Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

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Not to be confused with If This Is Love. ‹See Tfd›
"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)"
Single by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Released 14 August 2000
Format 12-inch single, CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre House, dance, disco house
Length 6:18 (original version)
3:47 (radio mix)
Label Positiva Records
Writer(s) Cristiano Spiller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rob Davis
Producer(s) Cristiano Spiller, Boris Dlugosch
Certification 2× Platinum (ARIA)
Platinum (BPI)
Spiller chronology
"Mighty Miami EP"
(2000)
"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)"
(2000)
"Cry Baby"
(2002)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor chronology
"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)"
(2000)
"Take Me Home"
(2001)
Alternative covers
French CD single cover

"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" is a song by Spiller, featuring vocals by British singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The single was released in August 2000 by Positiva Records. It peaked at number one in the UK,[1] New Zealand, Ireland and Australia, as well as charting at number three on the American Hot Dance Chart. On 15 September 2000, the song was certified gold record status by the British Phonographic Industry, and was certified platinum on 22 July 2013. Various versions of the single were later featured on the German reissue and some UK editions of Ellis-Bextor's debut solo album, Read My Lips.

Song information[edit]

The track was originally created by Italian DJ/producer Spiller in 1999 as an instrumental, with no singing, and was included on the Mighty Miami EP. It is mainly built upon samples from "Love Is You", a disco song originally performed by Carol Williams with the Salsoul Orchestra. In order to make the track more palatable for airplay, as the instrumental is somewhat repetitive, Positiva asked British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, formerly with indie rock band theaudience, to provide lyrics and vocals for the song. Before recording, the lyric was partly reworked by Rob Davis, who replaced Ellis-Bextor's proposed hook "And so it goes..." with the line "If this ain't love...", thereby providing the song with its subtitle. Boris Dlugosch produced the vocal portions added to the track. Sharon Scott is the back-up vocalist. The track has been remixed by Boris Dlugosch and Michi Lange, Todd Terry, Solar, Ramon "Ray Roc" Checo and Ernest St. Laurent.[2]

In the UK, the single was first released in the same week as "Out of Your Mind", Victoria Beckham's first song since the breakup of her group, the Spice Girls. "Out of Your Mind" held the midweek number one in the UK singles chart until Saturday, when "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" overtook it in sales; it was hyped by the media as a personal battle between the two artists.[3][4] The song was the 8th best selling of 2000 in the UK. A live version of the track appeared as a B-side to Ellis-Bextor's single Music Gets The Best of Me, and in 2003, "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" was re-released as part of Positiva Records 'Remixed' series.[5]

According to technology journalist Steven Levy, "Groovejet" was the first song ever to be played on an iPod, specifically on a prototype unit in August 2001.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song shows Spiller and Sophie making their way separately around Bangkok. Spiller meets people and signs autographs, while finding his height makes life there difficult; Sophie sings wistfully at various tables in bars. Spiller takes a taxicab while Sophie takes a tuk-tuk, and eventually they meet at a nightclub.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" (radio edit) – 3:47
  2. "Groovejet" – 6:18
  3. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" (Solar's Jet Groove Dub Mix) – 8:18
UK Cassette single
  1. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" (radio edit) – 3:47
  2. "Groovejet" – 6:18
  3. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" (Spiller's Extended Vocal Mix) – 7:27

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Beautiful Day" by U2
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
29 October 2000 – 12 November 2000
Succeeded by
"Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus
Preceded by
"I Turn to You" by Melanie C
UK Singles Chart number-one single
20 August 2000 – 27 August 2000
Succeeded by
"Music" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams
Recorded Music NZ number-one single
2 September 2000 – 9 September 2000
Succeeded by
"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by Modjo

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