Ricardo Villalobos, Salvador

Philip Sherburne

By Philip Sherburne

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A collection that navigates the space between no-nonsense Frankfurt techno and the syncopated rhythms of Cuba and Brazil.

Ricardo Villalobos 'Salvador collects seven of his early tracks produced between 1998 and 2001 for the label Frisbee Tracks. At the time, the future superstar DJ and former percussion student was living in Frankfurt and beginning to gig abroad; the album finds him navigating the space between no-nonsense Frankfurt techno, marked by machinic timbres and a hint of trance, and the syncopated rhythms he had studied in Cuba and Brazil. Nothing here is quite as convoluted as Alcachofa, but you can hear hints of his current style in the dusky undulations of "Que Belle Epoque 2006."