja Tune. Running at a full five minutes, the single is a celebration of new beginnings in dedication to the producer’s mother.

“'Estación Esperanza’ is all about hope. I’m hopeful my mother will get better, I’m hopeful the world will begin to heal, I’m hopeful this song will bring you light on dark days,” Sofia said on the track.

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Featuring vocals and field recordings from Peruvian protestors who can be heard chanting against homophobic takedowns at the beginning of the track, Sofia pays homage to her home country weaving in sounds and instrumentals from Peruvian culture.

The track also includes vocals from special guest Manu Chao, a French-Spanish polyglot who adds to the track with trance-inducing vocals.

“I first wrote this song after listening to Manu Chao. To me Manu Chao has always represented hope, his lyrics were like a bible to me growing up. This song is for him, my mother and all those activists working hard to make this world better… never lose hope,” Sofia continued.

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‘Estación Esperanza’ follows 2021-released sleeper hit ‘Fresia Magdalena’, Sofia’s debut EP featuring five tracks, each commended after release by publications across the globe.

Today, Sofia announced her debut set of UK headliners where she’ll bring a brand new live show to both London's Electrowerks and Manchester's YES Pink Room. Beyond the two shows, the producer will also head out on a UK/EU tour at the end of the month.

Check out Sofia Kourtesis’ latest track ‘Estación Esperanza’ below, and check out the full list of tour dates.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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