The people’s prince Ricardo Villalobos has again been charged with transforming a track into his own signature brand of minimal weirdness, with Prins Thomas handing over “C” from the album Principe Del Norte for Ricky to have his wicked way with. Twisting it, bending it and very nearly breaking it, the Chilean producer came out with two new cuts that dip in and out of sensible territory, building on squelching synths and snapshots of percussion to create typically mystifying dancefloor conundrums. Out now on Norwegian imprint Smalltown Supersound, the tracks will give those not in the know a decent idea of what to expect when Villalobos plays in Leeds and Manchester early next month.
Villalobos has become one of dance music’s cult heroes through years of leading the party by example, and is undoubtedly one of the biggest hitters in the increasingly popular minimal house movement. His blend of empty space microhouse and freaky stripped down disco has become one of the most recognisable sounds in European dance music, though he’s perhaps most revered for his early morning through afternoon sets, particularly the ones shared with favourite sparring partner Craig Richards back before Fabric was forced to close. He’ll be returning to the UK on Saturday 5th November as he takes to Manchester’s The Warehouse Project as a guest of Jackmaster and Numbers before setting up camp at Leeds’ MiNT Club for the later hours of a night that also includes Tuskegee co-founder Seth Troxler. Catch him there and see if the man lives up to all the hype.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Villalobos