Flashback Friday: Old school tracks we nearly forgot about!
With so many great dance tracks out there at the moment, it’s easy to forget that ‘back in the day’ there were some seriously catchy house tracks doing the rounds! So get ready to go back to a time when Blue Light Disco’s were all the rage because we are giving you 10 of the best old school house hits that will sure bring back some memories...
Da Funk - Daft Punk
Yeah they have One More Time and Around The World, but do you remember this golden oldie from the French hitmakers?! Da Funk was released in 1995 and later released on their Homework album. Turn this one up and you’ll see why Daft Punk really are the godfathers of dance music!
Pete Heller - Big Love
You may not remember his name, but you sure will remember this song! Hailing from Brighton in the UK, this English electro DJ made huge (sound) waves with this song in 1999 making it the #1 dance song for the year on Billboard. Back in his own country, it peaked at #22 on the UK singles chart and nearly 15 years on still has a cool beat to it!
Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
This was the first single released off the electro duo’s Remedy album and placed at #5 on the UK singles chart, making it their second highest single just below super hit Romeo. Across the pond, it became Basement Jaxx’s first #1 hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play list. The song contains a sample of the song Far Beyond by Locksmith, which probably why it is so catchy!
De'Lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)br />
This song makes more comebacks than Swedish House Mafia, but we’re not complaining! Hideaway was originally done by house influenced De'Lacy and charted at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart during 1995. Then along came American-Iranian electro duo Deep Dish in 1998 with their remix and we were reminded just how good this song really is! This remix peaked at # 21 in 1998 and was released for a third time in 2006.
The Ones - Flawless
This American trio probably come under the ‘one hit wonder’ category, but at least their hit was damn good! Finding success throughout the world, this song peaked at #7 on the UK single charts in 2001. The faces behind the band, Paul Alexander, JoJo Americo, and Nashom Wooden all met in New Yorks trendy Greenwich Village while working in a boutique. Both their musical and creative juices were flowing in overdrive during filming the video for Flawless with the clip probably adding to the success of the track!
St Germain - Rose Rouge
This track was so French and so chic, it had this very suave chillout vibe to it and could probably be heard in trendy coffee shops around the world. Not surprisingly, French musician Ludovic Navarre was the man behind St Germain and described his sound as being a combination of house and nu jazz. This smooth track had us all bopping in 2000, we’re glad we didn’t forget to add it to this list!
Kings of Tomorrow - Finally (Featuring Julie McKnight)
The vocals behind this track and how they are teamed with a beautiful house beat is what makes this song a favourite among fans. American record producer, house DJ and record label owner Sandy Riviera is the man behind Kings of Tomorrow and saw great success with this track, peaking at #24 on the UK Dance Charts and # 17 on the Billboard music chart in 2000. It has a timeless sound to it which is why it is still featured on DJ sets today.
Cj Bolland - Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand’s Drum & Bass Mix)
Hailing from Belgium, CJ Bolland is a music producer who has been around the traps for decades. The original mix of this song reached # 11 on the UK charts in 1996, then well known DJ Armand Van Helden put his spin on it and remixed the track in 2008. It brought the classic back to the forefront of the dance scene at the time and we can’t complain about that!
Armand Van Helden - The Funk Phenomena
Another one from Mr Helden, this song was the funk phenomena in every sense of the word! The single is from his debut studio album Old School Junkies: The Album in 1996 and was not without its influences. It sampled sounds from How High by Method Man & Redman, Who Is He (And What Is He to You) by Creative Source and Don't Throw My Love Around by Cooly's Hot Box – making it one truly classic old school tune!
Nomad feat. MC Mikee Freedom - (I Wanna Give You) Devotion
This song by UK dance outfit Nomad has some pretty impressive credentials; reaching # 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart in the United States in 1991 as well as climbing inside the top ten of the UK singles chart that same year. It is the quintessential early 90s dance track, but that’s why we love it so much!
Gat Décor - Passion (Do You Want it Right Now?)
This track is considered to be one of the best-known works of the early progressive house genre. The main contributor of the act is the British DJ and producer, Simon Slater with Lawrence Nelson and Simon Hanson who came up with the name 'Gat Decor' after figuring out it was an anagram of 'Tag Records,' a record store based in Soho, London. Passion was widely considered as heavily influencing the dance music scene in the early 1990s and with its (cheesy) beat- we hope its influence makes a comeback!