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A Mountain Of One - Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me

A Mountain Of One – Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me

Artist A Mountain Of One | Ricardo Villalobos
Title Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me
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Label Vicious Charm Recordings
Catalog Number CHARM2LP
Release Date 2023-11-13
Country UK
Style Downtempo | Minimal
 
Format 140 g | 2 x 12"
Media Condition Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition Mint (M)

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tom Ravenscroft at 6music amongst others. And now, in true AMO1 creative fashion they are presenting an off-shoot release of that album, one completely reimagined by the man, the myth: Ricardo Villalobos.
Much has been written and talked about when it comes to producer/DJ Ricardo Villalobos over the years.
The mercurial Chilean-German artist has consistently redefined the boundaries of techno and electronica over the past 30-years as a producer, whilst also traversing the world and expanding minds as a DJ who can equally delight as he does challenge.Like a great jazz drummer (he was a percussionist before discovering mixing records), Villalobos has not so much as broken “the rules” of structure as just created his own unique approach. One that is often surprising, ever open-minded, and clearly lead by whatever happens to be inspiring him at any given moment. Watching him work or hearing him play music always feels live and free. He’s an artist. And that is exactly how this (perhaps unlikely) collaborative album has come to light – but then this is Ricardo, so maybe we should all know by now that anything is possible.
Villalobos explains, “In my scientific search for some electroacoustic musical landscapes, the offer of remixing ‘Black Apple Pink Apple’ was just perfect for me… In general, the song writing is so very good and particular, with all the instruments played into a sequencer, so it was very inspiring to strip down these pop songs into my dubby extensions, taking only the drums, bass, and vocals of the song.” Expanding further, “After delivering the first remix, Mo and myself came up with the idea of reimagining the whole album in a new way, mixed simple with other ears and my inspirations, with a new and different point of view of what instruments are important to hold the song to bare itself.”
It says a lot, and somehow captures the essence of Ricardo’s approach to music (and life), that one remix soon evolved into a whole plethora of reimagined works, driven by a creative slipstream and a clear connection to the songs created by A Mountain of One.
Mo Morris provides more insight into his own connection with Villalobos, “I lived in Berlin back in 2002-04 and used to religiously go to dance to Rici at the after (after) hours parties: little, tiny events. And he just used to blow my mind, I hadn’t heard anything like it before (or since). Ultra-modern and forward thinking.”
Mo continues, “A good friend connected to Ibiza happenings introduced me to Ricardo as it transpired that he was a fan of our early material, so I sent him some demo’s when we were in the studio creating ‘Stars Planets Dust Me’ and he loved ‘Black Apple Pink Apple’. The relationship and collaboration grew from there really, and I hope that this release is still at the start of what we can all create together.”
Focussing in on the album at hand – ‘Ricardo Villalobos reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me’ – we are treated to a concept listen that guides us from dreamy daytime Balearic pop – staying very true to the original songs – all the way through to completely original deep dubby techno excursions. And to Villalobos fans, it will perhaps surprise (and hopefully delight) how light a touch he has provided to the opening tracks, focussing more on enhancing the sonics, and allowing the originals to shine brighter through remastering and mixing down. It’s in these moments that we see Ricardo as a pure music fan, needing not overly change or alter what’s already been created, but simply doing what he can to maximise what’s already there.
What will certainly delight Ricardo fans are the four full ‘klub’ remixes provided of ‘Black Apple Pink Apple’, ‘Make My Love Grow’, ‘Softlanding’ and ‘Dealer’ that each boldly explore the outer regions of the dancefloor in a way that only Villalobos can.
Mo rounds off, “From an electronic and sonics standpoint he’s kind of out there on his own. It’s such a unique sound. Weatherall also had this, and Harvey has that unique flavour, and also people like Nils Frahm and Max Richter have this gift. It’s not an easy thing to produce. Ricardo has his own personal cosmic trademark.”
Indeed he does. Take a trip with him around the stars and planets and see for yourself.

Tracklist

A1 A Mountain Of One Star (Ricardo Villalobos Master) 7:34
A2 A Mountain Of One Custard Last Stand / AMO1 Ambient Version (Ricardo Villalobos Master) 9:46
B1 A Mountain Of One Make My Love Grow (Ricardo Villalobos Mix Down) 4:46
B2 A Mountain Of One Black Apple Pink Apple (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) 10:06
C1 A Mountain Of One Make My Love Grow (Ricardo Villalobos Make My Love Groove Remix) 11:53
C2 A Mountain Of One Softlanding (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) 10:33
D1 A Mountain Of One Dealer (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) 14:04

Specification: A Mountain Of One – Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me

Weight 390 g
A Mountain Of One – Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me
A Mountain Of One – Ricardo Villalobos Reimagines: Stars Planets Dust Me

39,00 

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