"Intensely melodic electronic music" is a pretty spot on description of Chilean producer Ricardo Tobar's output. His creations suck you in and make you listen, leaving you feeling equal parts entranced and sharpened.
With around 15 years of producing under his belt, it's no surprise he's perfected these cinematic and melodic qualities in his music, which have been shared with the world via imprints like Border Community, Correspondant, ESP Institute and more recently on Amsterdam's MUSAR, which also marks the home of his next EP coming complete with a remix from the inimitable S.O.N.S.
Channeling similar sonic characteristics in his DJ sets, he leads the charge for this week's Wednesday Alternative mix, treating us to a mix of rich melodic electronics.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
Hi, I'm Ricardo Tobar from Chile. Currently, I'm located somewhere in Patagonia and I'm a lot of things.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
It probably sounds like unfinished drawings.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my current home in a little office there.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Wherever you feel like it really.
What should we be wearing?
Something or nothing that makes you feel comfortable.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Outside in nature. no system preferred.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Basic Rhythm 'Palace of the peacock' and Ricardo Villalobos 'Unflug'.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Not sure I have a favourite one.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I never had one, I used to mix at my friend's place.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Maybe to those youtube videos of vath-hawtin-luciano-villalobos b2b parties that seemed quite the thing.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both and everything in the middle.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I can't remember the first one but the last one I think it was a Cocteau Twins album.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Almost all of them.
Anything else we need to discuss?
conrad schnitzler - 05_1975 B
d-day - sweet sultan
ricardo villalobos - unflug
basic rhythm - palace of the peacock
luis - frutto
ibon - svever
leon vynehall - snakeskin has been
cavern of anti-matter - hot electric insect
sleep d - centro
overmono - if u ever
asmus odsat - soften the clocks
tengger - dancing
acemo, les sins - can't take it anymore
teno afrika - conka
chris & cosey - dancing ghosts
pearson sound - cobwebs
dj plead - going for it
u-ziq - secret stair #2
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