TOTD: ROOKIES – “Believe (Cher Refix)”
It’s the age old question no one seemed to have ever answered. Do you believe in life after love? It’s been eighteen years — give or take a few months — since one of the greatest anthems graced our ears. That’s right, I am talking about “Believe!” The multi-talented Cher graced us with this autotune track back in October of 1998 and it’s considered to have revived the pop star’s career. Not only did this song explode across the world, the song penned by founder of Xenomania, Brian Higgins, won several awards for one of pop’s dynamic songs.
A friend of mine curates a tropical house playlist, and this little tune made its way onto my radar. My first instinct was to listen to see if a harsh judgment was necessary, and was I so wrong — ROOKIES has crafted a delightful gem. I firmly believe it’s hard to touch classic songs without screwing it up, but this band has proven to be one of the rare cases in which the new result outshines the original. I’ve listened to the duo’s refix repeatedly, and I’m always taken aback. The heavenly vocals, the production, it sweeps me away and I’m transported to an exotic destination.
ROOKIES has produced for the likes of Sam Feldt (“Been A While”) and Gareth Emery (“100 Reasons to Live”), and I applaud the duo on their songwriting and production. Aside from sharing their take on Cher’s worldwide hit single, the band turned Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time” into a delicate piece of bittersweet tropical house. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m going to don a fairy crown and dance in my backyard with ROOKIES on repeat.