THE CATALAN DANCE MUSIC BARRIO
Barcelona’s temperate climate, rich arts scene, musical pedigree and vibrant culture combine to make it one of the best global dance music destinations. Not only known for its non-stop party mentality, the city also plays host to Sonar Festival and the internationally acclaimed Primavera Sound featuring acts spanning the genre spectrum.
With a party circuit amplified by superclubs Razzmatazz and Pacha that crack off around 3am, a quick afternoon siesta suggests that Friday nights revelry might find its way into a Sunday morning rooftop session in Catalonia’s house and techno hub.
Whether you’re looking to see world class acts like Dixon or Maceo Plex, or prefer a night spent getting sweaty in hip, underground clubs, Barcelona has a limitless number of options for you. In this edition of Monitor we explore the sounds, artists, labels and clubs that make this 24 hour party destination so unique.
Meet the man behind Suara’s influential sound
Catalan’s big cat has been entrancing global dance floors for the better part of a decade with his raison d'être of genre bending house and steely, brooding techno.
Founder of Suara, one of the scene’s most recognized house and techno imprints, Coyu’s influence both in the studio and behind the decks can be felt on some of the world’s top sound systems and in the replicated production tricks of his contemporaries. His 2009 #1 hit ‘El Baile Aleman’ can still be heard rocking clubs nine years after release and his recent collaborations feature everything from Thomas Gandey’s haunting vocals to talents like Reinier Zonneveld and Kevin De Vries. Coyu’s appearances on festival stages in sixty countries, countless residencies in the world’s top clubs, and production appearances on some of dance music’s most celebrated labels help him push the energy of Barcelona to club goer’s worldwide.
Check out Coyu's Raw Tracks Chart!
LOCAL DJ PICKS
A selection of standout tracks that have dominated Barcelona clubs over the years
From humble beginnings back in 1870 with Jose Santorres’ ‘Cafe Josophet’ to the globe trotting party series and imprint it has become today, Elrow is a true institution that spans both genre and medium. Founded in the spring of 2012, Elrow’s label arm showcases a catalog of chunky, funky, floor filling cuts from artists ranging from the new to the legendary in Barcelona’s Tech House scene. From classics like George Private and Mario Biani’s ‘Happy Sunday’ to Klankuenstler’s party-fueled, mainroom slammer ‘Pop Dem Bottles’, Elrow’s influence is undeniable.
BARCELONA LABEL MAP
Use this map to explore the diverse sounds of Barcelona and see exactly where they come from. Click the tab on the top left to filter and listen on Beatport.