Ricardo Tobar (ESP Institute / Musar/ Correspondant)

Available for: Live / DJ Set

Territory: Worldwide


Ricardo Tobar releaases “Liturgia” on ESP Institute


Ricardo Tobar hails from the seaside town of Viña del Mar in Chile, but he began to make waves across the world with his brand of intensely melodic electronic music.

His first vinyl calling card released into the world was his Agoria’s and James Holden’s supported debut 12” ‘El Sunset‘ on Border Community in 2007. The haunting, spine tingling ‘El Sunset’ came backed with the equally striking ‘Made’ and the cascading melodies of ‘Tickets’, a neat snapshot of Ricardo’s musical diversity.

After that, a series of acclaimed EPs followed: “Boy Love Girl EP” (Border Community 2008), “With You” (Traum Schallplatten 2008) and “Mi Pieza Está Llena De Cosas” (Traum Schallplatten 2009) dominated the alternative clubs where the heady and sweaty live show from Ricardo was known. Touring the world for the following years ended up with a full residency in Paris where the complete French connection arrived in 2012 with the release on French label In Paradisum of the highly addictive single “Esoteric/Carnaval”.

Enviably unfettered by the minimal or the EDM spell which has currently entranced the world’s dancefloors, Ricardo’s own influences come from a less predictable place, joining the dots between trance and UK shoegaze, jazz and punk, new age and noise. Identifying a common atmospheric feel in the seemingly disparate genres and combining this with his own overriding love of melody has given birth to Ricardo’s own sound: sometimes warm and fuzzy, sometimes devastating on the dancefloor, and always intensely musical.

Ricardo released “Treillis”, his long awaited 1st album, in 2013 on established French label Desire (Ike Yard, Monotone, etc). With a great reception, Resident Advisor gave it a 4/5, two selected singles from the album came to surface: “If I Love You” and “Hundreds/Garden”. The full trilogy was completed with remixes and support from Daniel Avery, Bass Clef, D’Marc Cantu, Samuel Kerridge and Low Jack.

His second album came out in 2015 on Cocoon Recordings after Sven Väth’s direct call to colaborate with him. Simple titled as «Collection» it compiled unreleased songs from 2009 to 2014. Not compromising his own style, it won him a « masterpiece » by Les Inrocks and gained him features on Dj Mag, Tsugi, The Ransom Note, DummyMag, XLR8R, RA and Groove.

On February 2017 Ricardo Tobar made his debut label release on Correspondant, with his deep, mystic and singular EP “Red Sea“. The EP has received a strong support from artists like Man Power, Scuba, Laurent Garnier, Danny Daze, Kasper Bjorke o kolsch, and very good press reviews from Tsugi, Thump Vice, Inverted Audio and more.  With another release already scheduled for April on ESP Institute we are sure Ricardo can continue to put the hitherto little unknown Viña del Mar on the musical map with his extraordinary homebrewed production finesse.


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