1) Toca’s Miracle
Did you know… a single called I Need A Miracle by Coco Star was released back in 1996.
Click Here --> You Tube: I Need A Miracle – Coco Star -1996
A few years later in 1999, German producers Fragma released a little tune called Toca Me, which people quite liked all over Europe and it even got to number 11 in the UK charts.
Click Here --> You Tube: Toca Me – Fragma - 1999
The following year, Fragma decided they weren’t quite done with that catchy little track and mashed up Toca Me with, yes you’ve guessed it, I Need A Miracle. A dance anthem was born.
Click Here --> You Tube: Toca's Miracle - Fragma - 2000
A 2008 re-release kept Toca’s Miracle on rotation around the commercial dancefloors, but the hardstyle fans amongst you will of course be hanging out for the Bioweapon remix!
Click Here --> Toca’s Miracle (Bioweapon Remix) – Fragma & Coco
2) Touch Me
An absolute anthem released by Rui Da Silva in 2001, with vocals by Cassandra Fox.
Click Here --> You Tube: Touch Me - Rui Da Silva - 2001
Tiesto and a few other people have had a tinker with this one over the years, but an official cover version was released by Paul Oakenfold in 2014 as part of his Trance Mission covers album. Oakenfold commissioned Cassandra Fox to re-do the vocals.
Click Here --> You Tube: Touch Me - Paul Oakenfold & Cassandra Fox - 2014
There’s then a whole bunch of remixes of Oakenfold’s cover version on his Perfecto label (are you keeping up?) but the notable version you’ll probably be hearing around Sydney is the Beat Service remix, on Armada.
Click Here --> You Tube: Touch Me (Beat Service Remix) - Paul Oakenfold & Cassandra Fox - 2014
3) You Got The Love
Originally recorded by American soul singer Candi Station
Click Here --> You Tube: You Got The Love - Candi Staton – 1986
In 1991, You Got The Love got all mixed up with Your Love by Frankie Knuckles and found its way to the UK top ten
Click Here --> You Tube: You Got The Love - The Source ft Candi Staton – 1991
The Source remixes dropped into the charts in 1997 and 2006, meanwhile, You Got The Love found its way on to the world's harder dancefloors thanks to Hyperlogic
Click Here --> You Tube: U Got The Love - Hyperlogic
Just as maybe we'd forgotten all about You Got The Love for a couple of years, along came Florence & The Machine in 2009! Amazing vocal - much lower bpm!
Click Here --> You Tube: You've Got The Love - Florence & The Machine - 2009
Of course, that Hyperlogic version was just too good to leave laying in the archives at Tidy, so along came the Steve Hill & Technikal remix
Click Here --> You Tube: U Got The Love (Steve Hill & Technikal Remix) - Hyperlogic
4) Pump Up The Jam
I jumped around the school disco to this little tune when it was released in 1989
Click Here --> You Tube: Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic - 1989
Then I stomped around the club to this one sometime around 2008
Click Here --> You Tube: Boot It Up - Alex Kidd vs Organ Donors
5) Loops & Tings
Not sure if you know this one? Oh you do, it’s unique and it’s catchy and it’s everywhere.
The original was by a producer called Jens, released in 1993. Not a girl called Jenny; a German guy called Jens.
Click Here --> You Tube: Loops & Tings - Jens - 1993
Marco V got his hands on it in 2009
Click Here --> You Tube: Loops & Tings - Marco V - 2009
Things (tings?) got hardened the f*ck up by Zatox & Tatanka in 2010
Click Here --> You Tube: Loops & Things - Zatox & Tatanka - 2010
Then Ferry Corsten & Marcus Schultz got in on the act in 2012
Click Here --> You Tube: Loops & Tings - Ferry Corsten & Marcus Schultz - 2012
Honourable mentions should also go to....
Sandstorm - currently enjoying a renaissance for its 15th anniversary and getting thoroughly overused in Peking Duck live shows. If you still can’t get enough, Darude is now coming to Australia to drop Sandstorm for you in person at Future Music.
Click Here --> You Tube: Sandstorm - Darude - 2000
And finally, of course, Born Slippy - of which there are no notable re-works, because you simply can't improve on timeless perfection.
Click Here --> You Tube: Born Slippy .NUXX - Underworld - 1996
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