Phuture - We Are Phuture (Ricardo Villalobos Phutur I – IV Remixes)
Get Physical’s 16th year continues to serve up plenty of excellent and exciting new music with this, an EP full of mesmeric remixes from the one and only Ricardo Villalobos.
The source material here is the classic ‘We Are Phuture’ by pioneering Chicago acid outfit, Phuture. The ‘Spankys Spirit Survive Remix’ is included and the Chilean minimal techno hero serves up four of his own unique versions. Ricardo has been remixing for this label for well over a decade and just last year his ‘Hauswiedermischung’ version of Reboot’s ‘Are You Losing My Mind’ was one of the standout tracks on Get Physical Presents: Most Wanted (2017 Part. I). Once again here he is in fine form and proves he is in a class of one.
Up first is Phutur I Remix, which strips everything away to leave a fluttering snare line, rubber drums and minimal synth that shapeshifts for nearly ten minutes. Add in some trademark Villalobos vocals that are alien and unsettling and you have a real classic in the making. The Phutur II Remix is busier, with deft drums that ride up and down and have a spoken word vocal floating up top. Alien sound designs and occult acid all join the mix later on, while Phutur III sits somewhere in between. It’s masterfully arranged so as to get deep into your brain and freak you out endlessly. Last but not least, Phutur IV Remix has layers of drums and toms, hits and snares all wobbling away and pulling you deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole until the acid lines come in and take things up a notch.
All four of these remixes are essential tracks that prove Villalobos is still at the height of his powers, and as such they are sure to become regulars in his DJ sets throughout 2018.