Loco Dice & Ricardo Villalobos - Green & Blue
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Loco Dice & Ricardo Villalobos
Green & Blue

Judging from the photos on the liner notes of the small booklet that accompanies this double CD mix, the Green & Blue Open Air club is a venue that features good music, drinking, and some scantily-clad people getting their groove on. There are plenty of trees (green) and several pools (blue), and featured DJs have included Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, and of course now Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos. Good times, eh?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't follow dance music as closely as I used to, and even the name Loco Dice didn't ring a big bell for me. It turns out that in addition to having a residency at Ibiza, though, he's also been a hip-hop star and producer. Most people already know of Ricardo Villalobos for his insanely steady line of singles (and a couple full lengths) in the minimal dance realm, but interestingly enough the two have put together relatively similar sets on Green & Blue.

The Loco Dice mix favors mostly deep and juicy house cuts (he personally has referred to his style as "chunky"), and he rumbles through tracks by Alexander East, Bearback, Philip Bader, and even one cut by himself. His best moments arrive about one-third of the way into the mix with DJ Red's slippery, but tech-laced "Rame" cracking off into Reiky's glitchy house cut "Fucky." Other than the tweaked-out disco-mix of "Futurist" by Loude, his mix is mostly fairly straightforward, keeping a fairly even keel of grooving house.

Those hoping for a mindbending mix from Villalobos will probably still have to hold out hope for a Fabric mix from him, as his mix is much less subtle and measured than his output as an artist. Like Loco Dice, his favored genre is house, and while he does take a couple welcome detours (as on the gurgling, funk-house of Robag Wruhme's "Wortkabular" or Luci's 8-bit tech house rumbler "My Dry Valentine"), he mainly sticks to more well-known artists like Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, Donnacha Castello and John Tejada. I imagine (especially based on the setting) that the mix is more about Villalobos just letting loose and having a blast rather than trying to create a groundbreaking mix, and in that he (and both Loco Dice) succeed. Overall, there isn't a great deal of variety on the two discs, and despite being recorded to sound board, you can hear some whistling and yelling in the background at points during the mix (if that sort of thing bothers you). As mentioned above, it's not going to brain anyone, but it's perfect for hot summer days when you want to check your brain at the door.

rating: 710
Aaron Coleman 2006-06-15 21:06:07