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Electra – Jibaro (English Version) (FFRR)

Classics: Electra – Jibaro (FFRR)

A flashback to some 30 years ago or so. In other words, to the 80’s. Back at a time when Ibiza was still Ibiza. A place also known as the White Island. A place that had become the homeland of a varied population. From its natives to a certain jet-set. Not to mention countless hippies, non-conformists and other conscientious objectors who left America as opposed to participate to the Vietnam War. Ibiza, I mean. And not the place which the Brits have ended up callin’ “Beefa”. This after havin’ transformed it into a mass tourists/club goers destination during the 90’s.

The whole started back in the second half of the 80’s. This with the arrival of more DJ’s hailing from Britain who, to a certain extend, progressively brought to the Island what they already had in theirs. Meanwhile, they tentatively brought to Britain vibes they found in “Beefa”. Which is most likely how the expression – “Balearic Beat” – saw the light. And also the transient Electra in the meantime. Thus makin’ quite some sensation with their debut-single – ‘Jibaro’ – and its hispanic vibes back in 1988…

Strangely enough, Electra credited Rob Davis as the writer of ‘Jibaro’. And this despite the fact that it had first come to light back in 1974 as a part of Elkin & Nelson‘s ‘Angeles Y Demonios’ album. With their ultra sought after 12″ version comin’ up 5 years later.

Electra‘s ‘Jibaro’ is a nice gem with an undeniable timeless appeal. But the fact is Electra‘s version is nothing but an unackowleged cover version.
As a matter of fact, I don’t even know if FFRR was aware of that by the time they released it. Would anyone of you do by any kind of chance?

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Electra saw the light by the end of the 80’s, at the initiative of Paul Oakenfold. With John Rocca of the Freeez fame, Nick Divaris and Micky joinin’ him.
Oakenfold and Rocca brought the so called Balearic Beat to their native country. Teamin’ up with PWL producers Ian Curnow and Phil Harding on ‘Jibaro’. Their debut-single, and in the meantime, what appears as an unacknowledged cover version of Elkin & Nelson‘s classic of the likes.

Electra gave it a follow-up a year later, back in 1989. This under the form of a double-A side titled ‘It’s Your Destiny/Autumn Love’. They eventually came up the year after with their final delivery – ‘Destiny’ – before disbanding soon after…

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