Energy 52 ‎– Café Del Mar

Eye Q Records ‎– Eye Q 001
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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Main melody based on Struggle for Pleasure by Belgian composer Wim Mertens.

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  • Label Code: LC 6450

Other Versions (5 of 142) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Energy 52 Café Del Mar(12", Promo) Urban none Germany 1998 Sell This Version
none Energy 52 Cafe Del Mar (Rigel Remix)(File, MP3, Unofficial, 320) Not On Label (Energy 52) none Greece 2011
fcd03 Energy 52 Café Del Mar (The Ricardo Villalobos Remixes)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Flying Circus fcd03 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
BTP3097 R Energy 52 Cafe Del Mar(12") Bonzai Trance Progressive BTP3097 R Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
none Energy 52 Café Del Mar 2007 (The Remixes)(10xFile, AAC, 256) Be Yourself Music none Netherlands 2007


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November 4, 2018
Sampled from
Artist: Soft Verdict ‎– Struggle For Pleasure (1983)


March 11, 2018
Does this really need all these remixes and repressings?. Should have ended at the Three 'N One Remix in 97. Always thought remixes of classics stunk a bit of desperation. Just to stress I have no issues with the original version and 97 mixes, they took a great tune and remixed it into arguably the biggest trance tune of all time and at that point it could never get any better. Do something new. Remix any classic and it will probably sell well but its still all a bit naff imo.


July 2, 2017
i bought the 1997s URBAN Remix version back in mid 1997 and was impressed

the best version is from 97 especially the three n one mix


August 18, 2016
First time I heard this tune was on the Mayday event in Dortmund in 1993 - I think that some know the video from that moment :)


January 14, 2016

Absolute classic tune .. I agree with kid paul mix as best mix.. have it as promo test press


July 24, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
s3iyaintrance...gotta disagree, the acid trance original DJ Kid Paul mix is for me the best...but it's personal/nostalgic. another thing I love about that version is that it easily fits into a techno or acid set...thanks Mr. Fonktrain for that nice history.


July 19, 2013
like everyone else, I need to say that my favorite remix is the masterpiece created by: Three 'N One, this tune is awesome! the progression mixed with the amazing beats and hi-hats create a wonderful atmosphere for the main melody wich is amazing too!!!


May 13, 2008
Interesting to find out the background to the tune.

This is probably the best and most enduring happy trance tune from this era. The break and subsequent return of the beat in the DJ Kid Paul mix is for me one of the most uplifting moments in the history of dance music. It's also worth checking the Port de Bagnolet mix on the remix EP which is pretty much as good as the original.


October 31, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Harald Bluechel aka Cosmic Baby about Energy 52 and "Cafe del Mar"

Paul & me met the first time in 1989 at a club, where he did one his first DJ-sets. We became friends and started an intensive creative exchange, while working on a vision, we shared: Transforming our love & enthusiasm to the starting techno-house into truely independent, significant musical statements. Together and as solo-artists.
A great exchange of abilities began: I became his „musical teacher“, he showed me the structural elegance of aesthetical efficiency“ in futuristic dance track-arrangements.

In Summer 1990, we went to Ibiza. Our favourite place to be was the „Cafe del Mar“. There, we enjoyed the evening-hours in company with beautiful music and people, who where quite different from the mainstream-club-crowds.

In Autumn 1992, Paul returned from another Ibiza-vacation. He told me about a certain piece he listened at the „Cafe del Mar“, he was electrified by. We found out, that it had been music by Wim Mertens, a composer, I highly adore.. We decided, to take his <i>„Struggle for pleasure“</i> as inspiration for a very special piece to create.

Between September and December we worked highly concentrated and acribicly on the composition. Our common goal: every entire detail of the piece supposed to become „excellent“ - no „that`s already o.k.“- compromises to be made!

Finally in January 1993, we produced the two original versions at the studio with the engineer Jens Woynar. Afterwards we were in serious negotiations with „Eye Q“-records. In the end, they oddly realeased „Cafe del Mar“ without having our permission: so, we went to cord, the record had to be withdrawn from the shops. A big dilemma for us: the piece became THE anthem right after beeing played by the DJs for the first time – the people couldn`t buy the record, though...

Since „Energy 52“ is Paul`s project, the piece „Cafe del mar“ however composed by the two of us, we decided, that Paul alone should be responsible for all following negotiations. Four years later (!) the Hamburg based label „Superstition“ made the first „official“ and authorized realease, followed by a bunch of further remix-releases, which all became highly successful. Unfortunately, the record company labeled the wrong credits in the beginning, which was corrected after some time.

The correct credits are:
-for the original versions (kid paul mix , cosmic baby`s impression): „composed & produced by Paul M. and Cosmic Baby“
-for the following releases: „composed by Paul M & Cosmic Baby“, produced by Paul M.“.