Kicking off 2021 in a most exciting way, it’s renowned hit producer LUM!X taking on fellow German act Hyperclap’s smash tune ‘Major Tom’. Featuring the original singer Peter Schilling, it’s turned into a raving blast from the past, with the 80’s melody and vocals smoothly worked into a cool, 21st century dance gem – out now on Spinnin’ Records.
Originally released in 1982 as ‘Major Tom (völlig losgelöst)’, it meant the claim to fame for German singer Peter Schilling. The record reached #1 in his home country, as well as in Austria, Switzerland and Canada. A year later, the English version also became an international hit, making it to #14 on the US Billboard chart. Since then, the record has been an all-time classic, an 80’s anthem that still gets lots of airplay and spots in Best Of lists.
Last year, German dance act Hyperclap revived ‘Major Tom’ into a powerful electronic track, incorporating sweet, rolling beats and mesmerizing synth chords while working with Peter Schilling himself for the original vocal lines. It meant a welcome break in the lockdown void, turning into a hit once again – by now the record is closing in on 2 million Spotify streams.
And now, one of Germany’s hottest new artists LUM!X has also put his mark on this timeless tune. Known for his huge 2019 hit ‘Monster’ and last year’s gem ‘The Passenger (LaLaLa)’ (together with D.T.E and Eiffel 65’s Gabry Ponte), he’s by now renowned for his trademark dance vibes, strong hooks and melodic approach.
The result of this teamup gives ‘Major Tom’ a strong new guise. This time, the vocals are taken from the internationally acclaimed English version, while the rhythms are more pounding, enhanced by pulsating chords and cool vocal snippets, drenched in electronic effects.
It’s an incredible blast from the past, as the melodies and emotionally charged vocals of the original tune are still recognizable, but the production takes it to a whole new 2021 level. Safe to say, this is a classic reborn, and surely a hopeful start of the new year.
“The idea was born at a dinner with the A&R Team in Hamburg. I said I would like to remake this Oldschool Party classic and a short time after, Spinnin’ pitched us the Stems from Hyperclap. We finished the project together and now it’s ready to hit the dancefloors of 2021.” – LUM!X explains.
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