Tube & Berger reinvent Junior Jack's club smash, 15 years on
E-Samba was originally released in 2003 and was the summer hit of that year, going on to become a certified house classic. 15 years on, after a chance meeting with Junior Jack in Ibiza airport, Germany’s Tube & Berger have given it a revamp and brought the sound up to modern production standards while preserving the essence of the original.
The track starts with bass and a percussion loop, then builds with the addition of subtle whistles, wood blocks and vocal cuts until the main vocal sample comes into play. The vocal gets louder as we move on towards a breakdown with the main vocals and quiet guitar licks, before a subtle snare roll and riser take us back into the main body of the track. Then there's another breakdown with an added synth riff, and on it rolls in very danceable fashion.
The track isn't over-produced and manages to keep the vibe of the original alive while sounding up-to-date in sonic terms. For me, it has what it takes to take the summer party scene by storm just like it did in 2003.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 6 July
Review Score: 8