At the weekend Sven Väth took his stellar record label to Leeds for the annual Cocoon In The Park festival. Naturally he brought his friends Dixon, Carl Cox, Seb Zito and Enzo Sirigusa to the shindig but it was one set from a certain Ricardo Villalobos that everyone's talking about.
Never one to shy away from playing weird and obscure cuts, his set has been widely slammed by those in attendance. The Cocoon FB page lit up with disgruntled punters who felt he 'killed' the vibe and delivered one of the 'worst sets' they'd ever heard.
While we don't necessarily disagree with the hoardes of angry festival-goers, we do think people are calling his music 'complete shit' is pretty unjustified. Anyone who's seen Ricardo in action before knows he doesn't stick to the 'bangers' and rarely does he play exactly what the crowd wants. Whether you love or hate what he does, the selector has given dance music so much since his domination started.
Yeah he probably played a few tracks that threw the audience. Of course he wasn't facing the crowd the entire time, he's busy picking his next vinyl record and dancing like nobody's watching. He didn't fit well in between Carl Cox and Papa Sven? That's the programmers fault, not his.
Anyway, here are five reasons why Ricardo is still one of the biggest dons in the game. Trust us.
1 He rules Fabric every time he plays there
Now when King Ricardo rolls up to Fabric, the game changes. Bearing in mind the club usually stays open till around 8am, Villalobos doesn't even start till around 6am and his sets have been known to carry on through till 1pm. Never have we seen a busier main room than when Ricardo is in session. Of the numerous times we've seen him play a marathon set at Fabric, it's been a colossal experience, littered with rolling house, trippy synths and the occasional tangent, but then it's not a Ricardo set without a tangent or two.
Ricardo in RM1 on 16/05/15 by Nick Ensing
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3We know it's a little late, but we just wanted to say a big thankyou to all the ravers for making the last Ricardo Villalobos night so special.xxx<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3Posted by fabriclondon on Thursday, 28 May 2015
This video taken earlier in the year sums up what a night at Fabric with Ricky V is like. Oh and he played this track at Cocoon in the Park as well ;)
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