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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 05:02 AM #1 Villalobos at Fabric...
Teaser Techno...

Though not a New York-based event, and despite being a particularly sensitive topic due to the fact that Villalobos will not play in the US, I felt compelled to share my night with the Ism

I'll begin by saying that any DJ who can manage to tease, taunt and knock my musical compass off kilter deserves the utmost respect and applause.

None of this may be news to anyone who's either experienced Villalobos live or been to Fabric, or above all, done both simultaneously... But for the sake of codifying a night that awakened my spirit, I felt obligated to describe Ricardo at Fabric by whatever means possible.

The man is an utter master of surprise, pacing, bpm tweaking, arcs, and for lack of a better explanation, elevating and arranging sounds to their fullest potential and for maximum impact. To merely say he has a sense of timing is a gross oversimplification. His long, drawn out and tantalizing builds toy with you and can sometimes be maddening until finally culminating - and always delivering.

His exactitude in working in his mids, kicks and bass keeps you thinking and alert for the duration of his set...waiting to see where he'll take it next, keeping you moving, and leaving you in a state where you constantly feel at the precipice of what's to come.

When you add the skillful layering of acoustical arrangements, sparse and sneaky vocal samples, guitar riffs, and jazz melodies, one can say that he has developed a fully rounded brand of techno that largely dismisses any and all criticisms of the genre with unarguable finesse.

Three or so tracks before the end of his 3.5 hour set, he dropped Higher State of Consciousness. I felt that as a single track, and one most of us are familiar with, it actually can help to illustrate some aspects of the overall sensibility of RV's 'brand' of timing. Slow, teasing and irregular in its builds, its predictability and adherence to standard measures are stretched slightly beyond typical and move in the direction of Villalobos' style of delivery.

As for Fabric, it's been far too long I haven't thrown myself headlong into a hardened European club experience. I was taken aback by nostalgia associated with the sheer number of people and multiple dark underground levels. However, the labyrinthine halls and staircases lined with discarded minds and scattered puddles of people utterly useless to themselves was quite luckily offset by the the music, overall energy, and myriad environments available to choose from.

Add a dash of familiar New Yorker faces, new friends, an inflatable picture frame and an old school rave circle danceoff, and my night was unequivocally the most satisfying musical adventure I've had in several years.

Thanks to all who joined me!

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 05:28 AM #2
im totally framing this picture
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 09:21 AM #3
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 09:24 AM #4
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Damn I wish I coulda stated.
if it's any consolation...we talked about you all night
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:18 AM #8
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Teaser Techno...
But for the sake of codifying a night that awakened my spirit,

It's impossible this thing before me. As big as my eyeball!
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:22 AM #9
Wanna split another one?

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:31 AM #10
i've tried several times to "get" villalobos via his dj sets, etc.

nothing.

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:35 AM #11
I'll have what she's having --->
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:38 AM #12
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i've tried several times to "get" villalobos via his dj sets, etc.

nothing.

I think I can understand that

I tried to capture that in the beginning of my 'review' - he challenges conventions and makes 'getting' what he's doing a totally different game, I can see how it can just feel downright inaccessible to some, in certain contexts, etc.
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:57 AM #13
i caught him..richie..and magda @ Fabric a while back..they tore shit up
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 11:25 AM #14
that's an amazing review

i have yet to experience rv, but i was at fabric for the first time a few weeks back and with the right music and familiar faces i feel like that place has the capacity to awaken the spirit in anyone
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 03:05 PM #15
Yet another amazing night at Fabric....super packed and rubbed against but regardless of that I had a blast. It was really great to see so many people out from NYC and our xpats too Thanks so much for my surprise birthday appearance Miss Chief!
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Thanks so much for my surprise birthday appearance Miss Chief!


so. much. fun.
i miss you guys something crazy!

twas quite the reunion.
i even think i spotted a certain exrobotdeutschecracka
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 05:07 PM #17
nice read mischief.

so envious of all of you guys that made the trek to one of my favorite clubs to hear one of my favorite djs.

sounds like it was one for the books. that's what it's all about.

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 06:16 PM #18
Ricardo makes it interesting! I haven't seen him since, I think, 2000.

Very well written review BTW. Great read!
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 06:32 PM #19
Great Review. But I hate Fabric. I had a Bad exp there Prior to moving out of london.

Never Again.

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 07:13 PM #20
Great review!!!

I love that pic Who took it??
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 08:03 PM #21 Thumbs up Awesome review
It makes me SICK that I haven't been to Fabric. I've heard so many tell me what a great joint it is and I regret many times that I did not move to London after NYC as I planned...alas, my life is here now, what can I do. I ain't gonna lie, it took me some time to warm up to Mr. Villalobos. But there's no doubt that dude is amazingly talented. I'd love to see him live. Very envious of your experience...fab picture Miss Chief! I just may have to fly out there to catch him in action.
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 08:25 PM #22
Rico Loco!!! Nobody else comes close. I got the early review from Sami and he said Ricardo had been playing well - he also caught him in Paris and Barcelona in the last two weeks before Fabric. Bastard .

Glad you guys had fun!! Did Taji make it out or did she stay home like a good girl? More pics please.

3.5hrs is not even much time for Ricardo...just imagine what the man does given 10+ hrs. I've had that pleasure 2x and damn!! He is ridiculous.
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 09:57 PM #23
excellent review. Ive seen him play two times. Once, he completely blew my mind. The second time, it was unbearable. both were at Cocoon in Ibiza. The two sets couldnt be more different. The first time he was playing this strange blend of techno and very organic sounding jazzy house with a weird psychedelic edge and trippy tribal leanings. It was one of the more memorable experiences I've had with dance music. There was something quite mystical about it, so much so that it felt almost dreamlike. To this day, I've never heard anything like it. The second time, wasnt necessarily bad, just really boring and obvious eurotechno with no real feeling. If I didnt have such an amazing time hearing him the first time, maybe my expectations wouldnt have been so high. Regardless, every dj has their good and bad sets. but with Ricardo, the good days are more than just good.

just my two cents...

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:23 PM #24
i was lucky enough to catch villalobos at fabric last fall. jaw dropping. one hour of that night can be downloaded here:

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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:26 PM #25
great review! i first went to fabric in 2000 or so, and it's remained high on my list of favorite clubs
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Unread Monday, Jun 30th 2008, 10:49 PM #26
Sounds like you had a fun night.
That zingy MILFY feeling................
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