Weirdo minimal to keep dancers riveted.
Each of Mandela Move's four tracks are about 13-minutes long, which means they were probably subject to some judicious editing (Villalobos regularly submits full 30-minute recordings to labels, leaving others to decide which parts to use). The editing helps. Though each track is its own vortex of damp, squiggly texture and fussy drum patterns, they are primed for club use. Even the most standard, "Mandela Move," becomes an unexpectedly bumpy ride as it disappears into pockets of processing. Hi-hats and snares slam back in assertively before disappearing, as if Villalobos couldn't keep control of them. "Ectroscop" features a deep, writhing bassline that occasionally gets squeezed by Villalobos's dense arrangement.
Mandela Move bears some resemblance to Villalobos's last major release, Empirical House, but something about his latest record feels more fun and carefree. There's a goofy moment in "Beetglass" in which the distinctive clatter of the iPhone keyboard sounds, a disorienting moment that calls back to the messenger notification heard in "Tu Actitud" from 2012's Dependent And Happy. The track is unusually rollicking, with unsubtle snares and whistling synths. But along with the rest of Mandela Move, it will also keep dancers riveted.