The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

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Ricardo Villalobos

Ricardo Villalobos
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Based In: Berlin
Age: 42

Every so often a spinner comes along that generates the kind of crazed messiah-y reverence Eric Clapton had in his Cream days. Chilean-German DJ Ricardo Villalobos has been that guy for almost a decade, ruling underground dance floors with tough, funky house and techno spiked with Latin percussion. Fans might complain that he's become wildly inconsistent – but on a good night he's pure magic.

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