Artist To Watch: Paco Osuna

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Spain isn't exactly known as a minimal techno hotspot (except for those magical two weeks in June known as Sónar). After all, the country is home to Ibiza, an island overstuffed with pudgy, drug-addled clubbers collectively losing their minds to Euro-space dance music. But in recent years, a handful of artists have succeeded in putting Barcelona on the techno map, and none more so than Paco Osuna. With his Club4 parties bringing in top-flight DJs and his Mindshake record label releasing a steady stream of high-quality techno, Osuna has certainly caught people’s attention. Richie Hawtin is a fan, having tapped Osuna for a number of releases and remixes; this year’s Orbeat EP was particularly good, and we're looking forward to his remixes of Plastikman for Minus' 10th anniversary compilation. Last fall’s Twins EP also lit up minimal dancefloors, so anticipation is high for a proper artist album, which is in the works. 2009 will also find Osuna doing a stint in Chicago while he focuses on DJing more in the United States and Latin America.

Listen: "Mindacid"

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Watch: Paco Osuna at Goa Rome, February 22, 2007