In recent times the Chilean connection has become
synonymous with the current minimal
explosion sweeping the world, but our own young Ricardo's
influences are rather less predictable,
preferring instead to draw the unlikely dots between Goa
trance and shoegaze.
Identifying a common atmospheric feel in the two seemingly
disparate genres and combining this with his overriding love
of melody has given birth to Ricardo's own production style:
sometimes warm and fuzzy, sometimes devastating on the
dancefloor, and always intensely musical.
Here the aptly titled lead track 'El Sunset' is ideal for those
late summer open-air outings: a haunting spine-tingler,
perfectly executed using a delicate hand, and bearing
witness to Mr Tobar's exemplary taste and a real production
Flipside 'Made' meanwhile is soaring, driving and euphoric, a
slice of electronic-rock bombast that lovers of novelty genre
names might well dub nu-gaze (or perhaps even nu-shoe?!).
Finally, 'Tickets' plays us out with yet more cascades of
heart-wrenching melodies, just pleading with you to flip back
over and start listening all over again.
Although 'El Sunset' is undoubtedly the club killer here, the
rest of the package is certainly no filler, and we urge you to
enjoy this release in all its perfect home-listening entirety.
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