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Label:Playhouse – PLAY083, Playhouse – playhouse 83
3 x Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album
Style:Tech House, Minimal Techno


AEasy Lee10:10
C1Bahaha Hahi7:34
C2La Raja6:02
DI Try To Live (Can I Live)9:22
E2Fusion The Enemies7:18

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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 Ricardo Villalobos - Alcachofa.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A): play083 A ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B): play083 B ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side C): play083 C ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side D): play083 D ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side E): play083 E ⓡ at D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side F): play083 F ⓡ at D&M
  • Barcode: 661956338311
  • Label Code: LC10939
  • Other: mon 2003

Other Versions (5 of 8)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Alcachofa (CD, Album)PlayhousePlayhouse cd08Germany2003
Alcachofa (CD, Album, Promo, Card Sleeve)PlayhousePlayhouse cd08Germany2003
New Submission
Alcachofa (3×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Promo)PlayhousePLAY083Germany2003
Alcachofa (CD, Album, Reissue)Playhouse, PlayhousePlay CD08, playhouse CD08Germany2005
Alcachofa (3×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Repress)Playhouse, PlayhousePLAY083, playhouse 83Germany2011
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Edited 7 months ago
I'd been out of techno and clubbing for a bit. Things were too heated by the end of the millennium, and there was definitely a malaise afterwards that I felt in the releases. So, I went to other places for kicks. I remember hearing early micro house stuff on Playhouse, Perlon mille plateaux and Canadian labels which I loved but I couldn't imagine it being played in a club at the time.

Mates were getting excited though, and when Alcachofa came out it was definitely a moment... the opposite of all the drumcode BS that I was burned on.

Maybe techno isn't just for vapid dickheads on ecstasy?

This, and the sleeparchive stuff brought me back to the fold. Never looked back...
thijsdev's profile picture
Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress! Repress!
willww88's profile picture
This needs a repress, hopefully including missing tracks from the CD.
dombesz's profile picture
A repress is much needed, those prices are crazy .
lobusparietalis's profile picture
Does anyone know if Y.G.H is only on CD version ? That is the song that makes me want the rec. so much. such a great piece
Neto91's profile picture
Anyone open to selling just the 2nd disc (C/D) at a reasonable price, PM me.
massimodenaro's profile picture
Dexter-Cocoon-Amnesia.....Fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly fly.
VazgenSolwork's profile picture
I really don't get WHY there's no a proper repress for both wax and cd versions of Alcachofa..... :(((
Thetheo's profile picture
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 !
KEGWAN's profile picture
re-issue. I've wanted this records for ages. I can bring myself to pay over 100 for a used record!