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Renegade Masters: Slipmatt

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‘Godfather’, ‘Legend’, ‘International Hero’. All accolades attributed by loving fans Worldwide to the DJ, Producer and scene pioneer known as Slipmatt. For over three decades, this dubplate diamond has been changing the game, staying on the pulse and keeping ahead of the curve, packing dancefloors and selling out clubs long before it was cool and still does so to this very day. He is still doing the Slip Back In Time events in Ibiza which is 7 days of parties that take place every May, now held at the San Remo Hotel, full on day and night pool party vibes! This year went incredibly well and bookings are now open for 2023 here!

Having produced a ton of successful singles and compiled a number of hit selling mix albums under his Slipmatt alias for some of the World’s most respected record labels including United Dance and Ministry Of Sound, Slipmatt is also one of the masterminds behind legendary production outfit SL2 (along with Lime and MC Jay), the visionaries responsible for the chart smashing anthems ‘On A Ragga Tip’ and ‘Way In My Brain’ among many others on the iconic label XL Recordings, home to legendary acts such as The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx; and Adele.

‘On A Ragga Tip’ has in the past couple of years enjoyed a resurgence of popularity as it goes on the current Virgin Media TV ad as part of their Un-Limiting adverts which includes the new ‘On A Ragga Tip’ Un-Limiting Remix, which has equally proved as popular as ever with dancefloors around the globe and has reportedly been in the studio to collaborate with Shades Of Rhythm, Andy Galea of Sol Brothers, Alex P, Awesome 3, Alexis Raphael, Sooney and, his good friend DJ Lime with some brand new SL2 releases also in the pipeline…

This wayward don of dance has also played at every major dance event and venue worth knowing about over the years including Energy, Telepathy, Fantazia, Vision, Universe, World Dance, United Dance, Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, Slammin’ Vinyl, Rezurrection, Elevation, Moondance, Raindance, Peace Fest, Clockwork Orange and to top it all off had the great honour of playing directly after his good friends The Prodigy to a packed O2 Arena of over 20, 000 people, bringing that particular night to an epic close, and ringing in the year 2014 with a tremendous bang.

Slipmatt also repeatedly continues to play across the globe in the USA, Asia, Australia, Europe and every corner of his native UK for a string of well-recognised and well-attended club promotions, festivals and events. He’s no stranger to a Festival or two either playing at leading big top gigs such as Glastonbury, Boomtown and We Are FSTVL and there has also been and continues to be multiple overseas visits to Ibiza where Slipmatt still to this day enjoys regular return trips to the White Isle’s most infamous hot spots to play such as Eden, Es Paradis and Benimussa Park (The Zoo).

His media outreach is quite noteworthy also, having started RAW FM, been a resident on Kiss FM, a regular in M8 Magazine and Mixmag, he’s been on BBC television a number of times including the famous chart show Top Of The Pops, runs two of his own popular Radio shows and Podcasts, World Of Rave and Slip’s House (every Wednesday between 8pm and 10pm on Centreforce Radio). Additionally, has won a multitude of awards, including that of ‘Best DJ’ and ‘Best Producer’ awarded by some of the industry’s most respected bodies.

Not one to ever slow down or fall behind and always keeping himself fresh and relevant, this dancefloor don has been focusing lately on the biggest and best house beats, which has led him to an already extraordinarily busy couple of years. Add to that his book “My Story (and How I Became a World Class DJ)”, which is set to be a smash hit amongst rave fanatics the World over and with a tonne of gigs booked, there are no signs of this crowd-pleasing international artist slowing down any time soon. Check out his upcoming events here.

Godfather Of Rave and still keeping it fresh? Definitely!

I’m so very excited to bring Slipmatt to the ranks of our Renegade Masters to celebrate a massive, and I can’t actually believe I’m saying this, 30 flipping years of ‘On A Ragga Tip’! Seriously, I cannot believe it’s been that long since I started raving and this track was one of the ones that got me hooked on rave music and consequently Jungle and Drum & Bass. It is consistently on my Time Capsule on Spotify, somehow it never leaves the playlist no matter how many times it’s refreshed…gotta be saying something about how much I still listen to it!

“When I really think about it, Ragga Tip was Slipmatt & Lime’s life-long musical journey up to that point in April 1992 and was everything about us and what we loved condensed in to 5 minutes. The huge bonus is that it wasn’t just a big dance tune of that year – 30 years later it’s bigger than ever.”

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Slipmatt has spent a lot of time on this mix for us, so massive respect to him for that, it’s really appreciated! It features music from SL2, Ellis Dee & DJ Swanne, The House Crew, Origin Unknown, A Sides, DJ Hype and loads more…whack it on, turn it up and get your weekend started!! Free download here!

Q&A:

Sum up this mix in 10 words…

Some of the biggest Rave tracks that built Jungle / D&B.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

“On A Ragga Tip” is closest to my heart closely followed by Breaking Free. The stand out track for me is possibly Krome & Time “This Sound Is For The Underground”.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

The magic ingredient is the combination of heavy, raw drums and bass and the special sauce is the urban, rap, and often ragga vocals chopped and sprinkled on top.

The tracks in this mix make up some of the most important foundation blocks for what was to become Jungle and Drum and Bass. 1991 was the year for Hardcore. As that year evolved the breakbeats became more prominent and by 1992 the breakbeats were starting to get chopped into a different vibe and a faster tempo. By 1993, Rave had split in to either the Darkside / Jungle or Happy Hardcore with not much in between. Drum and Bass as we know it was born.

Tell us about your next EP?

Next release is actually an Old Skool influenced Tech House track called “The Song” with D&B producer Dope Ammo. He’s just had huge success with organising and releasing the Moondance “Together” album. It’s coming out as part of the new Together Reloaded EP Part 1 with other tracks by Ed Solo, DJ Sense, RatPack, Jasmine Knight & Akas.

What have you got coming up?

Where do I start? There’s tons… Over the next few weeks, I’m DJing in Corfu, Ibiza, Tenerife and multiple UK events every weekend.

Events include Revival In The Park, Housework, Moondance Festival, Eden Ibiza, The Ibiza Effect, Luvism, Time Tunnel, Centreforce Weekender and the list goes on… check slipmatt.net/events

Tracks:

  • Slipmatt, Sol Brothers & Chelsea Singh – Only Love | October Release with Flipside Records
  • Slipmatt & Andy Galea – Baby | November release with Rekked Records
  • Slipmatt, Sol Brothers & Jodi | NEW TRACK featuring MC Evil B / B Live (Work in progress)

When was the last time you actually raved?

I tend to rave in short bursts these days lol, but I’m always up for a boogie and certainly a few beers. I’ll 100% be raving in Corfu next week and Ibiza the week after 😉

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

I love all genres of Dance music, especially Rave which is pretty much my whole DJ journey. From House to Acid House, Bleeps & Bass, Hardcore, Jungle, Breaks, Drum and Bass and even Trance. My journey has now come full circle and although I still love to play a bit of everything, my focus has very much come back to House Music again where it all started back in 1986. Tech House, Uplifting House and even Rave House are what really float my boat these days and I’ll always drop in a classic or two here and there… Hope to see you at a Club, Rave or Festival somewhere soon x

TRACKLIST:

SL2 – On A Ragga Tip

Ellis Dee + DJ Swanne – Ruff Neck Bizznizz

Criminal Minds – Baptised By Dub

Krome & Time – This Sound Is For The Underground

Sacred – Do It Together

Dance Conspiracy – Dub Wars

Noise Factory – All Crew

The Moog – Jungle Muffin

D Livin – Why

Studio 2 – Dirty Games

Tom And Jerry – Physics

The House Crew – Euphoria (Nino’s Dream Remix)

Metal Heads – Terminator

Slipmatt – Breaking Free

DJ Hype – The Chopper

The Alliance – Champion Sound

XLR8 – Dub Plate

Apollo Two – Return To Atlantis (I Need You)

Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows

Conquering Lion – Code Red

A Sides – Calling All The People (Remix)

Jo – R-Type

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