Energy 52 | Orbital | Michael Mayer

Energy 52 | Orbital | Michael Mayer

Released in 1993, Energy 52's Café Del Mar is one of the most iconic tracks in dance music. The instrumental trance anthem was named after the famous beach bar in Ibiza, becoming synonymous with the euphoric, sun-soaked vibe of the island's dance culture. Crafted by German DJs Kid Paul and Cosmic Baby, the track's melodies and harmonies encapsulate the quintessential sunset moment.

The track was voted No.1 in Mixmag's 2001 list of the "Top 100 Tunes of All Time”, highlighting its impact on the dance music landscape. Now it’s being remixed by Orbital and Michael Mayer.


Orbital, the British electronic dance duo consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, have continued to be part of the electronic music scene since their emergence in 1989. Known for their live performances and tracks like ‘Halcyon + On + On’ they've influenced electronic music. 


Their remix is an ode to the golden age of rave, with clattering breakbeats and an ethereal synth line pulsing through its early stages before the iconic lead warps into view. They preserve the breakdown before landing on the other side in a flurry of synths, percussion and a 4/4 beat.


A key figure in Cologne's electronic scene, Michael Mayer co-founded the Kompakt label, contributing significantly to its direction and success. His discography includes albums such as ‘Neuhouse’ (1998), ‘Immer’ (2002), and more recent works like ‘Higher’ (2020) and ‘Connecting the Dots’ (2021). Known for his remixes and collaborations  Mayer's work spans genres, touching on microhouse, experimental, and ambient techno. 


For his interpretation, Mayer leans into hypnotic rhythms, with tribal drums and the patiently evolving lead line building towards a climax.


It’s out 17 May on Superstition Records.

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