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V36 Fabric Import


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2007 release, part of the ongoing fabulous Fabric mix series. Chilean microhouse producer Ricardo Villalobos took his entry in the Fabric mix series in a slightly different direction than most. Instead of compiling his favorite Electronic tracks and shouting himself out a time or two, Ricardo's Fabric 36 mix features one common thread: all the tunes are brand new Villalobos compositions (including several with collaborators).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Headphone Commute Review March 30 2008
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The label created by the London's club Fabric, and known for their mix CDs, featuring sounds from some staple names like Carl Craig, Adam Beyer, and even John Digweed, brings you its 36th installment of minimal tech house by Ricardo Villalobos. Born in Santiago, Chile, Villalobos moved to Germany at the age of three. At the age of 24 (1994) he released his first EP on Playhouse, followed by a debut LP almost 9 years later, titled Alcachofa, on the same label. Since then, Villalobos has been enjoying a stream of consistent quality minimal, micro, and tech house releases. Villalobos' three other aliases are Bispeed Black, Richard Wolfsdorf, and Termiten; his most notable collaborations include Social Being with Justin McNulty, and Ric Y Martin with Santiago born Martin Schopf (aka Dandy Jack). Fabric 36 is a continuous mix, compiled of mostly Villalobos' tracks and mixed by himself - it thus can be treated as an album. The rhythms are simple, light and groovy, and I loose myself in the hypnotic sound over and over, as the tracks effortlessly blend into one another, and ride on. This may come off counter-intuitive for some critics of techno, but I often use such minimal sound as a tool: to relax, clear my mind, and on occasion even cure a headache. Recommended if you like Matthew Dear (False), Dominik Eulberg, Marc Houle and Gabriel Ananda.
A great way to get some of Villalobos's vinyl-only releases Aug. 16 2014
By Steward Willons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a unique entry in the Fabric series because rather than doing a compilation DJ set like everyone else, Ricardo Villalobos uses his own tracks exclusively. This is bound to be a polarizing release. Villalobos’s style is so unique. It’s some of the most subtle electronic music (or microhouse - whatever you want to call it) around. If you listen to his music through tiny computer speakers, it is the most boring music in the world because you’re missing all of the sonic detail. Villalobos’s tracks are very repetitive, very long, and very detailed at a microscopic level. You need good speakers and a quite environment to get the most out of his music, and the tracks on his Fabric release are no exception. That right there rules out this set for casual listeners who tend to like the standard Fabric mixes.

As a Villalobos lover, I think this is an amazing set. It contains a lot of tracks that have appeared only on vinyl, usually on obscure labels, and realistically, most of us have no hope of ever tracking them down. Plus, a few tracks on here like “Andruic & Japan” and “Fitzpatrick” come from Villalobos’s “Sei Es Drum” triple vinyl album, which sells for more than $100 on the rare occasions that it shows up for sale at all. The chance to own these tracks in a high quality format, as opposed to some MP3s that a guy made from a vinyl rip, is awesome.

For me, the inclusion of “Andruic & Japan” is worth the price of the set alone. I realize that some people just hate this track. I love it because a) the beat is amazing, b) the seemingly non-sensical ramblings of the monologue are mysterious in a way that makes me so curious as to what is being said, really, and c) because of the superimposed tyco drumming. The Japanese tyco drum samples are so cool because they make the track truly polyrhythmic. In technical terms, the quarter note triplet becomes the new quarter note for the tyco parts, such that they are, in effect, playing at one-third the speed of the rest of the track. But, since their tempo is clearly derived from the original tempo, it all fits. It’s strange, but it fits. This is an incredibly hip thing for an electronic track to do. You hear this stuff in jazz and in afro-cuban music a lot, but not in house/techno/microhouse. I’m not sure if my explanation will help anyone enjoy it more, but it at least explains part of what makes the track interesting from a compositional perspective.

For Villalobos fans, this is essential listening. If you’re generally a microhouse fan, but you’re not too familiar with Villalobos, I would recommend starting with Alcachofa, as it is his most easily accessible work. If you just like electronic music and you tend to dig Fabric mixes, I would approach this with caution. You might love it, but it’s atypical. If you’re an adventurous listener and you like to explore new styles of electronic music, I highly recommend checking out Villalobos; but, I would not recommend starting here. Again, Alcachofa is really the place to begin. Then check out “The Au Harem D’Archimede,” which is an absolute masterpiece.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Another Miss in the Minimal World Feb. 12 2008
By CloudMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Fabric series is disputeably the leader in pumping out minimalist albums. Fabric 36 is yet another with Ricardo Villalobos contributing to this oversaturated genre. All tracks are produced by himself which gives the set its intential feel of one long unmixed track. For my tastes, unimpressive and dull after a few listens.
Another Fabric album to put in the "don't like" pile. I hope this minimalist movement takes a turn for the better with a little more creativitiy. The last 2 years has seen far too many crappy albums. Fabric 36 included.
2/5 stars.
This cd is pretty sick. Dec 28 2010
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful mix from Villalobos. I am a huge fan. There is one track on it (#9 Andruic & Japan) that is very weird though. It gets annoying because of how upfront it is. It's just very loud and can almost make you feel uncomfortable. You'd just have to sample it. We usually just skip that track. But still one track out of 14 other amazing ones is still worth it to me. I love the other tracks, they are so groove worthy. I definitely recommend this CD to Villalobos fans. When listening to minimal or him you know what to expect with some surprises as well. This is a Win.
A self-indulgent mess Oct. 22 2012
By justin PL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This mix is when Ricardo was going off in a lot of different directions and struggling against the fact that minimal was starting to get stale. It was around the time he was making his 30 minute tracks. You can hear him dabbling with a lot of different experimental sounds, but unfortunately that's what this mix sounds like: a not particularly successful experiment. The Kabuki track in the middle absolutely kills the groove and makes me skip forward every time. You can make an argument that it is interesting listening music, but that's not what I purchase Fabric mix CDs for--I want to hear the latest dance floor sounds and a groove. It's a shame because parts of the mix do show what he is capable of, particularly towards the end with "Won't you tell me" going into the Latin American track which would have had quite a triumphant effect, were it not for the mess of a mix that preceded it.

Ricardo is one of the few DJs and producers that truly earned a right to make a Fabric mix of all his own work. He has a special relationship with the club and is probably the single biggest driving influence on what used to be branded as "minimal" house and techno that influenced club music for over a decade. It's just a shame that what could have been a lasting and compelling artist statement from this seminal DJ instead resulted in a deflating, forgettable mess.


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