Matt ‘Slipmatt’ Nelson really needs no introduction. A true Godfather of rave culture and the inventor of On A Ragga Tip as part of SL2 way back in 1992, it begs the question – would clubland really sound the same today if we deleted Slipmatt from history? Still going strong 30 years later, the old skool scene continues to be one of the most celebrated, ever.
Ahead of Slipmatt’s appearance at the club classics and old skool festival, Back To The Old Pool, on Saturday 8th July in Blackpool, we find out which old skool records he names as his all times favourites.
Scratching his head, Matt begins, “there are so many great Old Skool tunes right back from the late 80s that this is almost impossible to pick just 5. So I’ve picked 5 of the biggest from 1991 and 1992, the hay-day of the Hardcore Rave explosion. Hope you like the selection and I look forward to seeing you at Back To The Old Pool on 8th July.”
1. SL2 – On a Ragga Tip 1992
Well, what can I say? It may not be a track that I actually choose to listen to that much anymore, but then I have heard it almost every weekend for the past 25 years lol. Everybody seems to love it, it always rocks the dancefloor, and it’s simply been so, so good to me that it has to take the number 1 spot.
It was 25 years old on 6th April this year. We made it in DJ Lime’s bedroom studio in Loughton, Essex expecting it to be the B-side of our next release. Last minute we decided to make it the A-side and then went on to sell over 200,000 copies and stay in the top ten for about 10 weeks hitting No.2 for 3 weeks. I would never have thought it, my dream came true…
Edge #1 Compnded 1992
This has to be the most played record in my box for its time. In my mind it was ahead of its time. The production is amazing and it simply had all the elements perfectly put together to erupt any dancefloor, and still does every time with the Old Skool ravers.
Even now I draw this regularly and it always does the business. A little secret… it was also a massive inspiration for my SMD series that I started in 1993.
3. The Prodigy – Out Of Space 1992
Possibly the biggest tune of its era and still massive 25 years later. It never fails and it gets any and every crowd absolutely rocking. You can even sing along lol. I’m very proud to have been label buddies with The Prodigy back in the day. The only downside is you rarely catch them at a rave these days as they are such worldwide superstars.
Big up The Prodigy! Absolutely iconic and immeasurably talented.
4. Liquid – Sweet Harmony 1991
Another label buddy with XL Recordings and still very good friends all these years later. Raw to the core and straight out of Bethnal Green, East London, this track optimises the essence of the rave scene for me back in 1991.
The piano line is a beast and has totally stood the test of time. Although not totally Liquid’s own piano invention, by sampling it they have made it in to the biggest piano breakdown ever. Now re-sampled over and over again by so many genres, it absolutely smashes any party, any age group, any time. Eamon from Liquid is still working the circuit and has just released a brand new album “Energy Flows”.
5. Shades Of Rhythm – Sound Of Eden 1991
I remember the first few promos from Shades back in 1990 and being blown away by the sheer quality and energy of their tracks. For me Sound Of Eden is their stand out tune which has been remixed many times over the years, even by myself back in 2006.
These guys have updated themselves perfectly over the years and are still running the show all over the UK and beyond with amazing performances with DJing, keyboards and live vocals that you must go to see at this year’s Back To The Old Pool!
Catch Slipmatt alongside the likes of Dave Pearce, Chicane, Sonique, Mauro Picotto, Baby-D, K-Klass and many more at Back To The Old Pool on 8 July at the Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool. For more info visit www.back2theoldpool.com