About the track:
There’s no two ways about it: that you can take any tune off the Mixmag’s ‘50 Greatest Dance Tracks Ever’ and make a cover version of it means you’ve got some cojones. And that’s exactly what Khalaj has done here with the genre-defining moment that is Energy 52’s ‘Café Del Mar’. Arpeggiating those iconic plucky notes and laying them on top of sustained chords, the fierce trance cut that becomes noticeably less cluttered and more contemplative, melodic techno experience stretching across 8 minutes.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Namito (Ali Khalaj), has been DJing and producing since 1989. What first started off as a passion for the local, buzzing Berlin techno scene soon turned into profession as Khalaj released his own music on renowned international labels such as Kling Klong, Systematic Recordings, Kompakt, Yoshitoshi, Selador, and Sol Selectas, to name a few. Residencies in the best Berlin clubs like Tresor and Sternradio were followed by international gigs in all continents.
Listen Café Del Mar:
Stream: the Berlin Undercover Compilation
About the original: Energy 52’s global hit “Café Del Mar” captivated audiences with its catchy melody and association with the legendary Ibiza club. Released in 1993 during the rise of trance music, this track became a genre classic, known for its uplifting vibes and calming effect. Its popularity extended to films, TV shows, and commercials, cementing its status as a timeless electronic music gem.
Café del Mar
Khalaj showcases boldness by creating a cover version of Energy 52’s genre-defining track, ‘Café Del Mar,’ featured in Mixmag’s ’50 Greatest Dance Tracks Ever.’ With skillful arpeggios, Khalaj transforms the original trance cut into a contemplative, melodic techno experience lasting 8 minutes.