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Slipmatt 88-89 Mix - July 2011

I remember when this mix was released many years ago! Back in 2011, DJ Slipmatt released his 1988 to 1989 mix, and it blew my mind! I've reviewed this mix multiple times already, and only a handful of days ago did I find this mix yet again, and I just had to jump on it. Not just this mix brings back memories, but also the tunes themselves! And if there's one person that can deliver an awesome mix, it's DJ Slipmatt. The Godfather of Rave, right? We all know and love DJ Slipmatt, and not just because of his songs as part of a group you might have heard of: SL2. Or even his solo stuff... it all seems to work. He embraced the Rave culture, and has given us memorable tunes, mixes, and livesets, for which I'm glad I've seen him twice now!

The year is 2011, and Slipmatt releases this monster of a mix. The world wasn't ready, and I sure as hell wasn't either. The mix takes us back to 1988/1989. Do you remember those years? Were you around to experience them? Or were you too young, or not even born yet? For me it is simple: I was around, but only 5-6 years old. I wasn't aware of Rave music, I was more focussed on kids TV. I only caught on at a later stage, but I am unfortunately not one of the early Rave enthusiasts. I am a Rave lover, don't get me wrong, and I regret that I wasn't around to witness this style being played in clubs and illegal raves. Those must have been the days, right?

Slipmatt does what he does best: deliver an awesome mix. Yes, this isn't my first review, and it's been reviewed every so often, but I have to say that every time I hear this mix, it makes me smile. And it has made at least 45k+ people smile. Not just because of the quality of this mix, but also the records selected by the Godfather of Rave. He knows exactly what the crowd wants to hear, and during this 80 minute long mix, he takes us back to these 2 wonderful years, showing us how AWESOME the music was back then!

How awesome? Well, really awesome! Slipmatt played these records, and be honest with me (and yourself): these songs are solid as a rock, right?

  1. Chad Jackson - Hear The Drummer Get Wicked

  2. Young MC - Know How

  3. Doug Lazy - Let It Roll

  4. Sydney Youngblood - If Only I Could

  5. Raven Maize - Together Forever

  6. D.N.A. - La Serenissima

  7. Landlord - I Like It

  8. Impedance - Tainted Dub

  9. Armando - Downfall

  10. Nitro Deluxe - Let's Get Brutal

  11. Addis Posse - Let The Warriors Dance

  12. Black Riot - A Day In The Life

  13. The Todd Terry Project - Weekend

  14. Anne Marie - Just Waiting For you

  15. Adonis - No Way Back

  16. Patti Day - Right Before My Eyes

  17. Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It

  18. Night Writers - Let The Music (Use You)

  19. Separate Minds - First Bass

  20. Inner City - Big Fun

  21. Sweet D - Thank Ya

  22. Turntable Orchestra - You're Gonna Miss Me

  23. Roberta Flack - Uh Uh Ooh Ooh

  24. Debbie Malone - Rescue Me

  25. Dionne - Come Get My Loving

  26. Adeva - R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  27. Rhythm On The Loose - Break Of Dawn

  28. Charles B - Lack Of Love

  29. Da Posse - It's My Life

  30. Rhythm Is Rhythm - The Dance

  31. Mike Dunn & Bam Bam - Magic Feet

  32. Laid Back - Ride The White Horse

  33. Rtyme - Illusion

  34. Sueno Latino - Sueno Latino

  35. Raze - Break For Love

  36. ALY US - Follow Me

  37. Earth People - Dance

  38. Index - Give Me A Sign

  39. K-OS - Definition Of Love

  40. The 28th Street Crew - I Need A Rhythm

  41. The Beat Club - Security

  42. Fast Eddie - Yo Yo Get Funky

  43. Tony Scott - Thats' How I'm Living

  44. The Jungle Brothers meet Richie Rich - I'll House You

This is a proper tracklist. 44 tracks, carefully selected and mixed together by the legendary DJ Slipmatt. Leave that up to him, he knows exactly what to do. He's been in the game since the early days, and he's seen millions of people all over the world, and being such a legendary household name, he does not need any advice on how to please the fans. With this mix he certainly pleases the listeners, and the comments on Soundcloud are all positive. But there's a reason for that: this mix is DOPE.

These are really good records. All 44 are wicked. I cannot fault Slipmatt for choosing these. These are probably the finest records from 1988 and 1989. It's a quick glimpse back in tie, but it's such a glorious one to experience. The music was more 'honest' and more civilised and smooth, or is that just me talking out of my bottom? It was more mellow compared to the present day stuff?

There are so many timeless classics in here, that stood the test of time extremely well. And some are hugely underrated, like my favourite record in this mix: Sweet D - Thank Ya. Now that's my all-time favourite record, that's for sure. Simple, yet extremely effective. I don't need much to 'entertain' me. This is one of those tracks that can go on repeat for hours, and I would still listen to it the next day!

This, to me, is Slipmatt's finest mix ever. Do you agree or disagree? Which Slipmatt mix is your favourite, if the one you are reading about isn't your favourite? Let me know in the comment section below!

DJ: Slipmatt

Genre/Style: Rave, House, Techno, Oldskool, Dance

Mix Info: Slipmatt 88-89 Mix - July 2011

Length Mix: 01:19:29

Tracks: 44 (fourty-four)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 109 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 192kbps

Release Year: 2011

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