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The highs and lows of planet minimal,
This review is from: Fabric 36 (Audio CD)
So Fabric sees its 2nd 'artist' mix. I find that you can draw alot of parallels with this mix and Pure Science's mix from early on in the series. Both mine a sparse hypnotic tech groove but where Pure Science hits Terry Francis-esque energy, Villalobos goes for low down deep shuffling rhythms.
Now I have an issue with Villalobos tracks. On the whole I've noticed that they are about 15-ish minutes long and feel like they last for about 10 minutes too long, so its nice to see some mixed up here and shortened, but still I feel the mix takes an age to get going. Plus the sparsity of the selection involved makes you feel like you've only ended up with 6 or 7 looping looping looping standout tracks.
However, there are some moments when you feel like the offkilter percussion and jazzy/latin licks are placed with genius, and moments when you lose yourself in ludicrious vocal moments like 4 Wheel Drive and the utterly fantastic Andruic And Japan.
Its just that there is not enough substance to it, not enough shifts in mood or sound. Sad. Especially since I know there is plenty in the minimal scene that is fantastic. Extra sad that I have it on report that Villalobos is an excellent live DJ too.