'Fizheuer Zieheuer', Villalobos's first proper offering on Playhouse since 2003's seminal 'Alcachofa' LP, is sure to bring about similarly mixed reactions. Clocking in at a whopping thirty-seven minutes, spread over two sides of vinyl, it's the first side where the action is. The unwavering 4/4 kick makes the track surprisingly club-friendly, but really just serves to provide a framework within which Villalobos can test out and play with more curious, disorienting microrhythms.
Depending on your taste and your dancefloor, you'll love or loathe this unashamed experimentalism, but be sure to listen out for the brass stabs buried deep in the mix and wait for the pay-off: a rousing horn fanfare, apparently sliced from the Chilean national anthem, which bursts triumphantly from the speakers before being swallowed back into that relentless percussive chug - a percussive chug which then drones onto Side B for a further (dull) 20 minutes.
This epic 12" will give the haters plenty to hate on, but those who take an interest in Ricardo's excursions to techno's outer limits will find themselves handsomely rewarded.