Reigning man-of-the-moment Ricardo Villalobos turns in a typically restless thirteen-minute percussive squirm, spraying the original—like a fire hose—over a steady 4/4 thud while hats skip across the surface. Swathes of pads, muffled and ghostly, waft by, a slight dub tremor surfaces, and later an oboe solo introduces melody before skidding to a close in a cloud of glitch and static. This blend of seemingly disordered scatter and regimented rhythm is unmistakeably Villalobos, and one of his most joyously functional recent productions.
The B-side takes a more faithful route, with aquatic dubster Thomas Fehlmann working with Tiel’s Bus partner and Shikatapult boss Daniel Meteo to transform ‘Toninas’ into a swampy blend of rhythmic sludge. The 4/4 resurfaces, slower and caked in organ-toned mud, like many a track from Fehlmann’s ‘Honigpumpe’, while Thiel’s role is more difficult to determine. It’s a great exercise in thick, dubby techno, but the activity in the Villalobos gets the nod here.