Encore une fois

"Encore une fois" (French for one more time) is a song by German DJ group Sash!. It was released in January 1997 as the second single from the album, It's My Life - The Album. It found huge success in clubs throughout the world and is one of Sash!'s biggest hits to date. The song also features vocals in French by German vocalist Sabine Ohmes. It was released in the UK in February 1997 and propelled itself to number 2 on the single charts, quickly earning a Gold certification. Throughout Europe, the track became a top-20 smash in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. It peaked within the top-10 in Belgium, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden. In Ireland, the song reached the top of the charts. In the United States, the song became a club smash and hit number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart and stayed on the chart for fourteen weeks.

Two main versions of the song exist. One is the original edit, which was used in the music video and appeared (in extended form) on Sash!'s debut album It's My Life. The second is the Future Breeze edit, which is a much harder version of the track and is the most popular with fans. It appears on Sash!'s best-of albums and as a bonus track (in extended form) on It's My Life.

11 years after it was first released the song again reached the top 40 in three countries as part of a mashup. The music from Sash!'s hit was combined with the vocals from Stunt's "Raindrops" to create a new track "Raindrops (Encore une fois)".

In 1998/1999, L'Oréal used this song for the promotion of their Elseve shampoo in TV advertisements.

When the single was originally released, a pressing-plant error swapped the first two tracks (Original and Future Breeze edits) thus giving the Future Breeze remix accidental success; it therefore became the official version.

Critical reception

Smash Hits said in their review, "Think Faithless' Insomnia in a trancey continental style." They added that the song is "big on the synth stabs, massive on bangin' 4/4 beats, huge on some husky French bird screaming, "Encore une fois!"."

Music video

The music video for "Encore une fois" was directed by Oliver Sommer.

Two versions of the video exist, one with the Original Edit and one with a slightly shorter version of the Blunt Radio Edit (an alternative edited version of the Future Breeze Remix). The former can be seen on 10th Anniversary's bonus DVD and the later can be seen on Altra Mode Music's official YouTube channel.

Track listings

CD 1 # "Encore une fois" (Original Edit) – 3:38 # "Encore une fois" (Future Breeze Edit) – 3:38 # "Encore une fois" (Future Breeze Mix) – 6:25 # "Encore une fois" (Original 12" Mix) – 6:28 # "Encore une fois" (Merlyn and Chuck Mellom Mix) – 5:50 # "Encore une fois" (La Casa De Tokapi Mix) – 5:19

CD 2 # "Encore une fois" (Blunt Radio Edit) – 3:49 # "Encore une fois" (Future Breeze) – 6:29 # "Encore une fois" (La Casa Di Tokapi) – 5:22 # "Encore une fois" (Dancing Divas Club Remix) – 7:24 # "Encore une fois" (The Powerplant Remix) – 9:42 # "Encore une fois" (Original 12") – 6:27


Weekly charts

Year-end charts