Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten – Loops & Tings
While essentially every current member of the trance family knows Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten’s pre-New World Punx collab, not every trance kid has brushed up on the genre’s history. Though dubbed an original mix, “Loops & Tings” is in fact a rework of a 1992 hit by the German techno/trance duo Jens that rippled across the global rave scene and earned something around 40 remixes. It is the duo’s own Fruit Loops remix that Markus and Ferry reworked, nabbing its hook but abandoning its pure hard trance bpm and vocal samples. Released 19 years after the original first hit vinyl, the 2012 homage picked up where Marco V’s Relooped version picked off. But that’s another story…
Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Yves V – Loops & Tings
Four months after Ferry and Markus officially released their “Loops & Tings” on Cold Harbour, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike teamed up with Yves V on Spinnin Records to release their own “original mix” of the Jens hit. Pumping the track up with their Belgian brand of big room, the trio inserted a new vocal sample (“Nobody likes the records that we play”) and declared unofficial ownership of the sound by blasting it in each act’s 2012 Tomorrowland Main Stage set. Again only using the hook but this time leaving no trace of trance, the confusion in the comments section over such details as the original original’s who, what, and when led to this week’s dance music history lesson/Battle of the Beats.
So whose “original” remake made your head spin less? Before you answer, hit play.