Villalobos* ‎– Alcachofa

Playhouse ‎– PLAY083, Playhouse ‎– playhouse 83
3 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album


A Easy Lee 10:10
B Theogenese 9:19
C1 Bahaha Hahi 7:34
C2 La Raja 6:02
D I Try To Live (Can I Live) 9:22
E1 Quizás 7:10
E2 Fusion The Enemies 7:18
F Dexter 9:07

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Released in gatefold sleeve.

Made in Germany.

Liner notes:
"Ich bedanke mich bei meinem Vater, meiner Mutter,
dem Rest der Familie, meiner Liebsten, meinen Freunden, meinen musikalischen Vorbildern und den niemals müden Erfindern elektronischer Instrumente.
Lasst das Vinyl am Leben und nicht die Roboter
unsere Arbeit tun.



I would like to thank my father, my mother, the rest of the family, my friends, my musical idols and the tireless inventors of electronic instruments. Keep the vinyl alive and don't let the robots take over.

Sides A, B, D and F play at 45 RPM, Sides C and E at 33 ⅓ RPM.
Catalog number is etched as "PLAY083" in the runout groove and listed as "playhouse 83" on the sleeve.

First pressings issued with a purple "villalobos alcachofa" sticker on sleeve; inside the gatefold sleeve the first text passage below the track list (with w&p, contacts) includes the following code: "efa 56408-1". It is missing on this repress gatefold sleeve, but there, another line was added, saying: "distribution via neuton and friends worldwide". In addition, the ongaku email address has changed. The sticker is missing sometimes on the repress cover.
No visible vinyl differences between all pressing versions; same run-out groove etchings, same weight.
For details, see release images.

Repressed in 2011 as Villalobos* - Alcachofa.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A): play083 A Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B): play083 B Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side C): play083 C Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side D): play083 D Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side E): play083 E Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side F): play083 F Upright "M" + Upside Down "V" in a circle or large "O" at D&M
  • Barcode: 661956338311
  • Label Code: LC10939
  • Other: mon 2003

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PLAYCD08JP, playhouse 83 Villalobos* Alcachofa(CD, Album) Playhouse, Playhouse PLAYCD08JP, playhouse 83 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
PLAY083 Villalobos* Alcachofa(3x12", Album, Promo) Playhouse PLAY083 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
PLAY083, playhouse 83 Villalobos* Alcachofa(3x12", Album, RP) Playhouse, Playhouse PLAY083, playhouse 83 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Playhouse cd08 Villalobos* Alcachofa(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Playhouse Playhouse cd08 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Playhouse cd08 Villalobos* Alcachofa(CD, Album, P/Unofficial) Playhouse Playhouse cd08 Unknown Sell This Version


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April 18, 2016
Dexter-Cocoon-Amnesia.....Fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly.


March 11, 2016

I really don't get WHY there's no a proper repress for both wax and cd versions of Alcachofa..... :(((


November 27, 2015
This album have been on my iPod for 5 years now, and I never figured out why everyone was talking about it. Few months ago, I started listening more micro house, for example the Romanians. And a week ago, I played this album again, and it was a revelation to me. What a blast. The way he can make a 64 steps loop interesting for more than 10 minutes, the way he makes his drums musical was quite unique at the time. He brought a fundamental things in electronic : drums and percussions have draw their own melody. Masterpiece, repress is necessary !


September 4, 2015
re-issue. I've wanted this records for ages. I can bring myself to pay over 100 for a used record!


August 25, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

repress is coming for Easy Lee and Dexter!!!


June 30, 2015
I recently had a chat with my girlfriend about whether there will ever be another revolutionary turn in music history as was the invention of electronic music. Now, a few days later after listening to this album, I am inclined to think that it might be this, organic music.

Music that is unpredictable, that does not follow a certain pattern, but connects bits and pieces in self-diversified complexity similar to that of DNA strands. Music that grows like a plant, like an organism, sounds that mutate, that have a life of their own whose ever-changing nature men will long not begin to comprehend.

As technology advances we might be able to explore fields of these musical plants and the contemporary music, that is structured music will seem dated and odd due to its predictability and similarity. Maybe the artichoke is the first metaphor for such musical plants and Alcachofa a forerunner of these things to come, a projection into the future of music and organic systems created through technology.

A slight hint though.


June 20, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
what a joke!


April 7, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
This needs a repress!! There's substantial demand. Consumers don't want to feed the discogs sharks knowing there has been a few re-issues in the past. Copyright owners, supply chains, retailers, etc. get paid. Win-win.


February 25, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
So as I attempt to listen to this album for the fifth time in the space of 12 years since its release, I'm still left wondering what the fuss is about.

Perhaps this kind of minimalist "techno" appeals to the chin-stroking elitist intellegentsia that seek out the kind of purposefully obtuse electronica as exemplified on this record. Every track can be summed up thus: tedious minimal grooves - not fast enough to be exciting, not quite slow enough be languid - squelches, token effects, occasional simplistic melodies and vocals. Every track follows this pattern. About the only part of the album that breaks from this excessive tedium is a few moments early on in Waiworinao when some guitar comes in. Nice, but the soloing isn't particularly substantial, and the rhythm repeats in a similar fashion throughout the EIGHT MINUTE track.

Sure, concentrate and one can hear all the tweaks, the mixing, the gliches, the twisted sample-fodder. But does this mean the music on Alcachofa is capable of producing an emotional response, or is it a technical exercise pandering to the spectacle-wearing mnml-techno fanatica that write essays about such music?


August 15, 2014
Strange how this album has stayed with me for so long and my fondness for it only gets stronger with every listen.

I actually first heard this when I was first began exploring dance music, and something told me there was something special about this guy. I didn't know he was an underground icon or a prolific artist or any of those automatic assumptions you make about Villalobos when you've known about him for a while.

But little did I know how much this album would alter my life. As dramatic as that sounds, it did, in so many ways. It shaped the music I began looking for, the parties I attended, the people I met, the friends I made, the drugs I took...

Tell your average person that a minimal techno album has such an impact on your life and they will laugh at you, but I think many people will understand exactly where I'm coming from.