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The Balearic legend is back after 15 years

To mark his 40th year as a DJ, Jose Padilla, the godfather of chill-out, will be re-united with the Cafe Del Mar decks as he readies a long-awaited release on renowned Ibiza-based imprint International Feel.

The chill-out guru, who influenced a generation of artists and clubbers alike, brings his selection back to the place where it all started — on the sunset strip in San Antonio in Ibiza.

Moving to Ibiza in 1976 and selling his mixtapes at the local market, Jose was offered a slot at Café Del Mar, which led to an eight-year residency.

Even after six million album sales and a hugely inspirational career, he’s still a DJ in high demand and his new single 'Solito' is due for release in July with circulating rumours of an album to land in spring 2015.

In creating a partnership with International Feel, Jose returns to the studio with a whole list of exciting prospects in the pipeline. His choice cuts will be compiled into a 2014 compilation, and a new radio show through Secret Life Music is to commence during the summer following the roaring success of his Ibiza Sonic airtime.

Jose Padilla’s return to Café Del Mar is a significant return — a legend returns to a legendary spot. You can catch him there on May 23rd and June 20th for what will be an unforgettable window into the greatest days of chill-out.

It was the only place, the beginning of something new, a great crowd, a magical time of unique circumstances,” said Jose about his time at Cafe Del Mar first time around.

'Solito' will be released on International Feel on July 7th, split over two 180g vinyl releases.

Words: James Goatman