Energy 52 was a German trance music project comprising Paul Schmitz-Moormann and Harald Blüchel.
“Café del Mar” is a song first released in 1993 by the trance project Energy 52. It is named after the famous bar located in Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain. Almost instantly recognisable by its distinct melody, its popularity is reflected in the countless remixes that have since been created as well as its being featured on hundreds of CD compilations. The main melody of “Café del Mar” is based on “Struggle for Pleasure” by Belgian composer Wim Mertens.
The song has charted three times in the UK Singles Chart, all featuring remixes by Three ‘N One. It first made number 51 in March 1997, a second release (“Café del Mar ’98“) featuring a Nalin & Kane remix reached number 12 in July 1998, and a further release featuring remixes by Marco V reached number 24 in October 2002.
The song was included on the soundtrack to the 1999 movie Human Traffic. In 2001 it was voted number one in Mixmag’s “100 Best Tunes Ever” list. “Café del Mar” became one of the most popular trance songs in the world; its dozens of remixes have appeared on hundreds of compilation albums. In 2011 it was voted number one out of fifty nominated tracks in the ‘Top 20 Dance Tracks of Last 20 Years’ users poll by listeners of BBC Radio 1.