Villalobos* ‎– Alcachofa

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Playhouse ‎– Playhouse cd08
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Companies, etc.

  • Distributed ByEFA – EFA 56408-2
  • Distributed ByNeuton
  • Distributed ByRough Trade
  • Manufactured BySony DADC – A0100471546-0101

Credits

Notes

Published by a friend.

First edition distributed by EFA (catalog number on spine). The repress doesn't have the EFA number.

After EFA went bankrupt, remaining copies were given a sticker stating "Now distributed by Neuton and Rough Trade."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 7 18755 64082 1
  • Barcode (String): 718755640821
  • Label Code: LC10939
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony DADC A0100471546-0101 15
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94V7

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PLAY083, playhouse 83 Villalobos* Alcachofa(3x12", Album) Playhouse, Playhouse PLAY083, playhouse 83 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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

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MyUniqueUsername

MyUniqueUsername

September 21, 2017
It is utterly absurd that no label has stepped up to reissue Alcachofa on vinyl that includes Y.G.H., What You Say, and Fool's Garden. 4x12 would be fine by me. Make it happen.
hubert1978

hubert1978

February 3, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Waiworinao! What a track! This guy is my real hero. Ricardo, salut! Greetings from Poland.
mijajo

mijajo

February 18, 2014
Hey i know a way to get an affordable copy of this. A repress is coming. Then sharks are scared that this might be true. Oh, prices are going down :) REPRESS COMING SOON IN YOUR FAVOURITE RECORDSTORE..
Alex_Celler

Alex_Celler

September 20, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

It is very hard to put in context simply how important this album is for the history of electronic music. I have kept note of some of my favorite quotes about this album over the years. RA's editor in chief Todd L. Burns says '' Τhe particular genius of Alcachofa is that you only realized that things like "Easy Lee" and "Dexter" were classics after you listened to them for the second, third or 15th time. It's a nearly impossible trick, making tracks that kept you dancing but which still give up new secrets each time that you hear them. Seven years later, we're still hearing things.'' Whereas Andy Kellman of Allmusic commented that Villalobos "is in complete control of his machines at all times, and he makes them do strange things that no one else can''.

For me personally, one of the most striking characteristics of this album is the fact that it sounds nothing, nothing like the music of that era. As we went into 2003, It seemed like techno had realized a big part of it's potential. I vividly remember a friend telling me (unseemly) then that ''electronic music can't go on forever, you simply can't reinvent the kickdrum''. Yet, Ricardo, came along with this album and said to everyone: ''This is how fresh and original can electronic music still sound.'' And so Alcachofa does. It truly sounds futuristic, as if it came from 15-20 years ahead of it's time. It might sound like a cliche, but Ricardo Villalobos is truly and without doubt on level of his own, light years ahead of the best producers around back then and today.

Even a quick examination of all the aspects of this album gives it a clean 10/10: Ricardo's mastery of his modular systems and machines, along with his incredible sense of rhythm and spark for song-creation is the basis of the success of this album. Thus, it's sound-design it's one of the freshest, most innovate, expensive & intricate sounding since a very, very long time. Programming-wise it's a masterclass of arrangement, groove creation and ingenious blend of drums, soundscapes and noises; it also has a very live-played feel which and in many cases it seems to be free from the ''step-sequencing'' approach, at least this is how it sounds to me. Aesthetically this album is a true marvel too: in contrast to the euphoria of the 90's, Ricardo produces a much more melancholic and darker sounding album which has helped push the genre in a deeper, more esoteric approach, essentially helping establish the deeper side of techno sound which thrives today, 10 years later. Deep and intelligent electronic dance music at it's best. I heard people say that that this album is the perfect soundtrack to the afterparty, however the truth is that this works perfect in any situation: in the club, in the after, at home, an the car.

Having said the above, the cherry on the pie and one of the greatest achievements in Alcacofa is, in my opinion, that all of the above is executed perfectly in dancefloor orientated context and that the tracks are not simply groovy dance tracks, weird sound design or tools... They are mature songs, full songs which you can whistle, you can remember and you can sign. Alcachofa is so good, that if Ricardo was to stop releasing music today, this album alone would be enough to place him amongst the crème de la crème of the best producers around. Ricardo is truly an asset for electronic music as a whole.

After writing the above and after listening again to Alcachofa the following question comes to mind immediately: If Ricardo could make such amazing music in 2003, how good can his music be 10 years later in 2013? A visit in Fabric, Robert Johnson or Get Perlonized @ Panorama - places where Ricardo plays regularly extended sets - can reveal how far this man has come: 30 or 25-minute long tracks played from his messy CD collection which are so brilliant that, when sober, can make the honest listener feel high and when high, will make you truly freak out. Is this music released? Nope. Will it ever be released? I hope some of it will, for the benefit of electronic music and for the inspiration they will bring to the younger generations.

Until then Alcachofa still offers so much to be inspired from. Frankly, ten years later, it seems that this album hasn't aged a day, easily surpassing some of nowadays most hyped and most forward thinking releases.

Thank you, Ricardo.. We all owe you.
4saint

4saint

November 13, 2012
Ricardo is a genius! Deep & experimental album. Got it on vinyl...
spoons

spoons

June 12, 2008

Mesmerizing! Leaves you stunned if you sit and take the whole album in one undisturbed hit in a darkened room. Deep, hypnotic and strange.
Not produced in Dolby 5.1 unlike Hawtins DE 9 Transitions but still works really well if played on a home cinema system in Pro-logic with the woofer turned up. If there's a better Minimal Techno album around I'd love to hear it. A must for serious Techno lovers. I want the vinyl version now!
raijinseller

raijinseller

March 17, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Essential purchase.
Ricardo layers organic rhythms over odd noises and melodies.
Hypnotic and trance inducing to the max.. seems to slow time to crawl.
If you like this, check out Dandy Jack - who he has worked closely with.
Acceleratedbeats

Acceleratedbeats

December 2, 2003
I call this the release of 2003 as far as tech-house or electro goes. It's very hypnotic... almost as if you forget that you are listening to it, and then all of a sudden you realize that only six minutes has gone by on the track and you feel like you've been sitting in the same position for a month. Most tracks have unsettling sludgy sounds. ALL TRACKS on this release are very good, making it a must buy. The vinyl LP has additional songs not released on CD.