Ricardo Villalobos

Ricardo Villalobos

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Ricardo Villalobos
Villalobos was born in Santiago, Chile in 1970. However, at the age of three he moved to Germany with his family after General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1973.

While active as a DJ and musician through the mid and late 1990s, Villalobos is best associated with his contributions 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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Ricardo Villalobos Discography


Ricardo Villalobos The Contempt Ladomat 2000 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Alcachofa (Album) Playhouse, Playhouse Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Thé Au Harem D'Archimède (Album) Perlon Germany 2004 Sell This Version
SED000 Ricardo Villalobos Sei Es Drum(3x12", Album) Sei Es Drum SED000 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Vasco Perlon Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer - Re: ECM (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Dependent And Happy (Album) Perlon Germany 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HSM02 Ricardo Villalobos N-DRA(12") Hörspielmusik HSM02 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Heike Lo-Fi Stereo Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Salvador Frisbee Tracks Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Pino Jet Explosion Frisbee Tracks Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Frank Mueller Melodram Perlon Germany 1999 Sell This Version
lo-fi stereo no. 09 Ricardo Villalobos 808 The Bassqueen(12") Lo-Fi Stereo lo-fi stereo no. 09 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Sense Club / Villalobos* Sense Club / Villalobos* - Tomorrov Cocktail / Ananas Perlon Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Luna Playhouse Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Que Belle Epoque Frisbee Tracks Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Ibiza99 Playhouse Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Bredow / Damm3 Perlon Germany 2001 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Halma Playhouse, Playhouse Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Alcachofa Tools Playhouse Germany 2003 Sell This Version
LOFI STEREO 028 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
Ricardo* vs Jay* Ricardo* vs Jay* - Prefer Summer Contexterrior Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Villalobos* Alcachofa Remixes (EP) Playhouse Germany 2004 Sell This Version
CNTX 08.5 Ricardo* vs. Jay* Ricardo* vs. Jay* - Fenlow(12") Contexterrior CNTX 08.5 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Ricardo Villalobos Achso (EP) Cadenza Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version

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


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"...


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 ;)


August 25, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Agreed with the recent comments below, not sure what all the fuss is about with this guy, his DJ sets are boring tech house, nothing deep or emotional, just straight up bland the same as his music such as releases on Perlon. I'd rather go and see an unknown Dj play, as 9 times out of 10 they will play better music..


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.


December 11, 2014
there's a difference between minimal and boring and for all the fans and money ricardo viallobos is stuck in the latter. there's nothing to his tracks, no groove, no hunger. its not even intricate. If you want minimal head detroit's way and listen to hood and terrence dixon. they'll show you the way


November 23, 2012
jiggawhat sums it up perfectly: if someone defined house after 2000, it's Villalobos. Anno 2012, if you're that hip dude, it's not 'cool' anymore to like his music. Minimal has passed, house does not want a lot of experiment lately and if someone defines 'dancefloor experiment', it's again Villalobos. A RA reviewer once called him 'the divider of opinions', a statement that perfectly grasps how the public thinks about him now. You like his sound or you're against it. A shame, because when you're really honest, you'll have to admit he made a number of really timeless tracks. I bet that in 10 years time, Villalobos will be seen as one of the greatest movers of the European club scene, also by the ones that now despise his sound just because it's 'old'.


August 20, 2012
Possibly the single most iconic producer of today. Hell, I'll throw out the dirty word - superstar - when describing this guy. I love his music, from his brilliant debut album to his outstanding Fabric mix. He's got that rare talent to make storming dance tracks out of nothing more than a couple of percussive beats. As a DJ, he's one of the masters of his craft. If there's anyone that defined 2000s underground electronic dance, it was Ricardo Villalobos.


June 14, 2005
edited over 4 years ago
Villalobos has it all to set up a great show! Attitude & vibe, great music. He plays best of house, deep, techno, acid. In the summer of 2004 in Valparaíso, Chile he played a wicked set @ Sundeck, Muelle Baron, from 5 until 9 am. Best time to hear to those really long & abstract tracks watchin' the sunrise on a bridge with the pacific ocean below yer feet!!!! After that a small ammount of ppl, 20 at the most hung out all sunday by pool beside the ocean with villalobos playin' at sunset again. He always has the vanguard in music. It's all about that mixing attitude he has when spinning tracks. Tall, clumsy (specially at those after events!!!) low profile are just the perfect dressing for an incredible time! About someone saying he's a bad Bj... He could've had some technical problems or have just been exhausted... We've all been there at some stage. Haven't we??? As Sushanti - his southamerican manager- usually yells: "Wake up! I love you baby!"


March 13, 2005
edited over 3 years ago
Ricardo Villalobos is a shaman, already a legend, a one-in-a-generation inspiring leader.
When inspired/focused, his DJ skills are properly unbelievable (now thats what i call 'lost in the sound'!), with a 'messy/gypsy' attitude in the mix which is absolutely part of his chaotic power, and even allows him to get along with missing transitions or playing scratched records from time to time, a salutary lively instability in a supposedly-perfect, traktor or serato-laden DJ world.
His own productions are odysseys, his musical culture is extremely large (initially mostly linked to 'minimal', he actually has a passion for all things house and techno with a groove, covering the past 25 years of production with the same acuteness - not mentioning these crazy after-hours where the man digs deeper and drops traditional balkan or south american music, psychedelic rock or even opera), his knowledge and dedication to complex rhythms and textures, and the way they act on the human body ; plus his abilty to let himself go as far off (or even further) than his audience, make him a kind of sorcerer.
And he is also one of the most charismatic persons i've witnessed behind decks, with this trademark loose/androgyn attitude making him one of the funniest and most fascinating DJs to watch in action.
Pure class, great man. A Ron Hardy or Larry Levan for the 2k era (spiritually if not strictly musically).

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