Ricardo Villalobos is a Chilean-German electronic music producer and DJ. He is well-known for his work in the minimal techno and microhouse genres, and is one of the most significant figures in today\'s minimal techno scene.
Villalobos was born in Santiago, Chile in 1970. In 1973 he moved to Germany with his family to escape the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, who had seized power that year.
When Ricardo was around 10 or 11 he started to play conga and bongos. Though he loved music, he could never see himself as a musician. He began making electronic music in the late 80s. From a very young age he has been a big fan of Depeche Mode, even following their tours around Europe to listen to them.
Villalobos takes much of his inspiration from Depeche Mode, as well as other artists such as Daniel Miller, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, Daniel Bell and Andrew Weatherall. He has also taken inspiration from rhythmic South American music.
Villalobos began to play his music at parties while he was studying at university, but this was only for his own enjoyment. He started a label, Placid Flavour, in 1993 but this was unsuccessful. His first record was released on the German Playhouse label in 1994 and he began DJing as a professional in 1998.
Salvador is a collection of his earliest work on Frisbee, bringing together seven tracks from between 1998 and 2001, most of which have been out of print for some time now. Filling out the collection (literally, as the release runs almost eighty minutes in total length) is his whopping fifteen-minute reworking of Senor Coconut\'s \"Electrolatino.\" The disc opens with one of his classic tracks turned on its head as Villalobos takes \"Que Belle Epoque\" and gives it a modern update, stretching it out into even more of a beast, taking the 70s sample that the song builds on it and tugging and pulling and mining it until it\'s woven through the entire song.
Those expecting his early work to have the same emotional oomph may find themselves just a slight bit disappointed overall with the release, as it seems that he hasn\'t quite harnessed his full powers yet on the disc. \"Tempura\" thumps along for over ten minutes and features a couple killer builds, but doesn\'t have the melodic grab that much of his newer work does, but the watery \"Suesse Cheques\" released at the same time proves him unafraid to experiment with different techniques, hollowing out the kick and leaving the track largely floating through the clouds.
The two tracks that will probably crack the most skulls are \"Logohitz\" and \"Lugom-ix,\" a slamming one-two punch that progress like avalanches falling down the side of a mountain, ripping out string stabs, mutated vocal samples, and hypnotic bass that keep things tumbling forward in a relentless way. The aforementioned Senor Coconut remix closes out the disc, and while it\'s not one of the better tracks, it\'s a nice comedown and a fun inclusion. Even Salvador collects his work just before he hit his prime, the release shows that Villalobos has always been a musician and producer to reckon with.
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