Ricardo Villalobos
Vasco
(Perlon)

Chilean techno producer Ricardo Villalobos has accrued so much goodwill among dance-music fans he could basically coast at this point, but one of the nice things about Vasco is how engaged it sounds. It consists of four tracks in 70 minutes, which might seem like an exercise in tedium, especially since each cut explores only a handful of motifs—a glossy, squiggling keyboard riff-and-variations on "Amazordum," various percussion interjections all over the thick bass drops and subdued string pads of "Minimoonstar (Full Session)." Yet even the latter, clocking in at nearly 32 minutes, seems to move forward even while standing still enough to admire like a statue. recommended

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