(Updated on 24/11/2018)

Origin: Loughton, Essex.

Genre: Breakbeat hardcore.

Years Active: 1989 to present.

Labels: Awesome Records, XL Recordings.

Members: Mathew ”Slipmatt” Nelson (Writer and Producer), Johnny ”Spanish” ”Lime” Fernandez (Writer and Producer), Jason ”Jay J” James (MC), Kelly Overett (Dancer), Jo Millett (Dancer). 

Recommended Songs: On a Ragga Tip (Re-mastered version available on the compilation Rave Nation [2001]). DJs Take Control (DJ Seduction Remix). Pleasure. The Noise (Slipmatt and Lime Remix). Remix of Hypnosis originally performed by Psychotropic. Drumbeats.

Trivia:

  • They are one of many rave acts to come out of Essex in the early 1990s which include The Prodigy (Braintree), Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era (Eastwood), N-Joi (Leigh-on-Sea), Smart Es (Romford).

 

  • To this day it is unclear whether SL2 refers to the Technics SL1200 turntables, or Slipmatt and Lime Two.

 

  • SL2 and Slipmatt and Lime are championed by The Prodigy on the inside cover of their album Experience (1992).

 

  • Formed Awesome Records after allegedly being ripped off by label B-Ware.

 

  • Do That Dance contains a sample of Armando’s Land of Confusion created on the Roland TB-303.

 

 

  • The logo of their record label is a bull. This may be because of the Spanish ancestry of DJ Lime.

 

  • XL Recordings signed them up in 1991 once copies of DJs Take Control on Awesome Records were in high demand.

 

  • DJs Take Control features on the 2002 independent film soundtrack Club le Monde (2002) set in 1993 at just after the hour mark.

 

  • The bassline in The Dance Hall version (Moby Remix) of The Prodigy’s Everybody in The Place is more or less the same as the one in Way in My Brain.

 

  • A slipmat is a circular piece of cloth placed on a turntable instead of the traditional rubber mat.

 

  • Lime is called Lime because he likes limes.

 

  • Jay J is an old friend of Slipmatt and Lime. It is the same Jay J partnered with Devious D on the famous track Time of Our Lives.

 

  • Seal of quality: on the vinyl label for Jay J’s Time of Our Lives, SL2 is written in brackets next to his name.

 

  • Dancer Jo Millett was the girlfriend of DJ Lime. He would go on to co-produce her song R-Type.

 

  • Jo Millett remixed Sunshine by THC (another alias of Slipmatt and Lime).

 

  • Kelly Overett joined the band Capella after SL2 disbanded.

 

  • One search term recorded for this page was ”why did Kelly Overett leave SL2”. The most appropriate explanation is that XL Recordings had lost interest in ‘Rave music’ once its popularity started to decline in the pop charts. Breakbeat hardcore more or less evolved into two new genres with Jungle retaining the drum and bass elements and Happy Hardcore edging towards the faster 4 to the floor kickdrum. So from then on Slipmatt focused on his SMD series and Lime produced Jungle. It’s implied that Kelly and Jo’s involvement was down to the A&R department, not to mention they are not from Essex but rather Ipswich in Suffolk.

 

  • On a Ragga Tip was produced solely on an Atari 1040 and an AKAI S950 sampler in Lime’s bedroom. With the exception of the drum and bass elements, the entire track was produced from sounds sampled directly from Jah Screechie’s Walk and Skank. The intro is sampled from the intro of a longer version and the synth stabs the end of the song. He joined SL2 on stage at Top of The Pops to perform the vocals that were an acappella on his record, but had trouble remembering his lines. Apparently, when he wasn’t scatting, he was a bus driver.

 

  • The breakbeat in On a Ragga Tip is sampled from Gittting Funky (UK Mix) by Kid ‘N’ Play which is a high-pitched two-step-like edit of the break at the end of James Brown’s Funky Drummer.

 

  • The beat from On a Ragga Tip is sampled in Cool Down by Manix.

 

  • The climactic melody in On a Ragga Tip sounds like an interpolation of a hook in Altern 8’s Active 8 (Come With Me) released in 1991.

 

  • On a Ragga Tip has featured in many T.V commercials including television channel Viva’s promos for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in which Carlton can be seen to be rapidly dancing along, and First Direct and McDonald’s.

 

  • On a Ragga Tip can be heard on the soundtrack to popular video game FIFA Street (2005).

 

  • The car the band travel around London in in the promotional video for On a Ragga Tip was requested after they were initially offered a Reliant Robin with pink fur stuck to the outside. They did not like it.

 

  • DJ Lime found the song Walk and Skank out of desire to produce a song with a reggae chant.

 

  • Slipmatt and Lime originally planned for On a Ragga Tip to be a double A side or B side with DJs Take Control.

 

  • The dance performed by Kelly and Jo in the live PAs is effectively a hybrid of the Charleston and the C-Walk.

 

  • On a Ragga Tip released on April 12th 1992 was pipped to number 1 in the UK charts by both Right Said Fred’s Deeply Dippy and Stay With Me by Shakespeare’s Sister.

 

  • SL2 performed DJs Take Control on Top of The Pops on the 31st October 1991. And On a Ragga Tip on the 16th April 1992.

 

 

  • The On a Ragga Tip music video featured heavily on MTV Dance’s I Got Mashed in 1992 in the early noughties.

 

  • The spelling of ”tracks” on Changing Trax is a nod to the record label that released Thank ya by Sweet D where the main sample comes from.

 

  • The break-beat in Changing Trax is sampled from MC Shan’s Juice Crew Law.

 

  • To date On a Ragga Tip appears alongside The Prodigy’s Out of Space on Rave music compilations more than any other tune. The Prodigy’s other 1992 hit Everybody in The Place and Liquid’s Sweet Harmony are a close second.

 

  • On a Ragga Tip was used on ITV2 to promote the upcoming series of Family Guy in October 2018.

 

  • The climactic melody in Drumbeats shares a similar chord progression with the one in the Cloud 9 remix of Nookie’s Gonna be Alright.

 

  • Drumbeats likely contains an edited sampling of Simon Harris’s FX and Scratches (Vol 5) at 52 seconds if not from 2 Unlimited’s Get Ready For This. 

 

  • The track list for SL2’s set at Es Paradis, for the Helter Skelter Deja Vu event in 2002, is as follows: 1. Altern 8: Activ-8 (Come With Me) | 2. SL2: DJs Take control | 3. Cubic 22: Nights in Motion | 4. Convert: Nightbird | 5. Bizzare Inc.: Playing With Knives | 6. Lennie de Ice: We are I.E | 7. Zero B: Lock up | 8. 2 Bad Mice: Bombscare | 9. Liquid: Sweet Harmony | 10. Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era: Further Out | 11. AlienEye: Found a Café | 12. Urban Hype: I Feel The Heat | 13. The Prodigy: Charly (Alley Cat Mix) | 14. Kicks Like a Mule: The Bouncer | 15. Awesome 3: Don’t Go | 16. The Prodigy: Wind it Up (Re-wound) | 17. Gordon Edge: Cmpnded (Edge #1) | 18. Camisra: Let Me Show You (Original Mix) | 19. Rhythm on The Loose: Break of Dawn | 20. Firefox and 4-Tree: Warning | 21. Origin Unknown: Valley of The Shadows | 22. Leviticus: Burial | 23. Krome and Time: Ganja Man.
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