- Ricardo Villalobos and Umho, Chilean electronic producers who work with the rhythms of their homeland, have apparently been friends for over 20 years. The latter is another Chilean electronic producer working with the rhythms of his homeland. While the two have played and toured together, this is their first joint release.
Perhaps it's more accurate to say this is their first track together; the titular B-side is a solo Villalobos cut. The collaborative track, "Por Suerte," starts with modular synth gurgles, whistles and groans before a staticky beat and percussion finally sprout. These are the main elements for almost 15 minutes—an additional synth drone and a funky bassline adds more flavor—but the whole thing breathes with an organic evolution that feels serene, rich and energizing. By contrast, "Melo De Melo" starts with a familiar techno pulse, only to introduce a scratchy, dissonant violin loop at the midpoint. This unexpected turn saves the track—the violin goes on to disintegrate and devolve—otherwise it's fairly desultory. It's the type of curveball Villalobos excels at.
A Ricardo Villalobos & Umho - Por Suerte
B Ricardo Villalobos - Melo De Melo