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.
|2||04:09||Desire||Blank & Jones|
|3||08:26||Junto Al Mar||Various Artists|
|5||17:42||Sueno De Una Gaviota||J.R Haim|
|6||22:48||My Freedom||Jo Manji|
|9||39:56||La mauritia||Yann Kuhlmann|
|10||45:25||Gale in the Waterglass (My Love)||Kosta Rodriguez Feat. Amy Gale|