Boomkat Product Review:
Ricardo Villalobos' alltimer 'Alcachofa“ from 2003, originally released by Playhouse as a 3x12“ record set, this re-release adds a fourth side.
Villalobos emerged round that time as one of the foremost producers in the Zone That Has No Name - minimalism too vital to be called minimal, techno too slinky to be techno, house too anti-anthemic to be called house. On singles for Playhouse, Perlon, and many more, Villalobos cranked up an old drop top convertible and reconfigured its techno motor to run on nothing but pebbles and honey, silicon and grass.
Less minimalist than profoundly, proudly, regally restrained, his music is full of pauses, patience and empty space; he overlaps genres until only their outlines remain, blotting out all but the essence. This isn't techno as we knew it; it's a biological experiment, a Petri dish of private elation and muttered damnations, voices, tones, exhalations rubbed raw with salt and gravel. 'Alcachofa' presents metamorphosis in play: restless, irrevocable, the world sounds different now. Opening track "Easy Lee..." will stick in your mind for months.