Ela Minus, DJ Python, Ricardo Villalobos – Abril Lluvias Mil (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
Strap in, because Ricardo Villalobos’ remix of Ela Minus and DJ Python’s Abril Lluvias Mil is over 40 minutes long. Yes. Forty. Minutes. That’s long enough to cook a lasagna, watch an episode of Friends, and take a power nap. But is it really necessary?
Let’s be clear: the music is good. This is vintage Villalobos, reminding us why he’s considered one of the greatest electronic music producers of all time. His best remixes tear into the bowels of a track, feeling more like an archaeological dig unearthing stems and loops. And when he finds his groove, he isn’t afraid to go long, giving an idea of the space it needs to fully develop (and possibly an additional 10 minutes more).
Does Abril Lluvias Mil truly need to be 40 minutes long? Probably not. The original track is a slow burn, sure, with Minus’s haunting vocals set against Python’s deep dembow beat. Villalobos focuses on those vocals specifically, turning her already melancholy lyrics sadder and stranger. He drops the dembow and opens in media res on an atmospheric and shuddering techno beat. And it works.
But at some point, you have to wonder if Villalobos is just being Villaverbose. Does a track need to be over 40 minutes long to make a statement? Maybe not, but you can’t deny that the move is Villalobold.In the age of the algorithm, he’s making it clear that he’s not going to change his tune to score a viral trend, and that’s badass.
So, shock factor aside, is Abril Lluvias Mil worth listening to? Absolutely. It’s a slow-burning, atmospheric track that’s perfect for getting lost in. Just make sure you have a lot of time on your hands. And if you’re a DJ, good luck playing this in its entirety.
Listen to Abril Lluvias Mil (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) below.
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