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Sven Vath’s “Electrica Salsa” hits its 30th anniversary (Stream)

Sven Väth‘s old school anthem “Electrica Salsa (Baba Baba)” changed the face of electronic music in European pop culture, achieving great success in Europe during late 80’s. Now 30 years after the Cocoon boss has enlisted 2 fellow veterans of the German electronic music scene, Henrik Schwarz and Roman Flügel to rework his acclaimed track.

The track was first released back in 1986, when Sven was a 21-year old member of Frankfurt project OFF, alongside Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti.

A dancefloor classic in its own right, Sven’s original track is armed with prominent synth melodies, a pulsing bassline and Sven’s spoken male vocal track.

Rounding off the remix EP is “Electrica Salsa (Roman Flügel Remix)“. With his music touching on various genres such as techno, ambient and house, Roman Flügel is a musical chameleon. Displaying his renowned talent, Roman has reworked the original almost completely. With a bubbling bassline and off-beat synth notes acting as the foundation of the remix, Roman has warped and pitched down Sven’s vocal to create a dark atmosphere. The track later builds into a near-hypnotic and infectious groove, which serves as an excellent modern addition to Sven’s original mix.

Henrik Schwarz adds his diverse musical capabilities into his rendition of “Electrica Salsa’ (Henrik Schwarz Remix)”. Known for his eclectic musical approach to composition and sound design, he adds layered synths, a buzzing bassline and catchy hi-hats to Sven’s original male vocal. Henrik’s remix of ‘Electric Salsa’ takes the track into the 21st Century with airy synths and a groovy bassline.

As Sven remembers: “I was most happy about the great success we had with ‘Electrica Salsa’ in Ibiza and Italy, where we actually made number one… Ibiza was the greatest source of inspiration. We flew down there every year in the eighties, the Island really had a strong influence on us with its eclectic sounds at the times. The Balearic Sound was a mix of Italo Disco, Wave, Funk and African Percussion. We wanted to become part of it – and I still am today! Thirty years on that fire is still glowing and that’s the reason why we released new mixes: they are a gift to my fans that have been accompanying me for such a long time.”

The EP will be released on Cocoon on the 21st July 2016.


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