NATHAN BARATO has carved a unique space within the dance music scene. 

The Toronto born DJ and producer has become well known for blending the grit of underground techno with the infectious groove of house music with DJ sets that are both dynamic and immersive.

His productions also showcase a distinctive style, earning releases on labels like Hot Creations and Relief Records.


His latest single, Weapon is a collaboration with studio partner Matheo Velez and it’s out now on the mighty Toolroom Records.

Nathan Barato was the focus of The Night Bazaar column in Something For The Weekend in The Sun on Friday January 26.

Nathan Barato was the focus of The Night Bazaar column in Something For The Weekend in The Sun on Friday January 26th. 

We caught up with Nathan this week and he talked us through a playlist featuring some of his all time favourite dance music. Listen to the music and read what he had to say about each of the tracks he selected for us below.

Don’t forget to check out The Night Bazaar website where you can listen to new sets from Fake News, Saytek and Paul Loraine and browse our archives.

Carlo Lio – Jeffery’s Blues

“To me this is a modern classic. Such a smart use of the sample and it goes off in the club. Tip to the DJs … just let this one play through, trust me. The crowd wants this one to stretch out.”


Lil Louis – Club Lonely

“The creativity in the record is next level. Listen to it beginning to end you’ll understand what I mean. Genius.”


Chiapet – Westworld

“Very important record here. Stripped back and to me, it changed the course of house music. John Ciafone at his finest.”


Lil Mo Yin Yang – Reach

“Louie vega + Erick Morillo = a dancefloor bomb! Don’t sleep on this. 20+ years later and it still holds up strong.”


KOT – Fade II Black

“This is one of my favourite vocal records ever. The drums, the bass changes and the way the vocal progresses is so amazing.”


Marco Carola – Bloody Cash

“Carola is one of the kings of funky techno in my eyes. This arrangement has elite level patience.”


Hot Natured – Benediction

“These chords are perfect. I loved seeing these four live this album. Made me happy house music was in this space at the time.”


Kenlou – Bounce

“One of the all time greats tracks from Kenny and Louie aka KENLOU. Trippy and bouncy. I love it when MAW get like this.”


Mood II Swing – Do it Your Way

“I just love the groove here. One of my go to jams to this day.”


Derrick Carter – 10

“I love every element of this record. Literally every element. The countdown is my fave part though.”