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Barraca represents the house imprint of Valencia's most famous club. Barraca Music has quickly made a name for itself, encompassing both the sound of its home city, as well as the sound of clubland at large, it's RA's January 2010 label of the month.

If, as they say, club years are a little bit like dog years, 44 is something close to 190. And Barraca should have been long since dead. But the Spanish club isn't. In fact, it's as good as it ever was, perhaps even better. Based outside of Valencia proper, it remains one of the most popular clubbing destinations for local (and, increasingly, international) clubbers, more than four decades after its opening. Resident DJ Andrew Grant says that since he's started playing there only a few years ago the crowd has changed. Marc Martinez Nadal, AKA AFFKT, a fellow resident, laughs as he tells me his mother went there. His grandmother too. (I'm not sure whether to believe the latter statement, but the fact that it's halfway believable tells you all you need to know.)

Barraca has had its up, its downs and its in-betweens. Its owners have seen everything. They were there before the infamous '80s and '90s boom that was the ruta del bakalao, and were one of the few clubs that survived the bust in nightlife that followed. But the constant has always been music. In the late '70s and early '80s, eclectic and educated DJs like Juan Santamaria and Carlos Simó played post-punk, synth pop, garage rock and plenty more to Valencians who were more than ready to party in the post-Franco era.

Like many labels, Barraca has formed an agency with its key artists, all of whom trade ideas, tracks and inspiration but still clearly retain their individual identities. Timid Boy also helps run Time Has Changed Records, AFFKT has plans to create a new label called Sincopat later in 2010 and young gun Edu Imbernon runs Eklektisch.

Imbernon and Samuel Knob represent the new crop of Barraca residents, taking over when Danny Fiddo and Alberto Sola left the venue. As Grant said, the crowd has changed considerably since he first started playing there. It's likely that Imbernon and Knob are as responsible as anyone, luring in a slightly younger crowd that has embraced the label's sound, which has lately shifted from the more organic techno favored by AFFKT to a slightly cleaner house and techno hybrid that falls in line with the prevailing sound of modern clubland.

As Barraca Music brings more artists into their family, the label's identity will continue to evolve. But like its club namesake, that's the point: You don't survive 44 years in the club business by standing still. You stay alive by bringing in fresh new talent, working with established hands when it makes sense and building something that can withstand the ups, the downs and the in-betweens. Barraca Music may already be eight in dog years, but, like the club, it won't be going anywhere for a long, long time.