Touch Me (Rui da Silva song)

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"Touch Me"
Touch Me (Single) Cass.jpg
Single by Rui da Silva featuring Cassandra
Released1 January 2001
Format12-inch single
CD single
GenreHouse, trance, progressive house
Length8:36 (original mix)
3:40 (radio edit)
LabelKismet Records/64 Records/BMG
Songwriter(s)Cassandra Fox, Rui da Silva, Gary Kemp
Producer(s)Rui Da Silva & Cassandra Fox
Rui da Silva singles chronology
"Touch Me"
(2001)
"Feel the Love"
(2002)
Cass Fox singles chronology
"Touch Me"
(2001)
"Out of My Reach"
(2005)

"Touch Me" is a song by Portuguese house producer Rui da Silva and British singer-songwriter Cassandra Fox. The single is arguably Rui da Silva's most popular song, spending one week at the number-one spot on the UK Singles Chart, the first song by a Portuguese act to do so, lasting a total of 14 weeks on the chart and selling over 400,000 copies, earning a Gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry. It was also the first progressive house song to reach number one in the UK.[1] The song also reached number one in Ireland and Silva's native Portugal, while also reaching the top 10 in Flemish Belgium and Spain. In the United States, the single reached number seven on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.

The soulful vocal and deep house groove of "Touch Me" earned Rui an award for Best Single in the Muzik Magazine Dance Awards 2001,[citation needed] as well as a nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist at the Dance Star Awards.[citation needed]

Background and writing[edit]

Vocalist Cassandra Fox wrote the song and co-produced the hit single with Rui (Cass writing the lyrics, Fox/Silva writing the backing track) hanging out at Silva's studio after the two met when he and a friend saw her performing in the West End.

Content[edit]

Da Silva told Billboard that the song originally contained a guitar part which was inspired by Spandau Ballet's "Chant No. 1". This part was removed after difficulties getting clearance on the publishing. The removal of this part resulted in the record's release being delayed from Christmas 2000 until the beginning of 2001.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Bob Stanley of The Guardian reflected that, although the first UK number one of 2001, the song was what he imagined as a child the first number one of the 2000s would sound like, saying he "knew it would be electronic, and may involve a certain amount of silver lurex." He further commented of the song: "The sound of the future had arrived in that most cosmic of years, exactly as it might have been imagined by Stanley Kubrick: spacy, disembodied, oddly beautiful."[3] He did however comment he did not remember the song from when it was a hit,[3] a point reinforced by Dom Passantio of Stylus Magazine, who called it "easily the most forgotten number one of the decade."[1]

Versions[edit]

  1. "Touch Me" (Original Mix)
  2. "Touch Me" (Saffron Mix)
  3. "Touch Me" (Radio Edit)
  4. "Touch Me" (Double 99 Club Mix)
  5. "Touch Me" (Double 99 Dub Mix)
  6. "Touch Me" (Peace Division Higher Mix)
  7. "Touch Me" (Peace Division Higher Dub)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cassandra Fox's version[edit]

"Touch Me"
Cass Fox - Touch Me.JPG
Single by Cass Fox
from the album Come Here
Released30 October 2006
FormatCD single, 12"
GenreSoul, R&B
Length4:01
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Cassandra Fox, Rui da Silva, Gary Kemp
Producer(s)Rollo Armstrong
Cass Fox singles chronology
"Little Bird"
(2006)
"Touch Me"
(2006)

Island Records released their own version in 2006, re-recording it with the backing track for her album Come Here. Information of the re-release was posted on her personal website. "4 years after the track was originally number one, the track written and sung by Cass with Rui da Silva is being re-released on October 30th. Remixes come from X-Press 2, Tom Neville and Spencer & Hill and have already been getting plays on Radio 1 (Judge Jules) and Kiss FM."[31]

Cassandra Fox left Island Records, and decided not to move forward with the re-release of Touch Me. She went on the Faithless Tour instead.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. Touch Me (Spencer & Hill Radio Edit)
  2. Touch Me (X-Press 2's Rave and Bleep Vocal)
  3. Touch Me (Tom Neville Mix)
  4. Touch Me (Spencer & Hill Full Length Mix)
  5. Touch Me (Tom Elmhirst Radio Edit ) *Hidden Track
12"
  1. Touch Me (Spencer & Hill Full Length Mix)
  2. Touch Me (Tom Neville Mix)
  3. Touch Me (X-Press 2's Rave and Bleep Vocal)
Download only (Via 7 Digital and iTunes)
  1. Touch me (Mike Koglin & Jono Grant Remix)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Passantino, Dom (10 April 2006). "Gotta Get Thru This: Dom Passantino's Survery of the New Millennium's UK #1 Singles". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 26 June 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Da Silva Proves He's Got the Right 'Touch' 02/10/01". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 113 (6): 39. 10 February 2001. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ a b Stanley, Bob (17 December 2009). "Top of the Noughties Pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  7. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World (February 10, 2001)
  8. ^ "Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra: Touch Me" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Rui Da Silva Feat.Cassandra Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 3, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 18 January 2001". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 7, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. 23 March 2002. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  17. ^ a b Romanian Top 100 Singles Airplay Chart - Top of the Year 2001
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  23. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Rui Da Silva Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Club Chart 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2001". Ultratop. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2001". Ultratop. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Ireland - Top Singles For 2001". Allcharts.org. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  29. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  30. ^ "British single certifications – Rui Da Silva – Touch Me". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 July 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Touch Me in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  31. ^ Cass Fox (2006). Cass Fox Online Archived 19 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine CassMusic.net (Retrieved 11 September 2006)

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