Doctor Rockit – Cafe De Flore (54)

December 21, 2009

Cafe De Flore has remained one of my favourite summer tunes since it was released in 2000. I was surprised to discover it on one of those compilations released to cash in on the balaeric Ibiza sound popularised by the Cafe del Mar series. By 2000 such compilations were pretty souless: Spanish guitars, ambient washes and wave sounds bolted together in a factory somewhere. Not Cafe De Flore, which was light, warm, but becomes slightly tense as the track moves along.

That the track came from Matthew Herbert surprised me. I would become more familiar with his more politically-charged work, his microhouse pop, and his production on Róisín Murphy’s debut solo record, but it was only after loving this tune for a few years I realised it was Herbert. Given it’s lightness of touch, I should have known.

Still, given the pap on the remainder of the compilation album, it was more of a surprise I listened long enough to discover this track at all.


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