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Electrica Salsa Revisited
Limited premium edition. Electrica Salsa (1986) revisited in 2016 with remixes by Roman Flügel and Henrik Schwarz. In 1986, one electronic track turned the European music charts upside down: "Electrica Salsa" by the Frankfurt project OFF, a collective producing their tracks at Master Music Studio. The founders of "Organisation For Fun": Michael Münzing, Luca Anzilotti and then 21- year-old Sven Väth writing hits like "The Power" or "Rhythm Is A Dancer". "Michael and Luca were the masters of equipment, responsible for the mixing desk and the recording tape we used to make the master tapes. I was the one providing song ideas, grooves and bringing a good mood to the studio." Electrica Salsa prompted a new feel in pop culture, adopting modern techniques like the use of sound samples driven by a unique beat, creating what would be called balearic-fusion. "OFF happened quite naturally as we were trying out some things at the studio. We had a concrete 4/4 bass drum playing and the other two were experimenting on the bass. So I went over to the microphone and tried out some word and syllable sounds. Somehow my lips formed 'Electrica Salsa' and then 'Ba Ba Ba'? we added trumpets and timbales that I recorded live. The thick 'boom' sound on the other hand is a sample from a Mercedes S 500 door being slammed!" The spontaneous session produced a powerfully anarchic song mastered on a 24-track tape that got all three musicians euphoric. "I was most happy about the great success we had with Electrica Salsa in Ibiza and Italy, where we actually made number one," Väth recollects. "Ibiza was the greatest source of inspiration. 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. The track 'Electrica Salsa' is a cornerstone of techno history. Roman Flügel is a friend and estimated colleague of mine and he created a really smart version of the track. Henrik Schwarz on the other hand actually invited a brass combo to the studio and recorded them with strings and Latin bass which makes a great modern version." as Väth describes this production.