Ricardo Villalobos

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Ricardo Villalobos
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Villalobos was born in Santiago, Chile on 6th August 1970. At the age of three, in 1973, his family moved to Germany after General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the socialist government of Salvador Allende.

Whilst active as a DJ and musician through the mid to late 1990s, Villalobos is most recognised for his contribution to the development of microhouse and minimal techno in the early 2000s.

He has performed routinely at Omen (Frankfurt), E-Werk (Berlin), Ultraschall (Munich), Aufschwung Ost (Kassel) and Ostgut / Panoramabar (Berlin), and was a resident DJ of Omen, The Box (Frankfurt) and Cafe Kesselhaus (Darmstadt), as well as Cocoon night in Ibiza, together with Sven Väth and long-time friend Richie Hawtin.
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LADOMAT 2020 The Contempt — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos The Contempt Ladomat 2000 LADOMAT 2020 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
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PLAY083 Alcachofa — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Alcachofa (Album) Playhouse, Playhouse PLAY083 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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PERL 43 Thé Au Harem D'Archimède — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Thé Au Harem D'Archimède (Album) Perlon PERL 43 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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Play 133 Fizheuer Zieheuer — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Fizheuer Zieheuer Playhouse Play 133 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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SED000 Sei Es Drum — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Sei Es Drum (Album) Sei Es Drum SED000 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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ECM 2211-12, 275 8681 Re: ECM — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 2211-12, 275 8681 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
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mm-012 Zug — Ricardo Villalobos Conrad Schnitzler - Reshaped And Remodeled By Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Conrad Schnitzler - Reshaped And Remodeled By Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer - Zug(LP, Album) m=minimal mm-012 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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PERL92CDJP Dependent And Happy — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Dependent And Happy (Album) Perlon PERL92CDJP Japan 2012 Sell This Version
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[a:rpia:r] 15 Empirical House LP — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Empirical House LP(2x12", Album, 180) [a:rpia:r] [a:rpia:r] 15 Romania 2017 Sell This Version
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none Hubris Variation Parts 2 & 3 — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos & Oren Ambarchi Ricardo Villalobos & Oren Ambarchi - Hubris Variation Parts 2 & 3 Oren Ambarchi Archive none 2020
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Singles & EPs

HSM02 N-DRA — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos N-DRA(12") Hörspielmusik HSM02 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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Lo-Fi Stereo-005 Heike — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Heike Lo-Fi Stereo Lo-Fi Stereo-005 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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FT-008 Salvador — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Salvador Frisbee Tracks FT-008 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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lo-fi stereo no. 09 808 The Bassqueen — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos 808 The Bassqueen Lo-Fi Stereo lo-fi stereo no. 09 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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PERL 08 Frank Mueller Melodram — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Frank Mueller Melodram Perlon PERL 08 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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FT016 Pino Jet Explosion — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Pino Jet Explosion Frisbee Tracks FT016 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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playhouse 45 Luna — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Luna Playhouse, Playhouse playhouse 45 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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PERL 16 Tomorrov Cocktail / Ananas — Ricardo Villalobos Sense Club / Villalobos* Sense Club / Villalobos* - Tomorrov Cocktail / Ananas Perlon PERL 16 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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nummer fünfunddreißig, Playhouse 35 Ibiza99 — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Ibiza99 Playhouse, Playhouse nummer fünfunddreißig, Playhouse 35 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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FT 025 Que Belle Epoque — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Que Belle Epoque Frisbee Tracks FT 025 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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PERL 22 Bredow / Damm3 — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos Bredow / Damm3 Perlon PERL 22 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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Playhouse 62 Halma — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Halma Playhouse, Playhouse Playhouse 62 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
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playhouse 82 Alcachofa Tools — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Alcachofa Tools Playhouse playhouse 82 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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LOFI STEREO 028 808 The Bassqueen / Filtadelic — Ricardo Villalobos Ricardo Villalobos / Steve Bug Pres. Clever And Smart* Ricardo Villalobos / Steve Bug Pres. Clever And Smart* - 808 The Bassqueen / Filtadelic(12", Ltd) Lo-Fi Stereo LOFI STEREO 028 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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play 93 Alcachofa Remixes — Ricardo Villalobos Villalobos* Alcachofa Remixes (EP) Playhouse play 93 Germany 2004 Sell This Version

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jonarmst

jonarmst

November 3, 2022
edited 3 months ago
Someone called him "a divider of opinions" and that reflects my own internally contradictory view of him. His "Taka Taka" mix on Cocoon from 2003 blew me away and was one of the most impeccably selected mixes I've heard to this day, but for the life of me I can't imagine what anyone gets out of most of his production in the last ten years or so -- plinky-plonky, tinkly little little abstract jazzy loop things that go absolutely nowhere.

Now, let me say that after giving up years ago, I did just check out (and purchase) his "Microgestures" EP, and found it to be a very nice piece of experimental electronic music that gets a strong thumbs up from me. Intrigued, I explored a few more of his back catalog... "Detroit Heroes"... a total winner... "Silent EP"... a total winner (and almost sounding like a collaboration with Robert Hood.) "Neunachi EP"... Ummm, it's interesting... but is sounding a lot like "obscure little minimalist hipster jazz loops going nowhere" yet again.

Overall though, I would say... if you think he's "fallen off", or is producing uninteresting music, you'd be sadly mistaken, or you just don't like this style of arty minimal house. Yes, I can see why some people might consider some of it hipster twaddle, but as far as I can tell he's making some of the best music of his career in the last five years or so.

I'm not quite back on the RV train yet, but am now in the mode where I'm at least exploring his back catalog for the last decade or so and would be open to suggestions.
maxiqum123

maxiqum123

May 11, 2022
This producer is garbage but his hipster fanbase is even worse
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willie.luz

willie.luz

January 20, 2021
edited over 2 years ago
I am sorry for all those that can't understand what they hear when they play a Villalobos track.
Get yourself a big high end speaker and see it coming or visit him playing live .
vog

vog

May 26, 2020
Revisiting his catalog today. Several releases still sound remarkable. I almost feel sorry for those who can't hear it.
AlbertHofstein

AlbertHofstein

May 9, 2019
edited over 4 years ago
I heard this dude playing twice. First in 2006 at Panorama bar. Lovely night and versatile set. Heard him again, different set and setting.. it was monotonic and cheap techhouse. As a producer he is utter shit. I agree with the negative comments below. The tracks really go nowhere, but not in a good way. I haven't heard anything outstanding, or different since "easy lee". He feels stuck with this one sound signature. Every track derivatives from the other. And I will never forgive him what he did with ECM ... that was the worst!
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Rukawat

Rukawat

May 5, 2017
Sanjay Dutt.
angeleica4711

angeleica4711

December 4, 2015
there is nothing to get. if you have the time, ricardo has the vibe.
Txdr

Txdr

October 4, 2015
you don't "have to get it"; let the ones that "get it" enjoy it. "i get it" ricardo... "i get it"...
Mongodeluxe

Mongodeluxe

September 17, 2015
Maybe all the critics that are not impressed by ricardo should listen to the stuff between 1998 and 2007 to understand the hype about him. And should I mention that it is druggy, repetitive music that needs time? Perfect music for Afterhour-Parties, when you are far away from being sober - like him ;)
dj_norf_yurksha

dj_norf_yurksha

March 30, 2015
I hold my hands up and admit I simply just do not get what the fuss is all about. I find his music boring and totally lacking in content, I just feel nothing when I hear it.
On a good night he can be a fantastic DJ playing very varied sets and playing far more interesting, groovy and sexier music than he makes.
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