Daphni and Floating Points B2B | Barcelona 2014
REVIEW: The pair of pioneering producers bring the beats to Barca...
August in Barcelona is hot. Forget London hot when the capital’s population strips off and seeks out the nearest green space to sweat on like chargrilled chicken on a bed of spinach. Barcelona in August is brutal. And maybe this is why the majority of the city’s storeowners sneer at the busy tourist season, close up shop and seek cool sanctuary along the coast for the hottest month.
But what happens if you do find yourself in the city on a boiling hot Saturday afternoon with nothing much to do and barely anywhere open? Why not spend six hours dancing to electronic demi-gods and knob-twiddling titans Floating Points and Daphni (Dan Snaith of Caribou fame) as they pair off in a B2B session on the summit of the imposing Montjuïcin in the stunning surrounds of Monasterio of Poble Espanol.
The pair of pioneering producers maybe look more like PC World employees but between them they can kick out one funky wall of racket. Serving disco, breaks, funk, house and anything in between they courted a large crowd of Catalonian party kids who beat the heat and danced long into the night.
Such an event was the perfect way to see the vibe of this party loving city as the Monasterio perched on top of the Montjuïcin overlooked Barcelona from the hipster hangouts in Poble Nou, where superclub Razzmatazz was jumping off to the force of London’s very own DJ Yoda, to the abstract tiling of Park Güell’s benches.
But the best thing, other than the sounds, was that this B2B wrapped up at midnight meaning this sunburnt Englishman could head back to his apartment for a quick glass of cava, shower, aftersun and bed. English raves could learn a lot from Barcelona’s party scene.
By Michael Currell