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This weblog is about funky music delivered as DJ Mixes. We cover mostly Lounge/Chillout but try to keep things as diverse as possible.

RL136 - Vintage del Mar (Café del Mar Tribute Compilation)

July 14th, 2017

While the Café del Mar series of early compilations (from the 90s onwards) did not start the Lounge movement, it certainly did add huge impetus to the movement. At the time I was listening to that World Music and Transglobal Sound which was much “harder” than the Café del Mar sound and was much more closely related to House Music. But from the second I heard the del Mar sound, I loved it. It has a gentler effect on the psyche and seems to carry with it some of the calm that you would expect the sound of ocean waves to have on you …if you have a sensitive constitution of course.

But the key thing about the del Mar series for me is not the sound, it’s the variety. I said it before and I will say it again, it helped me appreciate different sounds from different parts of the world. This tribute gives a good taste of this variety and, I hope, gives a fitting celebration of all that is Café del Mar. The series continues today but for me it has lost that edge of earlier times. This is not the fault of the Compilers – it’s just that they do not make this music like this anymore. Enjoy the good times. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Gabriel Lamb
2 04:09 Desire Blank & Jones
3 08:26 Junto Al Mar Various Artists
4 13:14 Eso es Vigo
5 17:42 Sueno De Una Gaviota J.R Haim
6 22:48 My Freedom Jo Manji
7 28:50 Plenitude Soft Wave
8 34:17 Closer Koru
9 39:56 La mauritia Yann Kuhlmann
10 45:25 Gale in the Waterglass (My Love) Kosta Rodriguez Feat. Amy Gale
11 51:08 Cookie Raver Illumination
12 56:27 Northern Lights Lux