First of all, let’s give a little shine to one of the hardest-working DJs and promoters on the circuit, Zonzo, aka Raver Jewish. He has been central in pushing the extravagant Glove parties for several years, although Barcelona’s finest disco selections struggled to find a good fit since outgrowing BARTS. They have now installed their fortnightly throw-down at This Side UP, the brand-new appellation of that party cube down the bottom of Paral·lel. I hear the first few dates have been da bomb. You should check the 24 March date to dig the Italo-cuts of Carlo Simula, the tropical inflections of Sonido Tupinamba and the tough new grooves of team Palm Grease.
Right here you should be able to read a paragraph about the goings-on at Laut. Opening in late January, their February bookings were announced too late to find their way into these inches, and it looks like their policy of don’t ask, don’t tell will continue for now. So far the gigs have been nothing short of solid: Pye Corner Audio opened, Rezzett were ill and there was even a Bacalao throwback night. Swing by one Friday or Saturday night if you are tired of the same old salas and sounds. It’s right behind Apolo on Vila i Vilà.
Switch is also back and swinging. One of Barcelona’s sole spots for checking DJs at a bar was closed by bureaucratic tangles for months, but the treasured micro-joint once again offers elegant sets of sounds six nights a week. This critic’s choice may be the nascent connection of Modern Obscure Music and Moon&mann Discos who launch their Balearic Voodoo night on 11 March.
Fans of music that virtually no-one else can stand will need little encouragement to attend Cønjuntø Vacíø’s 26 March date at Freedonia, which will showcase the ‘rabid beasts of trip metal,’ Wolf Eyes. Tattooed hands will doubtlessly applaud excruciating renditions of ditties such as Throats Filled With Concrete, Interminal Bleedings parts I-IV and Strangled in Filth. I dare you.