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Inner City - Big Fun (1988)

After Big Fun hit the UK top ten in 1988, Detroit's Kevin Saunderson, the man behind Inner City alongside vocalist Paris Grey, became known as ‘The Elevator’ for lifting dance music up from the underground.

 

As one of house music’s most infectious crossover hits Big Fun was a hit for young dancers and older ravers alike. It transformed dance music from something found in club basements to a genre that could move an entire nation.

 

Big Fun showed that dance music could be chart friendly, inspiring Deee-Lite, N-Joiand a host of Detroit producers and DJs.

Orbital’s classic track Belfast was named as such after a monumental gig the Hartnoll brothers played in Northern Ireland in May 1990, set against the backdrop of The Troubles, a trip that had a lasting impact on the duo.

 

During their time in Belfast, Orbital witnessed how dance music was helping to bridge the divide. They decided it was only right to dedicate the track to the young clubbers in the city.

 

The classic song not only proved that electronic music could go beyond the clubs and fields, but most importantly, showed it transcended differences, something that dance music has always been all about.

 

Belfast City helped kick start a trance revolution, and gave inspiration to Photek, Pantha du Prince and more.

Orbital – Belfast (1991)

When One More Time hit the airwaves, the era of the superclub was in full dominance. Cue two robots who yearned to be born in Chicago but instead merged the sound of vintage soul and Frankie Knuckles with an indescribable yet insatiable French touch.

 

One More Time glistened like Studio 54 had been transported to Paris and house music found its second coming in the form of French house.

 

Fellow countrymen Cassius, Busy P, Étienne de Crécy and the eponymous label that is Ed Banger records would all find their inspiration in Daft Punk’s breakout hit.

One more time has  influenced the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem... and more.

Daft Punk - One More Time (2001)

The uplifting piano-house that is Gat Décor’s Passion is not only a complete masterpiece but can be seen as one of the first truly British house tracks.

 

The song has gone through several incarnations too, initially released in its Naked Mix form, a bootleg remix then borrowed vocals from Do You Want It Right Now? by Degrees of Motion, which led to singer Beverley Skeete re-recorded the vocals for a new version, which peaked at number six in the UK charts during 1996.


Passion helped introduce an era of vocal house, something that would be mirrored in Fatboy Slim, N-Trance, Floorplan and more.

Gat Décor- Passion (1992)

As club records go, Underworld's Born Slippy .NUXX has probably induced more arms-in-the-air, eyes-closed moments more than most other tunes.

 

Produced by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith and made famous by Trainspotting, Born Slippy .NUXX, with its transcendent synths and contorted vocals, took the emotions of a jilted generation and turned them into an anthem of the UK.

 

The track remains just as stirring and iconic to this day, and was even used again in the trailer for 2017 sequel film, T2 Trainspotting.

 

Born Slippy was a curveball dance hit born during the peak of Britpop, inspiring the likes of The Prodigy and Leftfield during a time when bands began to conquer the charts again.

Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX (1995)